Read a Post today by ‘orkan’ of Primal Rights in SoDak, his quote is below. It seems he is quite the 22 Creedmoor fan.
“Designed or not designed… an 80gr Berger VLD at 3450fps+ is one of the most versatile and lethal things I’ve ever used on anything. Prior to seeing it for myself, I too was skeptical… but experience is experience. 22 Creed with that bullet is a ruthless killing machine.”
I grew up thinking of the 22 caliber as a small varmint caliber, an idea reinforced, well everywhere really. Except for the 22-250 which seemed to be a good for ‘Stand’/‘Still’ or Close-in hunting, and a great truck back window choice for larger varmints.
For Deer and Antelope the 243Win and 6Rem were about the lower limit, and in the crowd I rolled with, they were considered to be Ladies and Kids rifles. Especially the .243, they were like a Moped or a Scooter. Fun, but you didn’t want to be seen using one.
Previously I considered the 6mm for hunting Antelopes, but didn’t like the barrel life issue. That is until the Tac6 for the AR15. I was intrigued by the 6mm in a AR because I always thought the M-16 should have been a 6mm. Coupled with modern bullets and the 6.8SPC or 6.5G cases I thought it made a viable cartridge with a more reasonable barrel life. Now the shooting world has the ‘Mini’ action 6mmARC, and the 22 has moved up to the short action.
In fact it seems the 22 Creedmoor is quite the Deer slaying machine, along with a few other 22 cartridges, the .224 has a growing list of aficionados. Some of these folks have decades of extensive hunting in the American West. Enough for me to take notice.
My discovery of Savages’ ‘easy and cheap’ DIY switch barrel trait, and the same for the AR; coupled with modern mono bullets was a slow rolling epiphany for me. The 6.8 SPC and Grendel cases seem to be the upper limit for the ‘Mini Action’, and 6.5 PRC’s and 6.8 Western’s short magnum cases the upper for the ‘Short Action’.
Here is the question I will be pondering at red lights, or standing in the check out line for the next few weeks. The 6mm vs 22 Caliber, which is best for what, and which action for what purposes?
Here is another quote in case you want to ponder too:
“As much as I favor low recoil cartridges, I find it hard to believe that the recoil of a 7.5 pound 6mm Rem. rifle (10.6 ft. lbs.) is beyond the ability of Texas deer hunters to control, while the recoil of a 7.5 pound .224 TTH rifle (10.2 ft. lbs.) is easily handled by the same guys. 0.4 ft. lb. of recoil energy must be more significant to Texas trophy hunters than it is those hunting in other parts of the country.” - Chuck Hawks
Note: The .224 TTH is a Wildcat from a necked down 6mm Rem case loaded with a 80gr .224 bullet.
Interested in hearing what others have experienced or concluded…