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.22-250 Varmint Rifle Opinions

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by jotto, Jun 8, 2011.


Opinion on .22-250 Varmint Rifle

  1. Ruger M77 Mark II Target

    1 vote(s)
  2. Remington Model 700 Varmint SF

    6 vote(s)
  3. Savage Model 12 VLP DBM

    8 vote(s)
  4. Weatherby Vanguard SUB-MOA Varmint

    1 vote(s)
  5. Kimber Model 84M Varmint

    1 vote(s)
  6. Kimber Model 84M ProVarmint

    1 vote(s)
  7. Other rifle not mentioned above

    9 vote(s)
  1. jotto

    jotto Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

  3. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    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.
  4. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    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.

    PCCUSNRET Well-Known Member

    My wife has a Remington 22-250 that shoots factory Winchester ammo in 1" groups. Wish I could say that about all my rifles.
  7. XxWINxX94

    XxWINxX94 Well-Known Member

    Remington 700 but get the heavy barrel wood stock.
  8. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Well-Known Member

    the 788s are hard to beat in any caliber.
  10. jotto

    jotto Well-Known Member

    Some excellent information! Please keep it coming!
  11. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Well-Known Member

    I dont guess that is a spanish pronounciation to your moniker is it jotto??
  12. dtvburns

    dtvburns Member.

    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)

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  13. wingman

    wingman Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. Leaky Waders

    Leaky Waders Well-Known Member

  15. BrocLuno

    BrocLuno Well-Known Member

    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?
  16. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

  17. joed

    joed Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. Chuck Dye

    Chuck Dye Well-Known Member


    LOLBELL Well-Known Member

    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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