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    Default 22-250 vs .243 Winchester, input please

    I'm looking for a medium to long range varmint rifle. Considering the 22-250 or the .243 Winchester. Any pro's or con's. I'm not sure which one would be better. Any suggestions, greatly appreciated.

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    I have 2 questions to help answer your request: What are you considering long distance? and do you have ANY intentions for using this gun for deer also? 22-250 is a better long range varmint round than the 243, but if you ever want to hunt deer I would go for the 243.
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    My definition of long range is 300-400 yrds. I envision using this gun to shoot ground hogs, coyotes, or even prairie dogs out west if I ever get the chance to get out there. I have a 30-06 that I use for my deer hunting, and am quite satisfied with it. I suppose it would be convienient to be able to use this rifle to shoot deer, however if I had the intention of shooting a deer I would probably be using my 06. I appreciate the input.

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    go for the 22-250 if all you are hunting is varmints. It has a lot more speed and flatter trajectory a long distances but it wouldnt be humane to shoot a deer with it----a .243 is the smallest thing I would use for a deer

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    For what you describe, I would go with the 22-250. But, I would go one step further (or down) and go with a 223 or a 222. I have a 222 and a 222 Mag. They are easy on the shoulder and easy on the ears. 400 yards is a long way for a 55 gr bullet and it doesn't make much difference if the 22 cal barrel it came out of has a 222/223 or a 22-250 chamber on the other end of it.

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    Thank you all for the input. I believe the 22-250 is what I need. Now I just need to decide how much money I need to spend.

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    If you are planning a trip out west to shoot prairie dogs at 300 to 400 yards,best get the 243. Normal days in Colorado,Utah or Wyoming expect a 10 mph breeze with gusts up to 15 or 20 mph. Reason being,most 22-250 barrels are in the 12-14 inch twist rate,and coupled with the short neck of the cartridges,60 grain bullets are ,IMO, about as heavy as you can shoot with any degree of accuracy.A 220 swift on the other hand,with the same twist,again IMO, handles heavier 22 caliber bullets better because of the higher velocity it can achieve and case design which makes for less wind drift,course all this is shooting reloads,and is my own personal opinion and experience. I live right in the middle of prairie dog central,in fact we used to have a prairie dog shoot that was semi famous nationally,but ,as in all things the libs messed it up, but there are still plenty of dogs to go around,just can't charge people to shoot them 8)

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    I like the 243. Compare some of the trajectories available with the 243 and you will see that it can shoot as flat as the 22-250 but has heavier bullets available if you want it.
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