I'm in the market for a varmint rifle in .22-250. I'm looking at the follwoing rifles and would appreciate your input on pros/cons of each one. Additionally if there is another good rifle out there please feel free to mention it and I'll research it as well.
Ruger M77 Mark II Target
Remington Model 700 Varmint SF
Savage Model 12 VLP DBM
Weatherby Vanguard SUB-MOA Varmint
Kimber Model 84M Varmint or the ProVarmint
Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you.
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June 8, 2011, 09:55 PM
Thompson Center makes some very accurate rifles in the Icon and Venture bolts. Guaranteed accuracy!
If your primary deal is prairie dogs, I'd likely go for a medium or a heavy barrel.
If it's more for groundhogs and coyotes and suchlike, the shooting will be far less frequent. There, I'd go with a fairly light sporter.
I'm sort of a long-barrel, max velocity freak, so I'd look for at least a 24" barrel.
My experience with the .22-250 and the Swift is that out to 400 yards, 55-grain bullets always did what I wanted on both prairie dogs and coyotes.
June 8, 2011, 11:30 PM
Ruger No.1V (Varminter) with Leupold 6.5 x 20x 40 VX3 with AO, tackdriving coyote/hog killer in .22-250. Love my No. 1s.
June 8, 2011, 11:33 PM
While I am a Remington 700 guy, I use a Ruger MK II Target in .22-250 and have used it for about 15 years. With my handloads she shoots tiny groups year after year.
June 8, 2011, 11:40 PM
My wife has a Remington 22-250 that shoots factory Winchester ammo in 1" groups. Wish I could say that about all my rifles.
June 8, 2011, 11:42 PM
Remington 700 but get the heavy barrel wood stock.
June 8, 2011, 11:45 PM
My true vote is for a 700 BDL Varmint Special. Of course, you will have to get a used one since they don't make 'em any more....I'll add one to my pile when I find the right one at the right price.
June 9, 2011, 12:06 AM
the 788s are hard to beat in any caliber.
June 9, 2011, 12:58 AM
Some excellent information! Please keep it coming!
June 9, 2011, 01:27 AM
I dont guess that is a spanish pronounciation to your moniker is it jotto??
June 9, 2011, 07:56 AM
FWIW I have the Savage and it is my most accurate and consistent gun. Shoots Winchester- USA white box sub moa
The attached pic is of a 4 shot group (DBM hodls four, I shoot four)
June 9, 2011, 08:17 AM
I would choose Savage or T/C Icon precision Hunter, why because it's what I have,;) both .500 rifles(average) I shot a .125 with the Icon yesterday, both are very capable of under .500 if I'm up to it on my good days as I age more difficult to control breathing anything under .500 is mostly shooting ability IMO.
June 9, 2011, 11:55 AM
I didn't vote...last year I bought a Tikka. Here'sa brief write up on it http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=547072 .
An accurate rifle is really exciting.
June 9, 2011, 04:26 PM
Mine a custom built on a Mouser action. Got it used for a nice price and it shoots great. Look around and see what's out there :)
Hitting little targets out there a ways means a scope the will help minimize mirage (coatings) and has minimal chromatic aberration (fringing). That may cost more than the rifle - but may be necessary?