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from Drew Steven Knoop on 12.08.09
Anderson I wonder how things measure up when you factor the bullet weight into the equation with fps, gr to arrive at the most efficient cartridge. How you do that I have no idea. Nevertheless, I am sure the 30-06 would score well!
If you are looking at equal loading of powder the .30-06 and the .223 are the most efficient cartridges. By most efficient I'm talking about muzzle velocity per weight of powder (fps/grain).
Patrick You can tell when I am tired as I miss words in my comments - see above. It was 25 below zero today and I had equipment all over the country handling some challenging jobs. The winter cold makes everything more difficult. If you think a rifle can have issues in the cold try trucks with hydraulic equipment on board. The lightest oil flows like molasses. Hard on equipment and equally hard on people. If you are outside working it takes so much more energy as your body has to work extra hard just staying warm. Anyway, I digress ---I'm thinking that I have so many boxes of 25 caliber bullets used for my 25-06 that could be fired with a whole lot less powder and fuss with the little 250-3000.
Patrick 88 have hunted with a little Remington Mohawk rebarreled to a 250-3000. That is a terrific round, light recoil, easy to reload and accurate. Well balance cartridges tend to spawn other round- the 220 Swift and the 22-250 are offsprings of this great little 25 caliber. A 250 Savage in the Reminton Model 7, the Winchester Model 70 Featherweight Classic or the full stock short actioned Ruger International would be a great combination.
There are so many new cartridges that is hard to keep up. I don't know much about the Ruger round mentioned by Daniel.
Don't forget about the 204 Ruger. Hornady makes a 32 gr. v-max that comes out of the muzzle at 4,225 fps.
well guys looks like you are good at your gun facts but how about the 250,3000 savage first gun to top 3000 fps is pretty close to both of your selections.
Call it a tie as both manage to pass the 4000 fps marker at the muzzle. Both these calibers have been chambered for factory rifles. The 220 Swift has likely had a larger following, at least until the shooter shoot out the barrel of his rifle with this extremely hot load. Because of the barrel erosion aspect the 22-250 with a slightly lower velocity has put the 220 Swift on the back burner.
I would agree with Millered on the 220 Swift but I would like to check the 17 Rem centerfire that seems to have disappeared from the scene. It may eclipse the Swift's velocity.
the fastest and longest reaching 22 cal is the 220 Swift
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