New varmint caliber?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Tjurgensen, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. Tjurgensen

    Tjurgensen New Member

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    M looking for a new a new varmint and predator rifle. Iv narrowed my calibers to the 6.5 creedmore, the 6.5x284, 6.5x55, the 204, and the 17 hornet. Any suggestions advice or experience would be appreciated.
     
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  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    depending on the size of varmint might factor into caliber selection for the intended rifle. of all listed, the 204 Ruger, is the one i have some experiance with. very fast, very accurate and virtually no recoil. the 17 Hornet is still new, and so far from what i have read, looks to be very interesting and one i want to check out personally. both the of the 6.5's listed have excellent downrange ballistics, but depends on what size critter you are going after. but both could still be viable options though.
     

  3. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    I'd go .204 if its just for varmints. That's a bada$$ caliber. I'd love an AR in .204!!!!
     
  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Sabre Defence use to offer an upper in 204 Ruger for the AR. MidwayUSA listed it for $699 IIRC.
     
  5. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    Ill have to check that out. Thanks!!
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    you're welcome. but it looks like they are not carrying it anymore, but i did fing this one in 204 Ruger from DPMS at MidwayUSA for $799. hope this helps.

    looks like Sabre Defence is out of business.

    http://sabredefence.com/
     
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  7. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    Sucks to hear about their business...
     
  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    yes it does. but i did find another one for you!:D
     
  9. jpattersonnh

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    I think the 6.5's are quite often over looked as a vermin hunter. You might want to look at the old 6.5x55. I reload and 100gr SP are very accurate, 87-89gr not so much. W/ a 100gr at 3000fps it is a 500 yard shooter. The drop is well within a normal scopes range w/ standard bases.
     
  10. Tjurgensen

    Tjurgensen New Member

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    Yeah the 6.5X55 was also one I was looking at and forgot to add.
     
  11. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    .25-06..................
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the 6.5x55mm is one sweet shooting round! gentle recoil and very accurate.

    i shot a friend's wifes Winchester M70 in 6.5x55mm a couple of years ago, getting it sighted in for her after mounting a new scope. very sweet shooting rifle and cartridge. put me on the hunt for one! makes me want to build a target rifle out of that round.
     
  13. jpattersonnh

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    I have no issue taking a shot at a coyote at 200 yards w/ this set up. It is one of my medium game hunters. I don't sweat it a bit if I'm loaded w/ 129 or 139gr bullets. The 4x scope limits its' range to about 200 yards on coyotes. W/ a 200 yard zero you are about 2" high at 100 yards and ten clicks, 2.5moa on a 1/4" adjustment for 300 yards. 1962 Husqvarna M1600
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  14. Apex-Predator

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    I LOVE my 6.5x55, that is hands down my favorite all around cartridge, it is superbly accurate, and every bit as versatile as the 30-06 at a much lower level of recoil. That said the 260 Rem or 6.5 Creedmore are supposed to be able to do nearly everything the Swede can in a short action, none of them will ever replace my 6.5x55 though.
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the 25-06 is a fine caliber for larger varmints and has been one of my favorites for over thirty years now. i'd be at a loss without at least one rifle in that caliber!

    first time i shot one a couple of years ago, i fell in love with the 6.5x55 cartridge! now i want one pretty bad. i just keep looking though, and paitience will pay off one day. it truly is a very good round and can be very versatile as well.
     
  16. mtnbadger

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    I love the 204 it's just a ton of fun for shooting milk jugs and great for varmints at a farther distance, I took a porcupine with a ruger M77 in 204 ruger skinning that thing was very interesting...

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  17. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If you have an AR, the .205 Ruger is the natural choice.
     
  18. jpattersonnh

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    .204 is best in a bolt gun. There was a gentleman named Bob Faucett from Idaho. He passed a few years ago. He was a 400, 500 yard machine w/ a CZ527. We are talking P-dogs.
     
  19. Txhillbilly

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    Larger varmints ?
    I've shot many a prairie dog with mine out to around 500 yards. It's just too much fun watching them explode when the 85gr Nosler BT hits them. They just make a little red smoke cloud!
     
  20. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i was thinking coyote sized varmints! Wile E. Coyote!!!!:D