223 vs 22-250 Efficiency


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bluetopper
May 9, 2014, 11:31 PM
The 22-250 gets roughly 11% more velocity using the same 55gr bullet and in doing so, consumes about 45% more powder to achieve it over the 223 cartridge. Is it worth it? To some yes, to others, not so much.

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mljdeckard
May 10, 2014, 01:28 AM
To me, it's a question of whether you prefer a bolt rifle or an AR. If you're using a bolt rifle for varminting, use the 22-250.

cfullgraf
May 10, 2014, 03:54 AM
Is it worth it?

Depends on the range.

22-250 will reach out and touch something a bit farther than the 223 Remington.

jmr40
May 10, 2014, 08:14 AM
Not to me, and it is a lot more complex too. Most 22-250 barrels are slow twisted to shoot lighter bullets. The 223's faster twist allows much heavier bullets. In reality the 22-250 usually shoots flatter with lighter bullets, up to a point. The 223 is really designed to perform better at true long range with heavier bullets

To me the 223 is more versatile. At reasonable ranges I can compensate for the difference in bullet drop. Plus I have the option of heavier bullets which opens up a lot more possibilities.

Peter M. Eick
May 10, 2014, 08:32 AM
Ok, a 22 Hornet gets 500 fps less velocity (45 grn bullet, speer 14 data) for half the powder. So it is 17% less efficient for half the investment of powder.

Is it worth it? To some yes, to others not so much.

Lets go one step finer.

A 22 LR (if you can find a round) uses a tenth the powder of a 223 and puts out the same 40 grn bullet at half the velocity.

Is it worth it? To some yes, to others not so much.


To me, the 22/250 is a neat compromise for folks like me that could not find a 220Swift when I sold off my last one. Remember you can always download from 22/250 velocities to 223 velocities or even 22LR velocities if you are careful and creative. You can't take a 223 up to the 22/250 velocities easily and safely.

This is why I don't own a 223 anymore and do own a 22/250.

joed
May 10, 2014, 09:19 PM
Depends on your use. I'm a varminter and enjoy that type of hunting. The velocity of the 22-250 really kills groundhogs. I would never use a 223 with a heavy bullet because of the risk of ricochet.

witchhunter
May 10, 2014, 11:53 PM
Depends on your use. This is like a .308 vs. .30/06 thread. They both have pros and cons.

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