best varmint load

Discussion in 'Rifle Talk' started by stoogots, May 19, 2004.

  1. stoogots

    stoogots Active Member

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    What do you guys think is the best varmint load made?

    22-250 seems to have a loyal following, but i was wondering if anyone had a caliber that they liked that doesn't receive as much attention.
     
  2. markIVbigblock

    markIVbigblock Super Member

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    I dont know if u reload but if u do u may wanna check out the .219 zipper the .218 bee the .218 donalson wasp the .25/20 the .22/3000 because i dont think cartridges are made for these anymore w/ the exception of the .25/20 I have one of these and they still make ammo for it but it is EXTREMELY hard to find if u are looking for something a bit more mainstream that u can still get factory loads for id look at the .223 its seems to be THE varmint cartridge lately the .222 is nice the .22 hornet or the .220 swift and they now have a .223 wssm dont they? it depends how big of varmints ull be hunting most of the time for coyotes i have a .220 swift but i would also like a .223 or .222 and if coyotes were all i would be varmint hunting I think I would look at a .243 or .270 JMO I think i gave u alot of stuff to think about and research let us know what u end up w/

    Aaron
     

  3. stoogots

    stoogots Active Member

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    Actually Mark, it was your post about the .22 weatherby rocket and the fact that my cousin just got a .22-250 that got me started on this whole entire varmint kick in the first place. After doing some research on the "rocket" I noticed how many underground varmint loads existed. Before that i had no clue.

    I am very interested in the .220 swift but the ammo seems to be cost prohibitive. I am also interested in the .204 ruger but it hasn't really gotten absorbed by the market yet. I don't want to be the first to have it because I don't want to spend the cash on something that hasn't been proven yet.

    You seem to know your varmint loads, have you heard anyhting about the .204 Ruger? Good or bad?
     
  4. markIVbigblock

    markIVbigblock Super Member

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    DAMN HOW COULD I FORGET!!!!!
    I cant believe i forgot to mention the .204 Ruger IVe wanted one of these ever since I read about it in a magazine I read a review of it from a guy that bought one in the Ruger #1 varmint model and he had nothing but good things to say about it Im tryin to save up for one but would like to trick out a 10/22 so im stuck w/ a huge decision here I wouldnt be afraid of getting a .204 since they are chambered in proven guns such as the #1 and the model 77 (I own both 1 ruger #1 and 2 or 3 model 77's) finding ammo may be a problem though? as to the .220 swift I love it I have one in a ruger 77 I got it for $140 from a guy that had to make bail real fast :shock: i got a synthetic stock and wood stock 3 boxes of ammo and a redfield scope damn i wish more things like that would happen to me :x anyways I use the .220 for coyotes and I believed it to be THE varmint caliber until this new .204 came along but my experience is limited since most of the varmints I hunt are coyotes. anything u buy that is not real mainstream is gonna cost u some cash in the ammo dept., unless u reload. I would suggest if money is an issue the 22-250 would be an excellent choice or the .223 which is really cheap compared to most everything else. if ur not too worried about cost the .220 swift would be an excellent choice as would the .222 if u want something different. anyways what varmints will u most likely be hunting? maybe that could help me reccomend a caliber more suited ur needs

    Aaron
     
  5. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    varmit, mmmmm....

    I would have to say the 45-70 :shock:

    :lol: Just jokin, I to like the 22-250, but also like .223. .223 ammo seems to be pretty reasonable
     
  6. stoogots

    stoogots Active Member

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    Most of my varmint hunting will consist of long range (200-300+) shots on gound hog sized animals. Once in a while a coyote will present itself but its more chance than anything else. I would like something that could run the gammut and not be lacking in either field.

    I might hold off for a .204 Ruger or I could just frame my cousin with the .22-250 so he needs bail money. :? Ahh we'll see about that.

    Hey, your advice is greatly appreciated thanks a lot.
     
  7. stoogots

    stoogots Active Member

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  8. markIVbigblock

    markIVbigblock Super Member

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    Re: re: best varmint load

    pretty interesting I wonder how hard that load is on barrels I know that the .220 swift is very hard on barrels but ill prolly never shoot it enough to wear one out if i were u id be looking at the .22-250 and the .223 the .22-250 would be the better choice of the 2 IMO but the .223's ammo is considerably cheaper as are rifles I believe? damn now uve got me thinking about a new coyote gun If I were to buy another it would be the .204 or the .222 just to have something a little different anyways I think ur best bet is the .22-250 or .223 BTW do u handload?

    Aaron
     
  9. stoogots

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    I haven't gotten into handloading yet. That is another one of the restricting factors in choosing the right caliber. Many of the rounds that were mentioned in previous posts are strictly handloaded which takes them out of contention.
    I will most likely go with the .22-250 because its easy to find ammo and its ballistics are very impressive.
     
  10. j870sm

    j870sm Well-Known Member

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    Have any of ya'll seen the .224 TTH and the reviews on it. It is a sweet shooter and extremely accurate. I don't think anyone is loading these yet and they may not but I have shot one and I liked it. Check it out....
     
  11. cowpoke

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    I would suggest that the 222 is a very fine varmint cartridge that has been all but forgotten in recent years.

    Good accuracy, low recoil, yet pretty flat out to 250 yards and most of the shots taken are most likely within that range, whether people want to admit it or not.
     
  12. Papadoodles

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    Well, I have to go with the .223. The 22-250 will out shoot it in the extreme distances; however, very few shots are "way out there". Ammo is much cheaper in the .223; more available in more places; and is not as hard on the barrel as the 22-250.

    For closer in - out to 150 yards you don't even need that much cartridge. The old .22 Long Rifle will cover the first 100 yards and the .22 magnum will take care of the last 50 yards. BUT, the bullets do tend to ricochet way too much for my taste.

    The new .17's are giving a good showing of themselves and the bullets really do explode on impact. Then, I don't own one yet.

    Choices!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  13. UltraMag

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    .17 Remington 20gr V-Max 4350 fps flatter than a .22-250 out to 400yds with almost the same drift
    .17 Remington 30gr gold 3900 fps flatter than a .22-250 with less drift out to 400+ yds.