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    Default .223 or 22-250?

    Im looking to buy a rifle for deer/cyote hunting. I have an option of getting a Stevens .223 or 22-250. The price is exactly the same for either. Just wondering what people think about the two?

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    For deer the 22-250 might be better since you could push heavier bullets faster. You'd need a real tough bullet to hold together though at those speeds. With neck shots I don't think you would be able to tell the differance between the two, but the 22-250 might hit a little harder if you are aiming for the shoulder.

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    The 223 is alot cheaper to shoot and about as good

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    Id go with the 223. But think both cartridges are on the small side for deer.

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    My buddy in Idaho has shot a ton of mule deer with his 22-250. Go for it!!

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    .223 is cheap but the 22-250 shoots flatter at longer ranges. The .223 should do less damage on fox hides but the 22-250 would be better of the 2 for deer (I agree both are a little small). Do they make a 243 in that model/price? It may be a better choice across the board.

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    We have the Stevens .22-250. It is a great gun for the price. Great Caliber. Shoots VERY flat. Have the Nikon Buckmaster scope with a 40mm bell mounted on top. We love this rifle!

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    Buy the 22-250 it's a great round. The .223 is fun to shoot but the 22-250 will out perform it all day long.

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    Keep your shots under 100 yards. It's the law! (Couldn't help myself after reading about the "Reality Show".)

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    What state are you going to be hunting in? Some will not allow .22 cal for deer. The ones that do, have to be 55gr bullet or bigger. I have killed plenty of whitetail with my 22-250. Neck and head shots. Anthing within 100 yards will get a third eye. Either way, both are good rounds. I am partial to the 22-250. Is a bit more pricy to shoot but ballistically, outperforms the 223 all day. Just my .02

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