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#5667551 - 03/24/15 06:05 PM 22-250 vs. 243?
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What are y'alls thoughts on these 2 calibers strictly for varmints/predators?
This wont be a deer rifle so the argument of .243 being more versatile for deer is irrelevant..
We're strictly talking a long range, accurate varmint gun. what are your thoughts?
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#5667597 - 03/24/15 06:25 PM Re: 22-250 vs. 243? [Re: booradley]
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I would go with the .22-250. But I have both calibers so . . .
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#5667622 - 03/24/15 06:42 PM Re: 22-250 vs. 243? [Re: booradley]
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If only for predators/varmints and you are not going after mountain lion, the 22-250 and it isn't even close.

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#5667624 - 03/24/15 06:42 PM Re: 22-250 vs. 243? [Re: booradley]
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.22-250. IMO the best varmint caliber made.
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#5667629 - 03/24/15 06:45 PM Re: 22-250 vs. 243? [Re: passthru]
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Originally Posted By: passthru
I would go with the .22-250. But I have both calibers so . . .


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#5667666 - 03/24/15 07:03 PM Re: 22-250 vs. 243? [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
.22-250. IMO the best varmint caliber made.


Not arguing but why?
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#5667703 - 03/24/15 07:19 PM Re: 22-250 vs. 243? [Re: TXHOGSLAYER]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
.22-250. IMO the best varmint caliber made.


Not arguing but why?


Mostly because of super low recoil. I think of varmints as coyotes, bobcats, coons, etc.

Fast and flat.

If hogs were the main thing and I for sure wanted them DRT/recovered the .243 would be better. He didn't say for hogs though. But I don't mind at all shooting hogs with whatever is in my hand at the time. smile


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#5667709 - 03/24/15 07:24 PM Re: 22-250 vs. 243? [Re: Txkiller]
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Originally Posted By: passthru
I would go with the .22-250. But I have both calibers so . . .


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#5667713 - 03/24/15 07:26 PM Re: 22-250 vs. 243? [Re: Pittstate]
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Originally Posted By: passthru
I would go with the .22-250. But I have both calibers so . . .
Originally Posted By: Pittstate
If only for predators/varmints and you are not going after mountain lion, the 22-250 and it isn't even close.


I was looking at rifles chambered in 22-250 at first but nearly all of them have a 1:14 twist and figured you wont be able to shoot heavier bullets out of it nor reach the potential of a 22-250 can have with a 1:10 or 1:12 even. Is this relevant ? what are thoughts regarding that?
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#5667773 - 03/24/15 07:56 PM Re: 22-250 vs. 243? [Re: booradley]
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Originally Posted By: booradley
Originally Posted By: passthru
I would go with the .22-250. But I have both calibers so . . .
Originally Posted By: Pittstate
If only for predators/varmints and you are not going after mountain lion, the 22-250 and it isn't even close.


I was looking at rifles chambered in 22-250 at first but nearly all of them have a 1:14 twist and figured you wont be able to shoot heavier bullets out of it nor reach the potential of a 22-250 can have with a 1:10 or 1:12 even. Is this relevant ? what are thoughts regarding that?


It depends on how heavy a bullet you want to shoot. I've owned or loaded for a half dozen .22-250s over the years. I currently own two. All have had the standard 1:14 twist. Every one will stabilize the Sierra 63 gr, and the Winchester 64 pp will shoot if you push it fast.

Since I consider the .22-250 a varmint cartridge (with apologies to the many cull deer that I've shot), I see no need to load heavier bullets. The 63 and 64 gr pills easily can handle a coyote that is way out there. If you hunt in the Panhandle where long shots and windy conditions are the norm, you might want to choose something like a .243 or .25-06 for your coyote medicine.
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#5667814 - 03/24/15 08:13 PM Re: 22-250 vs. 243? [Re: booradley]
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I use a 220, as long as pigs aren't part of the hunt. If and when the pigs come back to my place, I'll step up to my next size up, which is the 260, or would be a 243 if I had one. My 220 shoots the 63 gr Sierra, but I wish it would shoot the Nosler 64 gr BSB or the 65 gr Sierra GK.

I guess I'd be Ok with that slower 22-250. :-)

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#5667816 - 03/24/15 08:14 PM Re: 22-250 vs. 243? [Re: booradley]
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Thanks for all the information gentlemen. I have never shot a 22-250 before.
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#5667863 - 03/24/15 08:39 PM Re: 22-250 vs. 243? [Re: booradley]
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22-250 for varmints. I never met a guy that had a 22-250 and didn't love it.
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#5667901 - 03/24/15 08:51 PM Re: 22-250 vs. 243? [Re: booradley]
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I guess the cool thing about the .243 would be you could load light or heavy without having to worry about barrel twist issues. Im guessing that some of the 22 250s might not like the 70 grainers on the heavy side and the 243 would give you im guessing 70 to 100 grain options. I know that the 22 250 puts out some lightning speeds with light weights. Is wind a issue where you hunt? My .223 blows all over the place when its real windy. And long range light weights in 30 mph winds sheww. Let me get my wind indicator out. The .223 kills varmints just fine. Im guessing 22 250 on some yotes would be cool too. hmm all the options scratch
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#5667942 - 03/24/15 09:04 PM Re: 22-250 vs. 243? [Re: REALKILLER]
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Originally Posted By: REALKILLER
I guess the cool thing about the .243 would be you could load light or heavy without having to worry about barrel twist issues. Im guessing that some of the 22 250s might not like the 70 grainers on the heavy side and the 243 would give you im guessing 70 to 100 grain options. I know that the 22 250 puts out some lightning speeds with light weights. Is wind a issue where you hunt? My .223 blows all over the place when its real windy. And long range light weights in 30 mph winds sheww. Let me get my wind indicator out. The .223 kills varmints just fine. Im guessing 22 250 on some yotes would be cool too. hmm all the options scratch


haha EXACTLY... "all the options" if i could get a 1:9 22-250 so i could buck the wind it'd be great. i might have to decide to get both calibers and add versatility to my gun safe happy3
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