Someone up above referred to 'inferior ballistics'. Oh, really? Then I suppose the .22 short is inferior, too? Each cartridge is what is, that's all. It can be applied to an appropriate use. I happen to be in the camp that thinks the .222 Rem is one of the finest cartridges ever developed. Gonna go elephant hunting with it? Naw, prolly not. But crows, squirrels, p-dawgs, whistle pigs, pop cans, and a host of other targets succumb to it just fine. And, it is economical, fun, and a cartridge that the kids can easily master reloading and shooting. Obsolete? Not hardly!