Written by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Philip Mahin
When I first started shooting at distant targets, the rifle I went to was a Remington 700 chambered in 22-250 with a laminated varmint stock. It could easily hit a pie plate set up at 400 yards and splatter hedge apples with regularity. It was a good setup; the stock was solid and kept everything in place, the bull barrel didn’t heat up much and as long as I was true on the trigger, it shot well for me.
It occurred how much I miss that rifle when a caller told me he was taking the 22-250 barrel off his action to replace it with a 22-243 aftermarket barrel. He wanted to crank the velocity up a bit and with what he had, this was his best option. He was speaking of a 40 acre plot that held prairie dogs if I remember correctly and was getting the same reaction with his old barrel that I was getting some time ago, leaving both of us smiling like we were up to no good. Then it hit me, I traded that rifle for something that, at the time, I thought should have been heads up and above better. As it turned out, it wasn’t and that firearm is gone now also and I know I’ll never make that mistake again. Maybe I just need to revisit the 22-250 Remington cartridge and trek back over to the old stomping ground to do some feel good shooting. There should be a whole mess of new hedge trees by now just overflowing with ripe targets.
Til next time, be safe and have fun.