Varmint rifle???

Varmint rifle???

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    Varmint rifle???

    What would you consider an all-around varmint gun??

    My son is taking an interest in shooting coyotes, prairie dogs, etc. and I need to look at something that will get him a little bit farther out than his .22, something like a scoped .223, 22/250 or the like.


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    For coyotes, groundhogs, and rock chucks, I recommend a CZ 527 in .223. For prairie dogs, you'll need a heavy barrel for heat dissipation. Again I recommend a .223; low recoil and inexpensive if you don't reload.

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    Honestly i would say for an all arround .2## cal go with a good ar platform , and a conversion kit .. cheap plinking and learning the manual of arms , and with a mid weight barrell it will shoot well further than most folks can hold , look especialy at the " flat top " uppers maby with a bolt on " luggage handle "
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    My varmint rifle is a Ruger 77 MkII in .223. Light rifle and plenty accurate enough - tho as a side note, my Contender in 223 is actually a tighter grouper at 100 yds!!!


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    223 is the only way to go if ammo cost is a consideration.

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    For coyotes I would use a .220 swift.
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    how far out is question 223 is good but i would go with 22-250

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    very good recommendation on the CZ !
    Now... depending on game and reach.... how about the caliber ! If you don't reload the .223 is great.
    But if you do.....22-250 or even a ... .17 remington.
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    If the .22 isnt quite enough the .223 will be your round of choice, imo!
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    I've got a Howa m1500 thumbhole varminter and I'm really pleased with it... Howa makes the actions for the remington model 700 so it's basically a remington 700.... Its a bolt action with a 5 round internal magazine... With the cheapest ammo you can buy from wal-mart, my gun shoots about 1moa..... As far as cost goes, I got mine with the stainless bullbarrel and the thumbhole stock for around $650 (msrp is $842)... If you get a blued barrel its about $110 cheaper and the non thumbhole stock will save a little money too... Heres a link to their website with all the different configurations they have for the gun, including what rounds you can get them chambered in and MSRP: http://www.legacysports.com/howa/index.htm (scroll down and click on #6, Supreme Rifles)... They have other rifles you might want to look at but I don't have any experience with them, though I'm sure they're fine... I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one of their rifles, I'm really pleased with it.

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    the big question is how far you going to shoot? Coyote hunting in my neck of the woods rarely gives me more than a 200 yd shot, I use a .223, a Rem. LTR. If I needed more distance, I'd opt for a 22-250. That would give me a whole lot more range.

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    At realistic ranges of 100y-250y, I would use a .223. At 250-400y I would go with a .22-250. Anything above that I would use a .243, or 25-06, and up.
    These are not best cartrages, but most avalible. If you plan to reload there is lots of great options.

    I think the best "all around" is a toss-up between .223 and .22-250. The .22-250 gives better range, and a more clean kill. But the recoil wont let you see where you need to correct your scope withought a spotter, or muzzle break. Honestly, when I went varmint hunting I grabbed my .223 more than the .22-250. But thats just me.

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    How about the fur? do you intend on harvesting the pelts? That plays a big role in cartridge selection....

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    I like Howa rifles too, but I've got to clear up one thing. Howa DOES NOT make the actions for Remington. They do however make the Weatherby Vanguard series of rifles, and the discontinued Smith & Wesson 1500 series were made by Howa.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeepinjason View Post
    I've got a Howa m1500 thumbhole varminter and I'm really pleased with it... Howa makes the actions for the remington model 700 so it's basically a remington 700.... Its a bolt action with a 5 round internal magazine... With the cheapest ammo you can buy from wal-mart, my gun shoots about 1moa..... As far as cost goes, I got mine with the stainless bullbarrel and the thumbhole stock for around $650 (msrp is $842)... If you get a blued barrel its about $110 cheaper and the non thumbhole stock will save a little money too... Heres a link to their website with all the different configurations they have for the gun, including what rounds you can get them chambered in and MSRP: http://www.legacysports.com/howa/index.htm (scroll down and click on #6, Supreme Rifles)... They have other rifles you might want to look at but I don't have any experience with them, though I'm sure they're fine... I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one of their rifles, I'm really pleased with it.

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