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Old 01-31-2004, 02:07 AM   #1
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Default .223 OR .224 Bullets?

I started to reload for a 22-250 and am using 55 gr vmax bullets-.224 dia. I have seen other .223 diameter bullets also. Why is there a difference? Can I use either or in a 22-250?

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Old 01-31-2004, 07:16 AM   #2
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I believe the 223 dia. bullets would be for your Hornet and some of the older model 22 Jets & Fireballs, your 22-250 should be 224 dia and tho the 223 dia would pose no problems they probably wouldn't be as accurate.
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Old 01-31-2004, 12:37 PM   #3
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Default RE: .223 OR .224 Bullets?

.224cal for 22-250, and most other modern .22cal centerfire cartridges for that matter. To my knowledge, only older production .22 Hornet rifles used .223cal bullets. But I believe that current production .22 Hornet rifles are bored for .224cal bullets.

Just out of curiousity, doesn't your reloading manual state that the 22-250 uses .224cal bullets? I'd be surprised if it didn't.

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Old 02-07-2004, 07:55 PM   #4
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That was one of the first mistakes I made loading for my 22-250. the 223 "hornet" bullets don't work worth a dang in my 22-250. They just don't engage the lands and hit the dirt after anything over 150 yards. I cannot tell you how embarrassing that was when I was trying to show off my new Savage on prairie dogs at 400 yards. My shooting partner still finds time to bring it up in conversation.
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