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223 vs 22-250 Efficiency

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bluetopper, May 9, 2014.

  1. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    Depends on the range.

    22-250 will reach out and touch something a bit farther than the 223 Remington.
  4. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. Peter M. Eick

    Peter M. Eick Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. joed

    joed Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. witchhunter

    witchhunter Well-Known Member

    Depends on your use. This is like a .308 vs. .30/06 thread. They both have pros and cons.

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