The .22-250 Remington and .220 Swift are very close to each other in almost all performance categories. Copyright 2018 by Gary Zinn and/or That's pretty bullshit advice since new calibers are coming out all the time, so unless you have insider information that includes specs and a release timeframe (which you should PM me as proof), I'm going to keep looking into what's out there right now. At one time, Ruger produced both their No. As I recall, the load pushed about 4,400 f/s – even though on inspection, there was no evidence whatever of flattened primer or high pressure signals. When combined with lighter, smaller diameter bullets, new cartridges using smokeless propellant like the 7mm Mauser, .30-40 Krag, and .30-06 Springfield led the way out of the black powder era and offered massive increases in velocity over common black powder cartridges of the day like the .38-55 Winchester, the .44-40 Winchester, and the .45-70 Government. Do you want a cartridge ideal for hunting big game like feral hogs and deer? 22 Hornet. Both cartridges have substantially less wind drift than the .204 Ruger and .223 Remington. Here are the extreme spreads of performance variable values for the thirteen loads listed. The 220 Swift I have no experience with yet. However, I generally discourage the average hunter from taking those shots (no offense whatsoever to you) and instead recommend aiming for the heart/lungs. It will handle all velocities from about 1500 up to 4500 and the performance of most of the other standard and wildcat cartridges can be equaled. The .223 Remington is the only real choice here and there are countless good quality AR-15 style rifles chambered in .223 Remington or 5.56x45mm NATO. This makes the .223 Remington a better choice than the others for hunting larger game. The .22 Nosler uses a 1:8″ twist rate in its barrels, restricting bullet weight to 85 grains or less. For reasons that are unclear, Winchester chose the 6mm Lee Navy case as the parent for their new high velocity .22 caliber cartridge instead of the .250/3000 Savage. The limitation that must be recognized here is that the .223 Rem. Similar distinctions are also found in other brands of bullets. First out of the gate was the .22 Nosler, followed a year later by the Federal .224 Valkrie. At 200 yards or less, I never worry about bullet drop and rarely have to think about adjusting for wind drift. or .243 Win. First, the .204 Ruger shoots the smallest bullet: .204″ (5.2mm) compared to the .224″ (5.7mm) bullets used by the other three. I got to take it out to 800 yards at the SHOT Show’s Industry Day at the Range, and I can report very mild recoil in the gas gun, and the ability to see my own vapor trail and call my own shots in the desert air. As a practical matter, only five of these are, or are likely to be, heavily used for the purpose: the .204 Ruger, .223 Remington, 22-250 Remington, .243 Winchester and .25-06 Remington. With a 30 degree shoulder, it offers a good blend of clean feeding and positive headspacing, and has shown excellent accuracy. I did this because I know that many serious varmint hunters reload, tuning the ammo to meet their needs and preferences. Glad to hear that yours is working out. The Varminter was also much more versatile than the Swift. I'd go with 6.5 Grendel for long range shooting on an ar-15. One of these days Hornady, Sierra, Nosler is going to come out with a 20 cal polymer tipped bullet in 55-60 grains that will be a PD's worst nightmare. Of the group, the .223 Remington is by far the best for hunting big game because more rifles chambered in the cartridge have a fast rifling twist that’s capable of stabilizing longer and heavier bullets. The rest are honestly just borderline big game hunting rounds and aren’t legal for deer hunting in many states. The same can be said about varmint hunting with the .204 Ruger or the .22-250 Rem. Among others, the Barnes Varmint Grenade, the Berger Varmint HP, the Hornady NTX and V-Max, the Nosler Ballistic Tip and Varmageddon, and the Remington AccuTip V are available in .204 caliber bullets. They’re all also available in a wide variety of plain old soft point bullets from a variety of manufacturers. I do not see it ever regaining the position it lost to the .22-250. Two companies have developed cartridges based on that case head: Nosler and Federal, with their .22 Nosler and .224 Valkyrie, respectively. Note: I have stressed the effect of bullet drift from significant winds in this article, but did not explain how wind force and direction affects bullet flight. It didn’t take long at all for designers to start building even smaller bore cartridges with correspondingly higher muzzle velocities. To get that tack driving accuracy I believe you must work up a handload for the Swift. The larger caliber bullets buck the wind better than do .204 and .224 bullets. The .223 Remington lags behind the others, but it’s no slouch either. Buy some quality .204 Ruger hunting ammo here. In 1965 Remington domesticated the popular .22-250 wildcat, which within a couple of years became the best selling of the ultra-high velocity .22's. However, the .204 Ruger is necked down to .204″ (5.2mm). I built one with the 18" Stoner barrel when they were on sale at Midway for $105. I think the .224 Valkyrie will be with us for quite some time, and create quite a few converts. The .22-250 Remington and .220 Swift have a significantly flatter trajectory are more resistance to wind drift than the .223 Remington, so they have a definite advantage as ranges increase as well as in windy conditions. The data used to compare the trajectory and wind drift of the cartridges was obtained from Hornady. My best load so far with the new barrel is a 60 Grn. I guess I have a .223 bolt I could always rechamber, but I was looking for something a bit more 'fun' hence the AR platform. The .22-250 Remington is the next most common. (It also has the most obnoxious muzzle blast and recoil, by far, and is the least suitable, general purpose varmint cartridge in this article. In addition to the impressive external ballistics of the cartridge, the .220 Swift also exhibited devastating terminal performance on small game like woodchucks/groundhogs, prairie dogs, coyotes, foxes, etc. The Wind Deflection of Hunting Bullets for a detailed discussion of this issue. Buy an outstanding .223 Remington hunting rifle here. The answer is that the .243 can handle heavier bullets than can the .22-250 and heavier bullets are better when the hunter frequently encounters windy conditions.

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