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shooter24 02-22-2010 04:53 PM

Which caliber for varmits?
 
Hey guys im looking into getting a new rifle for varmit hunting...22 mag isnt cutting it anymore.:mad: The calibers im looking at are .223 or .22 250. So which one should i get based on performance, ammo prices, and ammo avalibility. Thanks for your help in advance.:D

Dillinger 02-22-2010 05:08 PM

You want to shoot reloads? Or off the shelf ammo? What ranges? How big of a critter are we talking about here? Groundhogs? Coyotes?

spittinfire 02-22-2010 05:11 PM

Give CCI stingers a try, they worked for us in years past. Before we found them my dad used his 308 a few times.

shooter24 02-22-2010 05:19 PM

No i wont be reloading...to much work but i wish i had the time to. I could be shooting out to maybe 300 yrds. Im looking to take coyotes and some whistle pigs with it.:D

hunter Joe 02-22-2010 05:47 PM

Your on the right track, 22-250, .223, .204 Ruger, 6.8 SPC, 17 HMR. It pretty comes down to budget and what trips your trigger.

robocop10mm 02-22-2010 05:56 PM

For ammo availability...223 all the way. You have MUCH more variety from 40 gr to 80 gr. 300 yards the .223 is all you will need.

.22-250 will have more oomph at 300 but at the cost of much more recoil and limited ammunition choices/availability. If you were saying 4-500, I would say .22-250 or 6mm Rem.

Dillinger 02-22-2010 06:05 PM

I would have to agree with Robo. In that range, and with that criteria, I think that 5.56/.223 is going to be a better all around fit for your needs as described.

JD

skullcrusher 02-22-2010 06:12 PM

Don't over look the .204 Ruger. Getting more and more popular and an extremely flat shooting round. Not sure how the price vs .223 compares.

stalkingbear 02-22-2010 06:23 PM

Another vote for the .223. It's good on groundhogs & coyotes out to about 400 yards before it starts to lose steam. If you was shooting 400-600 yards the 22-250 would be better.

lonyaeger 02-22-2010 06:33 PM

To continue this conversation....which, in y'alls opinions, is the better round...the .22-250 or the 6mm Rem? Cuz I may be looking at one or the other.


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