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Favorite Varmint Round??

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Bruno2, May 6, 2013.

  1. Bruno2

    Bruno2 Well-Known Member

    What is your favorite varmint round and why?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    What kind of varmint??

    They come in numerous sizes & ranges.
    Ranging from a few ounces to close to 50 pounds.
    And from a few yards to 500+ yards.

    And each requires a different caliber for optimum performance.

  3. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    .204 Ruger. A fast, flat shooting, hard hitting round. True vermin destroyer.
  4. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    Federal 77 grain Sierra Match King Gold Medal

    Absolute nuts-on consistency. Loves being shot out of my stuff ranging from 16 inch 1:12 to 24 inch 1:7 barrels.
    Knocks the snot outa tree rats to skunk pigs and will end a coyote and larger too if needed.

    Readily available - current emergency not withstanding - and at a price keeping me away from the reloading press.

    Forgot to note: .223
    Last edited: May 7, 2013
  5. Bruno2

    Bruno2 Well-Known Member

    Whichever is your favorite.
  6. Bruno2

    Bruno2 Well-Known Member

    I like 223 and 22-250. They will kill just about anything and are fun to load and shoot too. For softer stuff like most things smaller than a coyote I will use a V-Max, but I use everything. I tried some SX stuff , but the jackets are so thin you have to slow the bullet down to keep them together. My favorite bullets are made by Sierra.
  7. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    22-250. But I'm bumping up to .243 as well.
  8. limpingbear

    limpingbear Well-Known Member

    6BR with 62 grain varmint grenades.....critter everywhere.
  9. Bruno2

    Bruno2 Well-Known Member

    Lmpingbear, I have a box of Barnes Varmint grenades , but I haven't loaded any of them yet. Can you run max charges with those?
  10. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Well O.K. then.

    .22 or .38 Special birdshot for mice, rats, & snakes in the barn.
    .177 air rifle for tree rats (squirrels) in the garden.
    22-250 for coyotes.
    .223 or 22-250 for Prairie dogs.
    30-06 for hogs in the pond and cow pasture.

    Then there is the occasional elephant.
    450 Nitro Express double, or .460 bolt gun.
    Now that's a destructive varmint in certain parts of the world.
    Just not in my part of the world.

    Like I said.
    You need to be more specific!

  11. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    Last feral dog that I killed got hammered by my .308 ;)
  12. planetmobius

    planetmobius Well-Known Member

    22 long rifle. It's forced me to be a good stalker and a good shot.
  13. jstein650

    jstein650 Well-Known Member

    rc, those elephants play hell with my tomato patch, c'mon!

    I've used an '06 with max'd out 125gr TNT's. Pretty much vaporize whatever you're aiming at, but by the time I recover from the blast, I sometimes forget what I was aiming at!

    Seriously, a .223 with a good top load with a 50gr TNT, VMax, BlitzKing, or pretty much any HP or varmint SP like a Hornady SX, will make for a very bad day for most critters up to coyote or so.
    Last edited: May 7, 2013
  14. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Toto's are a wuss.

    They can be pesky, but are easily handled.
    Very few people who are not from Kansas know about their weakness.
    You can grab them by the bow-tie and choke them out if you are not armed.


    Those Scarecrows are another matter however.

    You grab them by the neck-tie and the old rotten things rip right off leaving you holding a stick in the ground and looking like a Kansas country bumpkin!

    Been there done that more then once while out cow-tipping late at night I can tell ya!

  15. Bruno2

    Bruno2 Well-Known Member

    I am going to build another 25-06 pretty soon. However, I have a couple of 22 match guns I need to finish and a couple of AR stripped lowers too. I used to have a savage 2-06 with a heavy barrel. I wish I would have kept it. I will probably have Savage build one at their custom shop.

    I shot a crow with a V max out of that gun when I was a lot younger and it blew that thing to smithereens. I went to look for the carcass and all I could find was like a beak and part of a foot. I remember pulling my head off of the scope and seeing a big cloud of black feathers.
  16. Bruno2

    Bruno2 Well-Known Member

    Like the Muslim Terrorists. You sneak up on them while they are taking a drink. Then slam the toilet seat down and it breaks their necks. Quick and humane!
  17. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    22lr and 410 #6.
  18. morcey2

    morcey2 Well-Known Member

    7x57. Cause that's the most appropriate one that I have now. 110 speer TNT HP @ 3100 fps.
    257 bob will probably take over when it gets here. Then the 6mm Rem. Or 22-250. When they get done.

  19. Bruno2

    Bruno2 Well-Known Member

    Speer makes a nice product.
  20. montanaoffroader

    montanaoffroader Well-Known Member

    .22 LR for me, taken lots of squirrels and gophers with it. Been fiddling around with a .223 lately, the ammo shortage has slowed that a bit. The shortage hit before I had a chance to stock up on stuff for the new rifle.

    I have plenty of other ammo on hand, just very little .223 ammo and no components for reloading it. Once thing ease up a bit I'll get back on track and maybe work up a few decent loads.

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