.22-250 Varmint Rifle Opinions


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jotto
June 8, 2011, 10:39 PM
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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NCsmitty
June 8, 2011, 10:55 PM
Thompson Center makes some very accurate rifles in the Icon and Venture bolts. Guaranteed accuracy!

http://www.tcarms.com/firearms/icon_precision_hunter.php

Precision Hunter goes for around $800.



NCsmitty

Art Eatman
June 8, 2011, 10:56 PM
They'll most likely all shoot good groups. :)

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.

TexasPatriot.308
June 9, 2011, 12:30 AM
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.

ColtPythonElite
June 9, 2011, 12:33 AM
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.

parker51
June 9, 2011, 12:40 AM
My wife has a Remington 22-250 that shoots factory Winchester ammo in 1" groups. Wish I could say that about all my rifles.

XxWINxX94
June 9, 2011, 12:42 AM
Remington 700 but get the heavy barrel wood stock.

ColtPythonElite
June 9, 2011, 12:45 AM
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.

TexasPatriot.308
June 9, 2011, 01:06 AM
the 788s are hard to beat in any caliber.

jotto
June 9, 2011, 01:58 AM
Some excellent information! Please keep it coming!

TexasPatriot.308
June 9, 2011, 02:27 AM
I dont guess that is a spanish pronounciation to your moniker is it jotto??

dtvburns
June 9, 2011, 08:56 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)

wingman
June 9, 2011, 09:17 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.

Leaky Waders
June 9, 2011, 12:55 PM
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.

BrocLuno
June 9, 2011, 05:26 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?

HOOfan_1
June 9, 2011, 05:55 PM
I love my CZ 550 Varmint Laminated.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=543189

Second choice would have been the Remington 700 VLS

joed
June 9, 2011, 07:26 PM
Have you handled a Kimber? I have, and it would be my first choice from all you mentioned.

I'd next consider a Winchester Coyote Lite. I used to be a Remington fan till my last one, they leave a lot to be desired in my opinion.

Third choice would be Savage with fourth being Remington.

And I have more then a few Remingtons but the new ones stink. My last was a VS SPS, which shot 1" groups when new. I had to invest in a new stock and trigger to get it shooting.

Chuck Dye
June 9, 2011, 08:08 PM
Remington 40X (http://www.remingtoncustom.com/40X.aspx). Right or left handed.

LOLBELL
June 9, 2011, 09:39 PM
Tikka Varment with heavy barrel. Shoots one hole groups with 50 grn V-Max and I believe 39 gr of H414

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