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whats the difference between a 22 lr and a 22-250 or 223, and which is best for hunting rabbits, squirels and the like?

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

.22 LR is rim fire and the other 2 are centerfire. The .22LR would be exceptable as a small game cartridge as it is. The other 2 are meant for varmints and the likes. Kind of like the difference between a Honda Civic and a Coupe DeVille

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from thunderdog512 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

A 22 lr is a rimfire cartridge and 223 and 22-250 are both centerfire cartridges. You want the 22 lr for small game and the 223 and 22-250 for predator hunting and for taking out praire dogs and things of similar size.

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from J4huntfish wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

the two guys above, hit the nail on the head

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from capodastro wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

thanks for the info, so centerfire is too much for small game or would it be a more versitile option?

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from lyndonavery wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

If you really wanted to hone your precision marksmanship ability you could use the 22-250 or 223 rounds to hunt small game at 200-400 yards +/-.

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from thunderdog512 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Its to much. I can't think of any centerfire cartridges that are small enough to use for small game and 22 lr is so cheap to shoot i dont know why you would choose anything else. A brick of 22 lr is only 20 bucks which is 500 rounds. Each cartridge has its own purpose, so that means another reason to buy a new gun =)

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

t'dog.

The .22 Hornet is an acceptable small game centerfire. I've killed lot's of game with the Hornet. From deer (not suggested!) on down. Squirrels are still edible.
The Hornet was VERY popular at one time but has fallen by the wayside. Ruger builds a Hornet and NEF builds a Hornet. I'm sure there are some others out there I'm not aware of.
Anyhow!
Yes, there is still at least ONE centerfire that is okay for small game.

Bubba

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

the .22 LR is the best for small game such as that however with enough practice a .223 is a great caliber as well.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

you can also use shotguns for small game if you do are good at head shots or do not mind picking out bb's. I usually make a wld game stew out of all my small game where I mix it all together with veggies and have it for a superbowl feast.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

The .22 Hornet is an excellent small game centerfire with a short maximum range (about 175 yards), and is not highly destructive of tissue. The .22 Win Mag is a .22 rimfire on steroids, about midway between the .22LR and the Hornet in range and performance in game.

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from CHKILCHII wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

.22lr 'nuff said.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

The .22 WRM is legal for fall turkeys in my state. It has plenty punch to put down a turkey, but may I suggest hollow point ammo and a back or frontal shot that puts the bullet in the boiler room.

Bubba

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from Ed J wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Difference between a 22lr and a 22-250 about the same as the difference between a moped and a Corvette.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

whats the difference? lol!!! ones a rimfire and ones a high powered rifle! 22 LR for the little critters.

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from thunderdog512 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Bubba- i knew about the 22 hornet but didnt know how strong it was thats why i suggested the 22 lr and its cheap to shoot too. But thanks for letting me know about it, i'll have to go read about it now.

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from EGFGboy wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

22LR would beyour best choice. 17 HMR is also a great small game cartridge

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Yes, t'dog, the .22LR is still the "cheapest" shooter, regardless of reloading. To me, the Hornet is a superb inbetween. Lot's more "oomph" that a LR round without destroying small game but not as loud or overwhelming like the .223 or .22-250.
With practice, patience, accuracy and extreme detail to shot placement, there is almost NO limit to the game that can be taken with the Hornet!

Bubba

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

t'dog.

The .22 Hornet is an acceptable small game centerfire. I've killed lot's of game with the Hornet. From deer (not suggested!) on down. Squirrels are still edible.
The Hornet was VERY popular at one time but has fallen by the wayside. Ruger builds a Hornet and NEF builds a Hornet. I'm sure there are some others out there I'm not aware of.
Anyhow!
Yes, there is still at least ONE centerfire that is okay for small game.

Bubba

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from lyndonavery wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

If you really wanted to hone your precision marksmanship ability you could use the 22-250 or 223 rounds to hunt small game at 200-400 yards +/-.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

The .22 Hornet is an excellent small game centerfire with a short maximum range (about 175 yards), and is not highly destructive of tissue. The .22 Win Mag is a .22 rimfire on steroids, about midway between the .22LR and the Hornet in range and performance in game.

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from Ed J wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Difference between a 22lr and a 22-250 about the same as the difference between a moped and a Corvette.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

whats the difference? lol!!! ones a rimfire and ones a high powered rifle! 22 LR for the little critters.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

.22 LR is rim fire and the other 2 are centerfire. The .22LR would be exceptable as a small game cartridge as it is. The other 2 are meant for varmints and the likes. Kind of like the difference between a Honda Civic and a Coupe DeVille

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from thunderdog512 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

A 22 lr is a rimfire cartridge and 223 and 22-250 are both centerfire cartridges. You want the 22 lr for small game and the 223 and 22-250 for predator hunting and for taking out praire dogs and things of similar size.

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from J4huntfish wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

the two guys above, hit the nail on the head

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from capodastro wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

thanks for the info, so centerfire is too much for small game or would it be a more versitile option?

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from thunderdog512 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Its to much. I can't think of any centerfire cartridges that are small enough to use for small game and 22 lr is so cheap to shoot i dont know why you would choose anything else. A brick of 22 lr is only 20 bucks which is 500 rounds. Each cartridge has its own purpose, so that means another reason to buy a new gun =)

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

the .22 LR is the best for small game such as that however with enough practice a .223 is a great caliber as well.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

you can also use shotguns for small game if you do are good at head shots or do not mind picking out bb's. I usually make a wld game stew out of all my small game where I mix it all together with veggies and have it for a superbowl feast.

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from CHKILCHII wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

.22lr 'nuff said.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

The .22 WRM is legal for fall turkeys in my state. It has plenty punch to put down a turkey, but may I suggest hollow point ammo and a back or frontal shot that puts the bullet in the boiler room.

Bubba

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from thunderdog512 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Bubba- i knew about the 22 hornet but didnt know how strong it was thats why i suggested the 22 lr and its cheap to shoot too. But thanks for letting me know about it, i'll have to go read about it now.

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from EGFGboy wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

22LR would beyour best choice. 17 HMR is also a great small game cartridge

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Yes, t'dog, the .22LR is still the "cheapest" shooter, regardless of reloading. To me, the Hornet is a superb inbetween. Lot's more "oomph" that a LR round without destroying small game but not as loud or overwhelming like the .223 or .22-250.
With practice, patience, accuracy and extreme detail to shot placement, there is almost NO limit to the game that can be taken with the Hornet!

Bubba

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