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Posted: 7/10/2002 3:32:31 PM EST
Anybody out there hunt varmints (non-game year around season animals- coyote, woodcucks, marmots, wild pigs, oppossums, feral dogs, long tailed weasels ect? My favorite varmint caliber is the old .25/06 Remington. It's a .30/06 necked down to take a .25 caliber bullet. Very good gun. CRC
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 4:49:31 PM EST
Gotta go with the .223 Doesn't buck the wind as well as the heavier cartridges at distance but hits with authority and can be used in these wonderful AR delivery systems. That's the real attraction to the .223
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 5:00:42 PM EST
6ppc. I think it still holds the title as the most accurate round yet devised.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 5:41:47 PM EST
I've shot most of my varmints this year with a .17Rem but if I had to go with my favorite it would be my 8 twist 22BR using the Hornady 75 Amax.

Absolutely devastating on groundhogs and has the reach for longer shots.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 5:51:22 PM EST
.220 Swift, early Ruger M77, 1/2" inch groups @ 100 yds. with Hornady V-max. A sight to behold for anything it hits.

Byron
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 6:27:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/10/2002 7:10:11 PM EST by wlynn5]
Not trying to starts something but how could you have a list with that title and not include the most popular varmit cal. of all time the 22-250. You also left off the 243.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 6:57:20 PM EST
6mm remington. Wind doesn't affect as much as the .22's Great range.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 7:02:14 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/10/2002 7:03:02 PM EST by mcole]
i like my .30-06, using accelerators. mcole
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 7:03:46 PM EST
I second the swift. Makes nice vapor clouds with a groundhogs head.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 7:43:19 PM EST
Another vote for .223, next would be the 22/250. 223 is cheap and you can find them everywhere.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 7:46:09 PM EST

Originally Posted By mcole:
i like my .30-06, using accelerators. mcole



Another use for my 7400 Carbine!
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 7:54:25 PM EST
I use .22-250 -w-40gr Sierra HP 4100fps Oh Yeh!
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 8:02:07 PM EST
I'm working on a matched set of three rifles in .257 Roberts for my wife and two daughters. They will be identical exept for stock dimensions, and my wifes will have a heavier barrel and higher mag scope to do double duty as a varmint/deer gun. I have done alot of reading a balistic research and think that for a dual purpose gun .257 can't be beat.
Link Posted: 7/10/2002 8:05:26 PM EST
.243 Winchester with a Sierra 85gr.HPBT. Hits 'em like a freight train. Flat trajectory, not much recoil either.

coyote3
Link Posted: 7/11/2002 7:06:16 AM EST
Sako A2 the way it spouse to be made. Not the new model 75 . In 22-250 rem. top with a 55 gr V-max loaded with 32.5 gr. BLC-2. With a BL 4200 scope.
Link Posted: 7/11/2002 6:08:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/11/2002 6:14:13 PM EST by guns762]
I have to agree, how can you not include the .22-250 in your poll???? You must not be a true varmint hunter!!!

Mine is a Remington 700 classic, sat NIB for 15years, waiting for my dad to give it to me for.......Mother's Day!! It wears a Harris bipod, and .....I'm embarrassed, but older Tasco World Class target 6X24 with dot. I don't usually tell anyone what is on it until they see it shoot. I wouldn't trade it for any other scope at this point. It's crazy, but true.


BTW, please forgive the bragging, but check out the wood!
Link Posted: 7/11/2002 6:57:17 PM EST
300WM and a brick! Get'em up close to that brick and BAM, like a grenade!!!
Really though, would have a tough choice of just one, but in this case I will go with the 243. It will handle all sizes.
Link Posted: 7/11/2002 7:44:57 PM EST
.22Lr 90% of the time, .223 or 7.62x39mm the rest.

Groundhogs mostly.
Link Posted: 7/11/2002 7:55:35 PM EST
300 Ultra Mag=Nothing But Chunks!
Link Posted: 7/11/2002 11:05:52 PM EST
Yes, that varmint caliber list needs to be expanded upon a little more. I grew up shooting these calibers on almost a daily basis.

25-06 Remington
.243 Winchester
.220 Swift
.222 Remington

All of these calibers have their advantages in certain situations. But if I could only pick one it would have to be the 25-06. Greatest coyote caliber ever.
Link Posted: 7/12/2002 4:46:46 AM EST

Originally Posted By coyote3:
.243 Winchester with a Sierra 85gr.HPBT. Hits 'em like a freight train. Flat trajectory, not much recoil either.

coyote3



Although I'm not a varmint hunter I bought my AR-10(T) in .243 for the trajectory.
Link Posted: 7/12/2002 4:50:10 AM EST

Originally Posted By wlynn5:
Not trying to starts something but how could you have a list with that title and not include the most popular varmit cal. of all time the 22-250. You also left off the 243.



Yep !
When it comes to the 22-250 or the .243 ......boys and girls can you say "flat trajectory ?"
Link Posted: 7/12/2002 4:55:41 AM EST
257 roberts?
25-06?

How about some of the better calibers like 243, 22-250 or 220 swift? Where'd ya come up with that list of options!

Anyway, my choice goes to the 22-250 as one of the better rounds. It's hot, but won't burn out your throat like a 220 swift AND its light on the shoulder. On the days when I want to reach out a little further, or the wind is up, I'll take the 243 or 257 weatherby. That 257 roberts option really threw me!
Link Posted: 7/12/2002 6:42:49 AM EST

Originally Posted By Balzac72:
257 roberts?
25-06?

How about some of the better calibers like 243, 22-250 or 220 swift? Where'd ya come up with that list of options!

Anyway, my choice goes to the 22-250 as one of the better rounds. It's hot, but won't burn out your throat like a 220 swift AND its light on the shoulder. On the days when I want to reach out a little further, or the wind is up, I'll take the 243 or 257 weatherby. That 257 roberts option really threw me!



Whacha got against .257 Roberts is a great calliber, it out preforms the .243.
Link Posted: 7/12/2002 10:37:03 AM EST
.22-250 55 grains of love at +4000 feet per second.
Link Posted: 7/12/2002 10:47:21 AM EST
Another vote for the .243.
More expensive than a .223, which is more expensive than a .22LR, but a great calibre.
I've shot it only in bolt-actions, but my Rem Model Seven in .243 is a great little rifle for everything up to, and including, whitetail and antelope.
Would like to shoot the AR10 in .243.
Link Posted: 7/12/2002 11:06:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/12/2002 11:07:34 AM EST by Watch-Six]
I like the 223 because of ammo price and good performance. How can you leave off the 22-250? It is undoubtedly the best varmint cartridge extant. Watch-Six
Link Posted: 7/12/2002 3:38:20 PM EST

Originally Posted By guns762:
I have to agree, how can you not include the .22-250 in your poll???? You must not be a true varmint hunter!!!

Mine is a Remington 700 classic, sat NIB for 15years, waiting for my dad to give it to me....

BTW, please forgive the bragging, but check out the wood!



Some guy down in Texas told me it ain't bragging if you can do it or if if you've got it !!

And you have one beautiful rifle.
Link Posted: 7/12/2002 3:44:25 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/12/2002 3:47:48 PM EST by David]
I'll take the .220 Swift over ANY other so called varmint round. Not to say they won't or don't do the job but, when a 55 gr. bullet clocking at 4100 fps or greater hits a ground hog, cycote or anyother varmint, you can kiss it's butt goodby. I have a Ruger M77 bbl chambered in 220 Swift and I wouldn't trade it for any other gun in the world, well except a Parker Hale A1 Special.
Link Posted: 7/12/2002 4:01:43 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/12/2002 4:03:09 PM EST by Disgustipated]
I'm waiting for the .257 WSM. I hope they will get around to it soon. An editor from Guns and Ammo said he was hoping for one too. Even with a limited market, I hope Winchester introduces one.

If it was like the .257 Weatherby, it will be a 70 grain bullet at 4000 fps, and a 120 at 3300 for deer.
Link Posted: 7/12/2002 7:45:11 PM EST

Originally Posted By RangemasterD:

Originally Posted By Balzac72:
257 roberts?
25-06?

How about some of the better calibers like 243, 22-250 or 220 swift? Where'd ya come up with that list of options!

Anyway, my choice goes to the 22-250 as one of the better rounds. It's hot, but won't burn out your throat like a 220 swift AND its light on the shoulder. On the days when I want to reach out a little further, or the wind is up, I'll take the 243 or 257 weatherby. That 257 roberts option really threw me!



Whacha got against .257 Roberts is a great calliber, it out preforms the .243.



For the caliber, maybe, but all factors included, the 243 is a far better round for varminting. If you want to jump up to .257, how about my 257 weatherby?

IMHO, a varmint gun is a caliber 243 and smaller. A 257 is overkill, unless it is at extreme distances, then a 220 swift is also a performer! Can you imagine shooting your 257 for a couple hundred rounds? Great calibers, but the 25 class seems large for a 2 pound critter!
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