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Old 07-25-2012, 04:03 AM   #21
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I started shooting prairie dogs in 1949 with a Rem 121 22 RF rifle. Not long after that I started to look for and getting different cartridge rifles. Sofar I used 17 HM2, 17 HMR, 17 Fireball, 17 Rem, 204 Ruger, 22 LR RF, 22WMR, 22 Hornet, 221 Fireball, 222 Rem, 223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, 220 Swift, 243 Win and some big game rifles for shooting p dogs. There is not one of them that I use all year. In the spring when there are a lot of shots a p dog pups within 150 yards I use the low muzzle blast 17 HM2 and 17 HMR rifles. During mid summer the shots at p dogs are longer so I use the 17 Fireball and 204 Ruger rifles . By late fall and winter I dont do much p dog shooting but if I do, I get out the 22-250 Rem , 220 Swift and 243 Win rifles. The 220 Swift and 243 Win are better used on yotes. I doubt that there is a Ultimat-Varmint Rifle.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:10 AM   #22
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I don't varmint hunt (yet), but here what I would probably pick if I was on a budget.

Marlin X7 chambered in .223, or .22-250 with a heavy barrel, and a good bipod. Throw on the clearest, most powerful scope you can get for around $300-$400, and you'll have a pretty good varmint gun gun.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:10 PM   #23
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Ive grown up popping ground hogs with my old man`s 220 Swift, but if you were in an area with prairie dogs id prolly go for a .223 Rem just for the added barrel life. Im currently saving up to get a .243 Improved barrel for my short 700 .243 originally built by AP Custom.

The 220 Swift my father has now was also built by Mike (AP Custom), long 700, factory BDL wood stock thats been pillar bedded, Jewell (sp) trigger, Leupold 6.5-20.


Why can't you just have the current barrel rechambered to .243 Improved instead of a whole rebarrel job? If you want a heavier or longer barrel, then I understand.
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:24 PM   #24
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i actually own several ultimate varmint rifles: First one was inherited when my uncle was killed in the logging woods in 1952. Its a Winchester model 70 made in 1939. It wears a Unertl 10X scope. My next reach out there varmint rifle rifle was acquired in about 1975. Its a Remington 700 in .22-250. It wears a custom 28" barrel

Later thought i needed a more powerful varmint rifle so a gunsmith built me a .22 Cheetah Mark I: It wears a 28" barrel. If you want to chunk out 45 grain bullets at 4,600 fps this caliber is for you. The the same gunsmith made me a .22 Cheetah Mark II: That one was recently sold.

Those guns reside in the back of the safe while i hunt varmints with a CZ 527 in .223.

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Old 07-26-2012, 01:30 AM   #25
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Its not a select match stainless, and it has been rechambered. It was the first gun my father had built in the mid80s. Mike did a awesome job with it but suggested a higher grade barrel to start with. It has never shot better then .5" groups at 100yds.

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Old 10-07-2012, 07:40 PM   #27
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there are at least a dozen factory calibers that could be used for varmint hunting and many different rifles in various different actions that would work as a varmint rifle. throw in many different wildcat calibers and custom built rifles and you have some choices that can be made. it depends on what distances you want to shoot at, what type of rifle you want, what your budget is, and so on.

clarification on your part as to some more specifics would help in making suggestions as to what might be best suited to your needs and wants. bolt action or single shot? 100-200 yrds or 500-600 yards? groundhog or coyote? walking or sitting? under $1000 or more than $5000?

everyone here has their own idea of what an ultimate varmint rifle is, and it may be for their type of hunting and needs. but it may or may not be suitable for you.
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I use a Rem 700 in 204 Ruger, Hornady V-Max ballistic tip...that round has made a believer out of me. Blistering fast at 4225 fps and zero drop at 200 yrds. Smoke em
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Axxe55 is correct. There is not one perfect varmint rifle. It depends on where you are and what you are hunting. For years our varmints ranged from prairie dogs to Mtn. Lions. The Mtn Lions are no longer varmints but Grey Wolves will be in many states. This calls for a .220 Swift or a 25-06 or some other long range heavy hitter. In more populated areas you may want a .17 rimfire.
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