The best varmit rifle! Bar none!


March 22, 2004, 10:30 PM
My 22-250 Remmington model 700 is the best varmint rifle!

I know we all have favorites. This is the best rifle I have ever owned! It is more acurate than I can shoot! I know if I miss it is my fault and not the rifle!

Oversized barrel, fluted, floated, stainless, etc

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March 22, 2004, 11:17 PM
Nice choice of round, and rifle. Be careful of overly broad generalizations with this crowd. Statements like "The best varmit rifle! Bar none! " will be met with statements like "Hogwash". I may be the worst. :D

I have a Kimber 84M in .22-250 that I beleive will shoot the lice of a Prairie Dogs ear at 250 yards. :D :what: :D

This is the best rifle I have ever owned! It is more acurate than I can shoot! I know if I miss it is my fault and not the rifle!

Ditto. ;)


Edited to add: My varmint rifle just might be ...."The Ultimate"

March 22, 2004, 11:32 PM
Got only one varmint only rifle, NEF .223 HB. My Remington PSS .308 works also.This is the best rifle I have ever owned! It is more acurate than I can shoot! I know if I miss it is my fault and not the rifle!

4v50 Gary
March 23, 2004, 12:57 AM
Half a dozen sniper rifles but no varmint rifle among them. Must make room for another safe.:o

Black Snowman
March 23, 2004, 09:59 AM
I'm wanting a Weatherby Mk V Super Varmit Master in 220 Swift but might settle for a CZ 550 Varmit Laminated in 22-250 to go with my one in 308. Even with the set trigger the CZ 550 is held back by my shooting and not by it's performance.

March 23, 2004, 02:57 PM
A guy at the range lost $100.00 recently to me for saying that his Savage 22-250 VS was the most accurate there :D Really made him feel bad when I outgrouped him @100 yards with a .22 LR :neener: Of course it was a winchester 52C with a B&L 6x24 scope :what: but he was still impressed that he shot a .73" group and I shot a .59" muahaaha. Watch what you say :banghead:

March 23, 2004, 09:25 PM
I tote, er tow it around by wheeled cart, a 14 pound accurized AR15 that is 48 inches in overall length.

Kinda a semiauto devining rod of death to all the little furry vermin out there in the world. Holds right about 3/4 inch for 10 shots with my better handloads while firing in rather rapid fire where all shots are fired to simulate a well populated target rich environment, maybe 10 shots in 1-2 minutes.

It's the most fun I've ever had with a varminting rig, zero recoil to allow for spotting hits or misses no matter what the range plus a fast follow up shot. Also a major plus to the lazy man who hates manipulating a bolt or loading after every 5th shot, 2 or 3 30 round mags and I'm good for the better part of a day.

March 23, 2004, 10:39 PM
Ha! I win for the best combo of looks, and accuracy...:evil:

March 23, 2004, 10:57 PM
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder....

She's a beautiful thing when put into her environment and is allowed to show her teeth.

And Tex, I know this girl who's father really likes Ruger No1 rifles.... You wouldn't happen to shoot at 5 Dogs in the Kern County area would you?

March 24, 2004, 12:12 AM
Nope, not in Kern Co - no daughter either

I actually have 4 #1's - the .22-250 above, .270 & .300 Liberty models, and a .375 H&H. I may go for either a Swift(in keeping this post on thread:) ) or a .405 Win, or .45-70 next

March 24, 2004, 12:20 AM
My 22-250 Remmington model 700 is the best varmint rifle!
Nope. That would be your best varmint rifle.

Here's my 1000-yard 6.5-06 counter-varmint rifle (Speaking of beauty and beholders):

Varmints have little to worry about, because the 6.5mm bullets tend to go into the same hole at 100 yards:

Art Eatman
March 24, 2004, 10:06 AM
One of the few rifles I've regretted selling was a Ruger 77 heavy barrel in .220 Swift. This was back in the mid-'70s. I put a Canjar single-set trigger on it, and a Leupold 3x9. Five-shot 0.4 MOA groups were common, with the Sierra 52-grain HPBT.

Folks from Austin were regularly dropping off their unwanted "pets" out in the country, and that old Swift accounted for a fair number of feral cats. From my stockpens I had about a 400- to 500-yard view down into the pasture, and the Swift never failed me.

:), Art

Eskimo Jim
March 24, 2004, 11:41 AM
I don't mean to high jack your thread.

Congratulations on the rifle!! I'm glad that you like it.

You guys are making me reconsider putting my money into a revolver and buying good glass for my Ruger 77 Mk II and a Timney trigger.
Maybe when my mad money fund gets large enough.


March 24, 2004, 11:48 AM
Nah, It's got to be my TRG-S in .338 LM. Leupold Mk4 LRT 8.5-25 x 50 combo. I'm not sure yet but I think a 300 gr. SMK will do a coyote. :evil:

March 24, 2004, 05:21 PM
The best varmint rifle I've ever used is a Ruger 77V in 25-06 with a 6-18x power Burris scope.

I popped a prarie rat off a bi-pod at 400 yards without even thinking about it. Almost too easy.

March 24, 2004, 05:41 PM
Tell ya what... Bring your rifle, and a stack of dollar bills, and let's shoot some groups...

1990 Stolle Panda action, .308 boltface
Shilen Select Match barrel, chambered in 6PPC .262 neck by Ron Hoehn
Lee Six stock
Action bedded by Jerry Johnson
Shilen match trigger

Or if I'm feeling charitable...

Scratch & Dent special Savage 110 action (paid $200 for the rifle)
Shilen Select Match barrel chambered in 6BR Lapua .262 neck
Sharpshooters supply stock
Action bedded by self
Trigger to be named later

March 24, 2004, 05:48 PM
Here's a pic..

March 24, 2004, 05:58 PM

You've got my vote, both for beauty and caliber.

It's much like my Ruger No. 1V, but I must admit you have the prettier stock. Man, what gorgeous wood!

March 24, 2004, 07:26 PM
I think I will defer to bogie unless those varmits are at least 1300 yds. away. ;)

March 24, 2004, 08:52 PM
I popped a prarie rat off a bi-pod at 400 yards...And how that prairie-rat got on that bi-pod, I'll never know! :D

tex_n_cal- I think you've posted that picture before, and it still is... so... *sniff sniff*... so beautiful. Damn that's a good looking rifle.

Well I surely like my Weatherby Mk V SVM in .22-250 as well as the Tikka Master Hunter 595 in the same caliber... but I'd hesitate to call them...
THE ULTIMATE EXTREEEEEME. Maybe 'extreme' with a little 'e'.

March 25, 2004, 03:38 AM
now you know what you have all done.......i am gonna have to get me something long those lines..................thanks a bunch:D

Heavy Barrel
March 25, 2004, 08:12 PM
Bogie,I'm new here but if you were closer I'd take you up on that offer.

FN Supreme 400 single shot action.
30" Hart stainless barrel cambered in 257 WBY
Canjar set trigger
Unertl 15X Ultra varmit
23 1/2 lbs.

Yes,it will shoot well under 1/2' at 200 yds.


March 27, 2004, 08:17 PM
I should have said "My" best varmint rifle ever! With a strong "MY"!

I love to see the beautiful guns I am seeing. I too have a .223. Its an H&R but I prefer my 22-250.

So I must ask the next question.

What is the ultimate hunting rifle for big game in North America?

With a varmint rifle. I consider range, velocity, knockdown power and then most importantly comfort!

Appling these to a big game rifle. What do you come up with? I am actually looking to buy a new rifle and want input. The comfort is actually a big deal with me. I would give up some power for an easy shooter that my wife could shoot.

I think for me the 50 caliber is a thumbs down! some of the extreme high powers are as well.

March 27, 2004, 09:25 PM
I have been tinkering with a .243 Akley Improved and it is very interesting.

I just dialed in a 75 grain bullet with a point blank at 275 yards (inch and half low at 275 and spot on at 250) I have not had a chance to try it in the wind yet but I understand the 6mm's buck the wind pretty good too.

March 28, 2004, 03:40 AM
tex_n_cal- Did I meet you at Cow Mountian on Friday?

You were kind enough to let me chrono a round out of my AR-30 using your gear.

Your rifle looks quite good, and familiar!

March 28, 2004, 03:42 AM
HankL- I really like my AR-30 in .338LM for groundhogs! :)

March 27, 2007, 05:23 PM
For myself the best rifle is my custom made 300 rum with a m700 remington action 27" heavy barrel and an HS-Precision stock w/ aluminium bedding blocks. This piece will touch 5 factory remington 150 or 180 scirocco bullets @ 200 yrds. With this i was able to level a cow elk with a running neck shot at just over 450 yrds.

March 27, 2007, 05:31 PM
OK guys.. I just bought my first .243(savage) and it's like my .223 ON STEROIDS.. also my first savage and was pleasantly surprised.

March 27, 2007, 05:49 PM
If I was going to buy a new one I'd go with a Savage 112V with the target stock.. really neat rifle.

March 27, 2007, 06:17 PM
I would say my next rifle purchase would be a Savage 12 FV in .243 or the 10 FP in .308, Both would out shoot my ability for some time to come.

March 27, 2007, 06:38 PM
This is interesting! There is more debate here than the debate of which is the better whitetail cartridge...the 270 Win or the .30-06 Sprg?

The best varmint cartridge and rifle combination is simple...any combined set-up that:

1) fits your body
2) is consistently, MOA-accurate

That can be your dedicated "varmint rig" or your deer rifle. MOA is the minimal standard for most varmint uses. Any rifle that holds MOA can take a head-shot on a ground hog out to 300 yards, body shots to 400ish yards.

What is of greater important (and any dedicated varminter will back me up here) most firearms are more accurate than just about any human shootist is capable of wringing out of it. Practice, practice, practice.


March 29, 2007, 10:52 PM
The most accurate rifle I have ever owned, including my Savages, is my old early 70's Mossberg 22-250 bull barrel varmint rifle. It is the one rifle I will not sell. I am not a great marksman, but sometimes put 3 shots touching at 100 yards. My normal spread will be 1 to 1 1/2 inches with ANY other gun. It is heavy tho, and based on a Howa design.

March 30, 2007, 10:18 PM
actually, the 19 Calhoun, or badger, the 204, and the brand new custom shop Savage 5-35 c, will all do what the 22.250 does, faster , farther, flatter, with less bbl burn. the Savage is untouchable, takes the correct shape of the cartridge; super fat, with a rounded convex shoulder, that we as shooters don't yet except, and blows out 32 grain bullets at 4800 fps!!! even the 40 grainers are still doing about 4500 fps. But if you are happy , that is all that counts.

March 31, 2007, 03:32 AM
I have a bushmaster Varminter thats pretty darn accurate, and I have a newer Winchester Model 70 in .223 that I rarely shoot for some reason, but that is also pretty good. I prefer .223 because of availability and bullet options, but I have always wanted a .22-250.

J Long
May 1, 2007, 05:17 PM
I have a fairly singular application - rid my farm of groundhogs. I need a recommendation for what to buy. I need something that is accurate to about 500 yards. I like to buy good quality but don't want the best - in terms of most expensive. The rifle won't be used a great deal. I'd enjoy having your recommendations.

May 1, 2007, 10:41 PM
The best varmint rifle I can think of is the one that I happen to have in my hand at the time of plinkin' them little buggers over...regardless of make and model. As long as it lets me knock 'em down, it's my favorite for the moment.


May 1, 2007, 11:07 PM
Hey, how are those H&R/NEF varmint guns? I've got a friend looking to get into long range target shooting. He wants a long range shooter in .308 winchester, and he's on a tight budget. I told him I didn't know much about the H&R's, but that for just starting out, the rifle would probably shoot better than he will.

May 1, 2007, 11:32 PM
Depends on how far away said varmints are located:)

May 2, 2007, 01:29 AM
This is my premier varmint rifle

But in the interest of fuel economy, I usually take one of these

Ruger M77V .220 swift with Nikon Monarch 6.5-20x44mm UCC fine crosshair and Remington 700 LVSF .17 Rem. with Weaver V-16 4-16x 42mm fine reticle 1/8 MOA dot. Both are stock, other than the Remington's trigger breaks at 1 pound, 3 ounces.

Hey, how are those H&R/NEF varmint guns?

I have a lightweight in .223 and a heavy barrel model in .22 Hornet. The .223 runs about 1.5 MOA with most any load, and I was able to wring out just over 1" @ 100 with the .22 Hornet with handloads. They'll do out to 150 or 200 yards, but beyond that a praire rat is just too small.

This piece will touch 5 factory remington 150 or 180 scirocco bullets @ 200 yrds. With this i was able to level a cow elk with a running neck shot at just over 450 yrds.

Anybody wanna buy some ocean front property in Wyoming?.................................

May 2, 2008, 09:08 PM
This is a little thing i made up of my baby. it shoots hole for hole at 100yards and sub-moa out to 800yards (furthest i've shot) with my hand loads.

May 2, 2008, 09:17 PM
was shooting a .222 this last weekend. and after gettin her sighted in, wow. 300 yards at sage rats.

May 2, 2008, 09:33 PM
I, at one time had 3 Sako 75 varmit rifles, all set up the same, vari x lll leupolds in 6.5X20 AO in Sako rings that I shot prarrie dogs with, any of the three were capable of 1/2" 100 yard groups and many times did much better. I also had Remington 700 VSSFs that were good shooters, but if I were buying today, I'd seriously consider the Sako's.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
May 2, 2008, 10:02 PM

Oversized barrel, fluted, floated, stainless, etc

It puts the pics in the thread, or else it gets the hose instead.


May 2, 2008, 11:58 PM
I'm still thinking about the .59" group at 100 with a 22. Wow.

May 3, 2008, 02:54 AM
okay then, I have the cheapest, best , varminter rig known to man.
a pawnshop 70 dollar marlin mod 60, topped with a 100 dollar Tasco varmint
series 6.24.42

these are 100 yds groups; 5 shot. The aguila green was a full tube, 15 rounds
+ 1 in the chamber. Check out the 5 shot Am eagle group, with the 1 flyer!!!!

May 3, 2008, 03:34 AM
I got a few varmint rifles all of which will put five rounds into 3/4 inch or less at 100 yards but I m still looking for a better one..

May 3, 2008, 02:14 PM
AR15 is the best. :evil:

May 3, 2008, 06:57 PM
I'm still thinking about the .59" group at 100 with a 22. Wow.
Note that he said he had some very good glass. I suspect poor ammo, poor sights (or sight picture), and bad triggers are typically limiting factors in accuracy.

If you've ever seen a REALLY good shooter, you'll appreciate what a good firearm can do. I have a friend that shot 3 running coyotes in 4 shots with a .44 mag offhand. Longest was 60 yards.

May 3, 2008, 07:23 PM
PremiumSauces, don't expect Varminator to post pics of his rifle. He hasn't been on this Forum since May 2004. This is a 4 year old thread.

It's really interesting to read the posts in 2004, then in 2007, and the posts yesterday and today. Everybody has his own favorite club to hit the critters with.

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