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Those Dadgum Varmints

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Eagle 17, Feb 28, 2020.

  1. Picher

    Picher Member

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    I bought this rifle used at the LL Bean store in Freeport and it had a weak mainspring, causing poor ignition and primers that backed-out a bit. The factory "repair center" said it had excessive headspace and declared it a "Dangerous Rifle". I didn't think so and went to a good gunsmith friend where we used his headspace gauge to assess both that rifle and a brand-new standard 700 ADL. Both rifles had identical headspace!!!

    A few months ago, I noticed that Remington had a sale on firing pin assemblies, so I bought and installed one in this rifle and it cured the problem of primers backing out. It also improved an already good grouping ability. So---Poo on you, Remington Repair Center!!!
     
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  2. Offfhand

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    Naming my favorite varmint rifle is as unlikely as naming my favorite child. But I confess to favoring varmint rifles with left side bolt handle, so this Dakota .220 Swift ranks in my top five favorites. DSC_0275.JPG DSC_0283.JPG DSC_0292.JPG
     
  3. Demi-human

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    Well, today my boy and I met some friends at my bosses house and eradicated some bunny vermin.
    I was using an AR, but it is chambered in 12 gauge.:)

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    Little Bear is conked out. He walked all the way with the big boys today. Then, when we got back to the house, he showed exceptional prowess with his Rascal. Standing, at fifteen yards, he was a crack shot on some six inch steel circles. That boy can shoot! He handled a S&W 15/22 and fell in love. I did not... But I can totally see a conversion kit for my AR, for him.
    It was, okay, but not what I would spend four hundred on.

    Five rabbits, smoked salmon and my boy hanging out with the dudes.
    I don’t remember having been more proud!:cool::thumbup:
     
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  4. Rembrandt

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    Nothing special, just a 24" heavy barreled AR15.

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  5. I6turbo

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    Mine are CZs.

    453 in .22 LR
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    527 in .223
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    550 in .308
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  6. Demi-human

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    And gorgeous!:)
     
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  7. possumbelly220

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    Back in 1977 I bought a Ruger model 77 heavy barrel in 220 Swift. It was a liberty model and super accurate. The only ammo around was Norma and I bought a ton of it. Norma rated it at 4110 fps for the 50grn semi-pointed bullet. Man, I made some amazing shots with it. The scope was a Weatherby Premier 3X9, sighted in one time and never had to adjust it. Unfortunately, some a-hole broke into my house in 89 and I have never seen it again. I sure do miss that gun!
     
  8. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    I typically use my .22Mag rifle for walking around to shoot groundhogs out to about 100yds.
    If I get serious about shooting groundhogs I take my Sako Forester in .243.
    Only coyote I ever shot was with a 7mm Magnum...too much gun but I was deer hunting at the time so I used what was available.
     
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  9. WisBorn

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    Many coyotes are shot while deer hunting. I shot one with A-Bolt in 300 Win Mag. I call it my varmint rifle :)
     
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  10. Offfhand

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    This is a Shilen rifle "Lock, Stock and Barrel" made back when Ed Shilen made complete rifles. His rigid DGA actions were popular with benchrest shooters at the time because of their accuracy so I had this rifle built for the .22 CHeetah, a wickedly fast wildcat also popular at the time. Uniting fine accuracy with extreme velocity resulted in a long range varmint killing machine, made all the more deadly by the 16X target scope. For those unfamiliar with the CHeetah, here is one compared to a .22/250.. DSC_0338.JPG DSC_0344.JPG DSC_0349.JPG DSC_0352.JPG
     
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