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Do I need a 22 250?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Mitchguns, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Mitchguns

    Mitchguns Nevada New Member

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    I was thinking about buying a 22 250 but I'm not sure I need one I have 2 223's and a 243. I shoot a lot of rabbits and rock chucks but usually use my 17hmr
     
  2. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Probably not, but why let that stop you? I don't need a sixth .45 either but I'll still buy it just in case Obwan wins and issues an executive order cutting off all sales of guns.
     
  3. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    Yes, a 223 is too slow and a 243 is to big that's what you tell the wife anyway.
     
  4. WhyteCheddar

    WhyteCheddar East of Moscow by the Willamette Well-Known Member

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    Used to have a 22.250 Howa with a heavy barrel. It might be the only gun I wish I never sold.
    I loved it. Super flat, super fast.
    In fact, I just talked myself into putting one back on my short list. :)
     
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  5. just dan

    just dan PDX Active Member

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    How far are you shooting? I quite like the 22-250 for distance, more so that the .223... But I'm admittedly not a .223 fan
     
  6. Zepoll

    Zepoll Keizer Active Member

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    Dude, I don't know if you "need" one, but after a recent outing, and seeing what my buddies 22-250 did to my AR500 3/8 steel plate.... I WANT ONE.

    I've shot that thing with .22lr, 9mm, 45 .ACP, .223, .308 and .30-06 and it's done great.

    He asked what it could take and asked if he could shoot with the 22.250 and I said "Sure"... Damn near punched through it. Pushed a perfect shaped peg 3/4 of the way through.

    I was very impressed.

    I'll put up a picture if you want.
     
  7. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Don't own one anymore but I loved my .22-250s! That cartridge is a real heck bender! Very flat shooting and spectacular impacts! On the bad side they are very loud and some ranchers don't care to have them used on their property. I was twice asked what we would be shooting And only got permission to hunt there because we promised to use .223s on down.

    P.S. Of course you need one!
     
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  8. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    A 22-250 is no louder then any other .22 cal centerfire rifle at the same speed. If your worried about being louder then a .223 don't load up past 2900-3000fps and with the same lenght barrel and bullet the sound pressure level will be the same.

    I use highly explosive slugs like Hornady 55gr SPSX's at 3400fps and they will vaporize anything smaller then a cotton tail and will take a coyote right out at 300 yards.
     
  9. Jerry

    Jerry Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Yes!

    You NEED a .22-250.
     
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  10. BANE

    BANE Battle Ground WA. Well-Known Member

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    It is a great round it's very fast and likes to burn up barrels..
     
  11. sprocket3

    sprocket3 Oregon - Wet Side Member

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    No.. You need a 6.5 something instead. Or maybe something in 20cal. 6.5 would be great for long Rock Chuck shots.
     
  12. longcolt

    longcolt Zephyrhills, FL Active Member

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    Of course you do! Everyone needs a 22-250 its one of the cornerstones of any well balanced gun collection.

    And yes, its a shooter for sure. Buy one, you will love it and thank us all for encouraging you to buy it. (your wife may hate us though)
     
  13. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Why not buy a .223 then? At 3400 fps plus the big .22 is plenty loud! Also as Blane says, at the higher velocitys bbl life is a bit short.
     
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    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    Everyone needs a 22-250. Close down the thread.
     
  15. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I was looking at a 300wm yesterday. Mentioned to another customer I already had a 270 and a 338wm.He said I didn't need the 300wm then.

    I,being single,with no one to answer to,ask him what "need" had to do with it?
    You are over 18? Non felon? Kinda want one?
    Go get it.
    Leave "need" out of the equation.
     
  16. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    As stated above - what's NEED got to do with it? More a question of want vs. budget. After all - with speed limits being what they are no one "needs" a vehicle that does double the posted limit for public roadway use but they still sell a ton of cars and bikes that are more than capable of it.
     
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  17. Tbucket

    Tbucket Olympia,Wash. Active Member

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    I have thought about one of these too but was told they are barrell burners, how long does a barrell last. P.S. don't tell me to use light loads the speed is what I like about them.
     
  18. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    No you dont, you need two of them! I started with one, then another, then another. I sold the .223's as the 22-250 is superior at the ranges I shoot.
     
  19. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    No way to tell. Different loads, level of care with cleaning, different alloys. But, remember, rebarreling is not all that expensive. And it's like buying a whole new rifle, fun wise! They are FUN to shoot too, did I mention that?
     
  20. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thats simple to answer. I can load a 22-250 to mimick a .223 but you can't load a .223 to equal a 22-250.

    Yes at 3400fps the 22-250 is loud never said it wasn't. In the 30 years I have shot a 22-250 I don't remember once its report being an issue. YMMV


    As to barrel life in a 22-250 I have no idea those I have had have been able to out shoot me for the last 30 years. So I guess I haven't got there yet.