need recomendations on a cheap varmint rifle


August 18, 2007, 06:23 PM
I want it in the $200-$300 range. but not a .22 unless its a hornet. Preferably a .17hmr or mach 2/ .223 rem/ .204 ruger etc.

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August 18, 2007, 06:31 PM
go to , and look under there rimfire rifles. you can get an excellent rimfire rifle for 221.00 and up. they have a lot to choose from. savage is the way to go. in my opinion. brian

The Deer Hunter
August 18, 2007, 06:54 PM
Why is someone always looking for that rifle noone has? Whats wrong with a .22WMR?

August 18, 2007, 07:50 PM
Check out the Stevens 200 (made by Savage), I have yet to read a bad review about them. They are a solid rifle and most Savage stuff fits on them, do a search here and you will find that they are a solid and accurate rifle for well under $300. Good Luck.

The Deer Hunter
August 18, 2007, 07:59 PM
NEF guns are real cheap.

August 18, 2007, 09:44 PM
New England Firearms or Harrington & Richardson single shot rifles will work for you. You can get 1 MOA out of them.

August 18, 2007, 10:29 PM

...or this.

August 18, 2007, 10:36 PM
Why is someone always looking for that rifle noone has? Whats wrong with a .22WMR?

Hunting for ammo is a nice warm up before the actual hunt.

August 18, 2007, 11:16 PM
I have a savage/stevens in M200 in 223 and it shoots very nice with its favorite handload. Gun cost 291.00 scope 150.00

August 19, 2007, 02:40 AM
the best 17 hmr or mach 2 , under 300 , is by marlin, period. and the 17hmr can take most varmints out to 200 yds, and will take out coyotes, out to 150. This is all stated with personal knowledge, and experience. However I don't recommend a 150 yard shot on a coyote. I have bought/shot all 17hmr's and mach 2's that are made, from about 300 bucks and under, and have kept these;
Rossi, kids model nickel washed s.s., 17hmr. 100 bucks.(found out an ammo it
likes , plus it likes it's front take down screw completely loose, go figure!!)
Anschutz 6417hmr pistol, 5 shot, with 12 inch bbl, 300 bucks from CDNN,
Trigger is better than sex, plus it is Anschutz, it shoots everything into 1 hole.
Marlin 917m2 , stainless laminate. Almost as good as the hmr, plus ammo is 2.5 times cheaper, so I am able to plink.
Marlin 717m2, the only cheap and reliable semiauto 17m2 made, shoots into a dime at 100 yds, plus under 200 bucks. Cant be beat. Thompson /Center makes a better one, but it is about 400 bucks.
now remmy makes a 17hmr semiauto, but you may need to tweek it, plus get the latest generation mags, so it will work well. Also there is now 20 or 25 round mags for the Remmy, plus after market internal parts now, like the ruger 10.22. but it aint cheap, their regular models are about 400 bucks, and their s.s. laminate versions are about 500.

August 19, 2007, 02:43 AM
oh yeah, if ammo cost matters, a box of 17hmr ammo is 10 to 13 bucks for 50 rounds, and the mach 2 ammo is 4 to 7 bucks per box of 50. cheaper even than 223 or 762. 39.

August 19, 2007, 03:19 AM
I think the 22-250 is a much better Varmint round than the .223 Remington.
That being said, The Stevens Model 200 is chambered in either and like said above, it's a very accurate rifle, especially for the price.

Since this is a budget Varmint rifle you will need good glass that isn't too expensive. Unfortunately good glass that's not big bucks is hard to find. You might want to take a look at something from Tasco in their Target/Varmint line. They have several scopes in that line that are 6-24X42 and 6-24X44 which are under $130 and a 10-40X50 that's $150.

Simmons' ProSport Master 6-18X50 is also ~$130 and is a good scope for the money.

Bushnell has many different lines of scopes that are good and Barska has a inexpensive Varmint line too. They have a 8-32X50 for only $90 but I don't know if that's a good scope or not. The other I mentioned above are all good scopes. (for the money)

If you are willing to spend more The Nikon Buckmaster line is outstanding. Their 4.5-14X40 will run you $300 and their 6-18X40 will run you $350.

As for ammo, Cabela's has an in-store Ammo sale going on right now. Their Federal Blue Box ammo is on sale for $9.99 a box. Load up now and save money later, I did!! LOL

August 19, 2007, 08:06 AM
Barska has a inexpensive Varmint line too.

I'm contenplating buying a Barska. They look pretty good for the money. Th one person I know that has one is VERY happy with his.

August 19, 2007, 09:36 AM
Another vote for the Stevens Model 200 in .223. I'm getting sub 2" five round groups at 100 yards, and I'm the worst shot in Shelby County. Cost was $279.

The H&R Handi-rifle is good, too. A friend got one in .223, it shoots fine and was only $239. These inexpensive rifles are the best deals around.

August 19, 2007, 10:34 AM
Are you in Indiana mgh?

August 19, 2007, 10:45 AM
I bought a Rossi single shot in .223 with scope for $169.00
the scope is a Simmons white tail 3x9x40
I took a ground hog 3 weeks ago at 150 yards.

August 19, 2007, 10:55 AM
Hello, Wilson - no, I'm in Alabama, south of Birmingham

August 19, 2007, 11:04 AM
My opinion - get a Savage/Stevens or Mossberg 100 ATR from Wally World. Most everyone will carry that ammo as well. The .243 is a pretty versitile caliber with tack driving accuracy and I feel it's more versatile than a 22-250 or .223Rem with a little more recoil but it would make for a good deer rifle too.

November 8, 2007, 08:40 PM
The Stevens model 200 is a great platform. And you can build on it as you go... i.e. upgrade the stock, trigger, barrel... etc...

November 8, 2007, 09:30 PM
NEF guns are real cheap.


Stick with Savage.

November 8, 2007, 10:15 PM

November 8, 2007, 10:16 PM
I've got a Stevens Model 200 in 300 Win Mag with a cheap Tasco 3x9x40 scope. These guns, for the money, are excellent shooting guns. The stock is a little cheap, but perfect for hunting. They are really light and simple. The trigger can be adjusted to about 3 lbs factory, and then you can upgrade to an accutrigger or an aftermarket. I've got about $430 in mine with bipods and such. For that money, it's one heck of a gun. They make the Model 200 in .223, 22-250, .243; wither one of those would be a great gun for the job. A little more expensive that a .17, but wind wouldn't be as much of a problem. These would also work pretty well on coyotes.

November 8, 2007, 11:43 PM
I've got a Savage 93R17, it's the funnest gun in the world. Shot a .287" 5 shot group at 50 yards, and it's a 1 shot bang flop on big jackrabbits at 100+ yards. I also have a Stevens 200 in 223, it was sub MOA, and a great carry gun, before I put a Timney trigger in it, and a 223 AI varmint barrel, and a Duramax stock. Now it's even better. Ammos about the same price, you just get more with the 17. And it's like shooting a laser.

November 9, 2007, 07:43 PM
Why do you want to shoot cheap varmints? What have they done to you?

No seriously, I can make some pretty good hits at close to 175 yards with on old wood stock Marlin 783 in .22 mag. This gun will group Winchester or Armscor into an inch at a hundred yards. You do have to clean the jacket fouling out after 25 or 30 shots if you want top accuarcy.

Smitty in CT
November 9, 2007, 09:00 PM
Mossberg 817. Dick's has them for under $150... add a scope and you're all set...

November 9, 2007, 09:05 PM
NEF makes a good shooting single shot for what you are looking for ..

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