Best varmint long range cartridge in 224 caliber?

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I just sold my .223 and have several hundred Barnes and other non-lead bullets in 224 caliber. Looking for a more powerful long range cartridge. I reload everything. Thinking of f 22-250. Want a bolt action rifle. Any suggestions on something better than the 22-250? Thanks.
 

Hunter527

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Theres not a 224 caliber cartridge on earth that can compete with the mighty 243 Winchester. I knew a ground squirrel who would agree.
 

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I shoot a Ruger Number 1 in 220 swift because I was a velocity advocate in my youth but if I had it to do over again it would be the 22-250. I also have a model 700 in 222 which has served me well over the years. I can't think of a better 22 caliber long range varmint cartridge than the 22-250. 6 mm's are great as well and work better at extended ranges because of bullet weight but that's another conversation.
 

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I just sold my .223 and have several hundred Barnes and other non-lead bullets in 224 caliber. Looking for a more powerful long range cartridge. I reload everything. Thinking of f 22-250. Want a bolt action rifle. Any suggestions on something better than the 22-250? Thanks.

I feel the .243 is a little much for even prairie dogs.......;)

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Sell the components and buy a 204!
Barnes VG at 225yds for yotes unless you go lead then 300yds.
Ground squirrels 350yds after that it has no energy.
Loud, but no kick I can watch the squirrel in my scope disappear into thin air.
 

DragonSlayer69

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I just sold my .223 and have several hundred Barnes and other non-lead bullets in 224 caliber. Looking for a more powerful long range cartridge. I reload everything. Thinking of f 22-250. Want a bolt action rifle. Any suggestions on something better than the 22-250? Thanks.

22 Creedmore


 

Aeon

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damn you 6mm thread thieves... stay on topic

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220redline aka 22saum, short action ultramag case necked down to 22. Take your wimp of a 22-250 and go home as the mighty saum spits out 75gr bullets at like 4k opening a worm hole to a alternate reality and killing us all.

barrel life should be in the 2 or 3 shots before you have put a new tube on but who is counting?
 

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I hunt Coues deer regularly with a 22 creed. I use 90g vlds at 3060. I have killed deer past 600 without issues.
 
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You can't get much better than a 22-250 in a .224 offering for long-range "work" if you stay with the .224 bullets. The only drawbacks with the 22-250 are that throat life is shorter than others and powder use is more than others. That said, it will take a lot of ammo to burn out the throat and powder usage just a bit higher than some others in a .224. As someone up above said, you might consider the 22 Creedmoor. It has been described as a 22-250 Improved. There are others out there, but you specifically asked abut long range shooting with a .224.
 

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