It is more front heavy than a 16", but it is not too bad at all, especially since the whole thing is quite light. The balance point with the scope on there is right behind the first q-cert threaded point.
With a heavier scope, it would move back a little.
Thanks. Based on comments from a couple of builders, it appears the issue with this caliber in a bolt gun is with the magazine. I'm guessing if the demand is there, the issue will be resolved. I hope my guess is right.
I have toyed with the idea of the 224V ever since it first appeared on this forum. It's tempting, but I always pull up short before engaging the "Gee what would mine look like" process.
That's because I already went thoroughly through all of this with the .22-250. I mean I bought the gun, shot it plenty, and learned a fact or two that had managed to evade the popular discussions.
The .22-250 (and likely also the 224V) really heat up the barrel much quicker. Not just being concerned about bore life, my major quibble was that accuracy became unstable many shots prior to the conclusion of a competitive COF. Such Courses Of Fire require sustained fire for a given string of shots, and there is just no way around that.
So, in essence, the .22-250 may shoot great, but it doesn't shoot great in the very COF's that I wanted to use it for.
I determined that for what I wanted, the .223/5.56 was about as much case capacity as I would actually need, and which I could effectively employ to meet those needs. Going appreciably bigger just doesn't accomplish what I want my 22 bore centerfire rifles to do.
For more capacity, I standardized on the .260 Remington; which has effectively sustained all my shooting needs for nearly two decades in applications that would otherwise motivate me to go with overbore 224 chamberings.
For me, it's all just a matter of choices, based on experience with what works for me.
It'd be a pretty easy setback/rebarrel a Howa 1500 Mini if you want a tiny 224V bolt gun, otherwise just go .22-250 on a standard short-action. I'm not disagreeing with you there, Greg, there's an appropriate tool for any job. What barrel make, contour an dlength did you run the .22-250 through?
Personally, I'm more interested in the 95 SMK for a comp gun. High BCs, low recoil, flat trajectories and relatively low pressures in 'overbore' cases to meet 3200fps in shorter barrels.
Ruger KM77VT MKII .22-250, 24" 1:12" (14"?) cold hammer forged Varmint contour. Also a 308, same configuration except 1:10" twist. Both are long gone from my inventory. It was about money, not about performance. Outside competitive circles, the .22-250 was one helluva Chuck rifle.
I agree about appropriate tools, and have decided the .260 does it for me better than the 22-250.