Which Caliber

Discussion in 'The Hunting & Fishing Forum' started by Fast Forward, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. Fast Forward

    Fast Forward Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    Chaska Minn
    Maybe this has been Beat to death allready but I,d like to get you Guys opinions on which caliber you would choose for Small Game at 200 yds plus,,I allready have a 223 but I,m thinking 22/250 or 204 Ruger,,,what do you guys think
  2. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    .223 or .222 gets my vote.

  3. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    .223 gets my vote too.
  4. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
  5. Millwright

    Millwright Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2005
  6. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    I cant see any .22 centerfire bore being cheaper to run than a .223 rem.
  7. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    +1. Not only cheap, but any excellent, accurate round out to 500 yards.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2012
  8. Fast Forward

    Fast Forward Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    Chaska Minn
    I love my 223 to death ,I,m just looking for something to Compliment it and Yes I,m Talking the yearly trip to the Dakotas but also I can range shoot all day without making Hamburger out of my shoulder,,,allready got enough other Calibers to do that
  9. savage170

    savage170 Member

    May 3, 2011
    I grew up with the .222 and 250 savage and still lean to those 2. After the last 4 years I tend to stay away from change
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  10. Albtraum

    Albtraum Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    .223 unless you fee like paying 22-250 or .204 prices. ($1 = 1 round) (.223, $1 = 4 rounds)
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2012
  11. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    If you're looking for a prairie dog rifle, a .22/250 or .220Swift is a nice long-range compliment to a .223. You won't get off as many rounds before heating the barrel up though so plan on slowing your pace compared to the .223.

    For a short-range compliment, I'd check out a good little .22Hornet. Sounds like you're looking for a longer range rig, but they're cheap to feed and you can shoot one all day and hardly warm the barrel up.

    I'm running .204 for my long-range varmint rifle right now. On paper and in the field, a 32gr .204 is near-identical to a 55gr .22/250 in velocity/trjectory/windage and a 40gr .204 is not much slower.
    I've taken 'yotes out to 200yds with the .204 and it drops em just as dead as the .22/250. 200yds is my personal limit, I never liked shooting beyond that with the .22/250, Swift, or .22/6mm.

    If you want something different, one of the .223-sized 6mms (6x47mm, etc) might be something to check out too.
    A little heavier bullet, but it'll carry good energy out to 200yds+ for varmints & coyote/fox hunting. Would even be usable on whitetails at 100yds or so.
  12. Zhurh

    Zhurh Active Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Upper Yukon, Alaska
    Might seem too big, but I really like my 6.8 stag for an all around light gun. Nice thing is it only weighs 7 lb, with a 10 rounder and I'm set for larger game if the need be. Have killed a bunch of bear & caribou with same little gun along with wolves & lynx. I load 29 grains H-322, 110 ttsx, and she chronos 2700.
  13. oldfartrr

    oldfartrr Active Member

    Jun 30, 2012
    northern calif
    6mm remington,,(a lil zippier then 243) with light loads with 55gr bullet for rabbit,,110 gr bullet for larger deer.. have dropped several toule elk with that load, at around 200 yrds. depending on what u shoot at good out to 600 meters if u do your part, and anything in between with the right load. have taken coyotes at 400yrds with barnes 75gr hp
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2012
  14. Fast Forward

    Fast Forward Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    Chaska Minn
    Lots of Varied opinions here,,,Being able to re-load helps in the decision making ,,then I need to pick a Basic vehicle to send the chosen Projectile down range,,,about a year ago I started with a 243,plastic stock Stevens and finished with a heavy Barrel 223 with a pillared and bedded Boyds walnut all the work being done by me and and a gun pro with 20 years of experience,,Great Winter Project Gets cold in Minnesota,,,keep giving opinions I,ll make a decision,,late this Month
  15. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    .204 is supposed to be a flat shooting beast!

    I was looking at a .204 CZ
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