.223, .22-250, or .220 swift?

Discussion in 'Rifle Talk' started by Maser, Nov 11, 2005.

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  1. Maser

    Maser Super Member

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    ok guys what in ur oppinion is the best varmint rifle? i say .220 swift
     
  2. uglydog

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    It kind of depends on what your use is. The .223 is not in the same class as the other two but it is acceptable for the vast majority of varmints. I have two that I use for all my varmint hunting, a Mossberg SSi-One and an M4 style AR-15. The Mossberg is a single shot and gets used mainly for woodchucks, prairie dogs, and other times I don't think a second shot is a necessity. The AR is used when chasing coyotes with hounds or when I feel multiple dogs might come in when calling. The .223 is nice in that ammo can be had very inexpensively and in a variety of loadings. I had a 22/250 for a while but found that the .223 covered the lower end of the scale just fine and my 6mm handled the higher end the few times I needed it. Several buddies still have them as well as a few with Swifts and I don't see much difference between them. If I were to get another gun to replace the 6mm, the .22/250 would be my pick over the Swift due to ammo availability and price. If I were to be limited to only one .22 centerfire it is a dead heat between the .223 and the .22/250. They both have their strengths and weaknesses though I would lean towards the .223 if I didn't reload due to price.
     

  3. 583

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    22-250 no real particular reason it the only 22 centerfire i have ever shot or have. i dont use it much because i dont hunt varmints if i did though i was use my 270 WSM
     
  4. mike .308

    mike .308 Well-Known Member

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  5. Hairtrigger

    Hairtrigger Well-Known Member

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    I voted swift.
    Many factory loadings have the 22-250 at a higher velocity.
    223 in areas where noise is an issue
     
  6. Maser

    Maser Super Member

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    lol wow all 3 cartridges are tied :p
     
  7. Dirigo

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    id rather have a 223, no need for super long shots and cheap ammo is good
     
  8. TXVAshooter

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    223

    price on ammo, and plenty of loadings to explode varmits when necessary.
     
  9. Maser

    Maser Super Member

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    uh oh .223 is in the lead now :roll: i guess we have lots of M4 and mini-14 lovers here :D
     
  10. TXVAshooter

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    Re: re: .223, .22-250, or .220 swift?

    Fine gun models, but no. I prefer a NEF Handirifle, a single shot. wastes less ammo, and you make your shots count, yake your time for a clean kill. (The most important aspect, right after SAFETY!) Excellent round for varmits, I've even taken a small Texas deer or two, (does, 50 yard shots.) Not my first recommendation for shooting one, though- those days were long ago. Yes, the 223 is a versatile caliber, indeed.

    TxVa
     
  11. semiauto

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    .223 is what it's all about 8)
     
  12. john humphries

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    .223 does anything I need it to do, and I have a Remington 700 in 22-250.
     
  13. GHO III

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    .223 does well for me and shooting my AR keeps me doing well at the range for qualification at my reserve unit.

    George 8)