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Old December 9, 2008, 08:47 AM   #1
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Looking for Velocity AND Power

Hey, I've been looking around all morning for a round that suits my needs. The only one that has come even close to my liking was ridiculously priced as far as ammo goes. I like the speed of the 22-250, but it doesn't quite have the energy that I am looking for. I like the power of other rounds, but the lower velocity turns me off. Looking for a powerful round that has an extremely FLAT trajectory. Any recommendations?

And a common round would be best, because I'm not interested into dropping 50$ for a box of ammo.

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Old December 9, 2008, 09:11 AM   #2
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What shooting are you doing that you need that "Next County Cannon"?

Velocity is not all that it is cracked up to be. I too, when I was younger, wanted the fastest and flattest cartridge in all calibers but then a funny thing happened. I became ballistically educated.

Don’t get me wrong, I still like speed but no longer find it at the top of my list. I have come to realize that accuracy and consistency is key and most calibers kill exceptionally well, and even better, at medium velocities.

I am now way fonder of the medium to large bore calibers in medium to low range velocities. They impart less damage not only to the game animal but also to me.

I like fast flat cartridges, but rarely grab for one unless my shots are going to be at varmints or a possible shot at a game animal at 300+ yards.

This of course is just my opinion.

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Old December 9, 2008, 09:31 AM   #3
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j.chappell echoed my sentiments pretty much exactly lately. Although I have some high speed cannons, with my situation currently, they have seen limited action back home. Same question as j.chappell, what is your intended use? Specific or one kinda general all round?
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Old December 9, 2008, 09:51 AM   #4
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+1 to the above comment. I find you don't really need a 4000 fps capable rifle for a hunting or long range target shooting rig. Even then it will be tough to reach the 3000 fps with any cartridge you will deem affordable. Your best bet would be a .243 Win, .25-06, .270 Win, and 7mm Rem Mag if you want to push bullets a little ways past 3000 fps that has more power than the .22-250 that are affordable.

I'm not interested into dropping 50$ for a box of ammo.
You had better learn to hand load if you really have to have it all (speed and power) then you better be prepared to spend a lot of money to get it. You are going to be looking at cartridges like the .30-378 & .338-378 Weatherby and 7mm, .300, & .338 RUM if you are going to be working with commercial ammunition. Again some of these are capable of getting over 3000 fps by quite a bit but are very expensive to feed.
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Old December 9, 2008, 09:52 AM   #5
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I've been looking around all morning for a round that suits my needs.
We aren't sure exactly what your needs are.

Are you looking for a long range rifle for varmints? A long range rifle for big game, and if so, how big? How about long range target competition? Maybe you just want bragging rights? I'm not knocking any of these motivations, but you're asking for advice without telling us what you are really trying to accomplish.

And a common round would be best, because I'm not interested into dropping 50$ for a box of ammo.
This pretty much takes the .338 Lapua, .416 Barrett, and .50 BMG off the list. The problem here is that performance has costs associated with it. Money for the firearm, ammunition, and optics is a big cost. Recoil, noise, and barrel wear are other costs.

If you really need or really want high performance then you will probably have to pay more for the ammo and the rifle and the scope.
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Old December 9, 2008, 09:57 AM   #6
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.243 Winchester, 6mm Remington, 25-06 I believe are very good cartridges and the ammo is decent priced. Check out the ballistic tables and you will see for yourself. You will find that the heavier bullets of these cartridges have higher ballistic coefficients and they may not start out with the speed of the 22-250, they come close and the extra weight bullet gives you the extra power you are after.
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Old December 9, 2008, 09:53 PM   #7
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Get yourself a .458 Win. Mag. or .458 Lott. Learn how to reload it because a box of 20 runs about $120.

Plenty of power, not half bad velocity for a nearly half inch diameter, 500 gr. bullet -- about 2,200 fps.

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Old December 9, 2008, 10:45 PM   #8
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300 Win Mag.
right now, a box of decent shells runs you about 26$. I load my own for about 60 cents a piece, that is with 180 Gn Hornday SSTs. They easily break the 3000 FPS line by 200 FPS . LOTS OF POWER!! It s worth a look.
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Old December 9, 2008, 11:43 PM   #9
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Now that is a fairly good combination of speed and power. Do they mag 20rd mags for it? Hahaha.
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Old December 10, 2008, 02:01 AM   #10
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Get a 243. It has speed, power, trajectory, accuracy, and is one of the cheaper rounds to shoot. Not cheap to shoot, just cheaper than some others.
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Old December 10, 2008, 02:14 AM   #11
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Old December 10, 2008, 02:20 AM   #12
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Looking for speed and energy......

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Old December 10, 2008, 02:31 AM   #13
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Try a .225 Winchester or a .264 Winchester 2 of the greatest rounds ever made!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old December 10, 2008, 09:58 AM   #14
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Probably wouldn't hurt if the OP spoke of intended use.

Hard to compare, say, a .204 and a .300 RUM. They both have speed, but there's a wee tad of disparity in the power.
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Old December 10, 2008, 10:44 AM   #15
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A 243 Win or 270 Win will be the cheapest and easiest to find. They are reasonably fast in the scheme of things. Any move up is going to run the price up a lot quicker than the velocity gained.
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Old December 10, 2008, 02:45 PM   #16
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.270 can do 3400fps in factory loadings (110gr), and 3600 in hand loads(90gr). Federal has the 110gr loading on its website.
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Old December 10, 2008, 03:13 PM   #17
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it has been said, but velocity is not much of a good judge oflong range performance, a .257 Wby Mag is extreemly flat shooting ( sighted in 3"high my 257 drops a 100gr. TSX bullet 4" below point of aim at 400yards, thats really, really flat. but if you load and dont want to spend that kind of $ for ammo/components, a 6.5/06 is very good, as is the 6.5-284 norma, the .264 win mag is good (ive never been a fan of the Winchester magnum cartridges, but the .264 seems good), if you are looking for a varmint/predator rifle, a .243, 6mm rem, 6mm Ackley Imp, .224 TTH, .220rocket, .220 swift, .22-250, .22-250 Ackley Imp, your choices are nearly endless, these are some long range rounds ive had success with.
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I would recommend the .25-06. It seems to be what the .243 would be if it found some of the juice Barry Bonds took.

Some of the lighter bullet weights are pretty fast and have good energy and are pretty flat. The heavier bullets are roughly as fast as the .243 but offer considerably more energy.

Price is reasonable compared to other bullets.
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Old December 10, 2008, 11:52 PM   #19
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Not yet mentioned, the .300 Wby. Mag., a flat shooting, forceful rifle.
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Old December 10, 2008, 11:55 PM   #20
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I'm surprised someone didn't mention the 460 Weatherby Magnum.

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Old December 11, 2008, 12:23 AM   #21
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Cartridges exist which can give you what you need, but there is a price to be paid. First, you'll have to deal with the recoil and the blast. Some of the recoil can be dissipated by increasing rifle weight and using a muzzle brake, but this increases blast in most cases, and makes the rifle less handy and portable.

Next, you'll have to accept the prices associated with ammo. Even if you handload, the brass is going to cost more, more than likely have fewer cycles, and you're going to burn through a lot more powder. Eight pounds of powder goes twice as fast when you're dumping 100 grains as opposed to 50 grains. So either way, you're going to pay more for ammunition. There is no way around it.

Third, high velocities and large doses of powder means less barrel life. Again, you can keep the barrel as cool as possible, maintain a good cleaning regiment with proper technique, and do everything in your power to prolong the inevitable, but in the end, there's really not much you can do.

So in terms of trajectory, velocity, and downrange energy, you're probably looking for a 7mm, .30 cal, or .338 caliber magnum starting with the 7mm Rem Mag and going all the way up to the .338-378 Weatherby or the Lazzeroni magnums. Look into the 7mm STW. There's also the 7mm Rem Ultra Mag, but its really overbore and I think you'd be better off stepping up in diameter by that point. You can consider the .300 Win, .300 Weatherby, .300 RUM, .300-378 Weatherby, ect, with many of the same cases being adopted to .338 caliber magnums as well--.340 Weatherby, .338 RUM, .338-378 Weatherby.

You're probably going to be lucky to find a box of premium ammo that will take advantage of any of these cartridge's ballistics and allow you to achieve an appreciable advantage with them for $50. My dad manages to reload his .338 RUM for about $3 a round. That equates to $60 a box or just below in his case. But factory ammo loaded with similar components can easily cost much more. I reload my 7mm Rem Mag for less than $1.5 a round, last time I checked. Rising component prices may have increased that a bit.

You're not going to get cheap, high performance ammo from a high-velocity magnum. Sorry to burst your bubble...
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Old December 11, 2008, 01:00 AM   #22
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Old December 11, 2008, 01:19 AM   #23
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Old December 11, 2008, 08:11 AM   #24
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I vote for the .257 Wby Mag, but you need to reload to be able to afford to shoot it. I love mine. It is extremely flat shooting and has lots of energy.
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Old December 11, 2008, 08:53 AM   #25
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Looks to me like bryce wants everyone else to do his research for him. He still has said what he intends to do with it. That might help. Beyond that it's all speculation.
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