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Favorite Varmint Round??

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

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  1. Bruno2

    Bruno2 Member

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    What is your favorite varmint round and why?
     
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    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.

    rc
     
  3. allaroundhunter

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    .204 Ruger. A fast, flat shooting, hard hitting round. True vermin destroyer.
     
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    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
     
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  5. Bruno2

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

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

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    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

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    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!

    rc
     
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    Last feral dog that I killed got hammered by my .308 ;)
     
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    22 long rifle. It's forced me to be a good stalker and a good shot.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.


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    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!

    rc
     
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    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.
     
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    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!
     
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    22lr and 410 #6.
     
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    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.

    Matt
     
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    Speer makes a nice product.
     
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    .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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    22-250 is my favorite.
     
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    My first center fire rifle was a .22-250 and it worked well on everything from prarie dogs to coyotes. It still does.
     
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    I would have to say my .25-06 Rem. or my .243 Win..................
     
  24. Bruno2

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    Both of hose are great rounds. Some people believe the 25-06 is inefficient and may be , but it does a good job.
     
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    Took my .220 Swift Ackley Improved to the dog towns yesterday. It was impressive with a 50 Vmax smokin along at about 4000 fps. The .223, .22/250, .17 Rem, .218 Bee .221 Fireball, and .22 hornet are just as deadly, within their respective ranges. But the Swift is king of the .22 centerfires.
     
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