It would help if you would tell us about the types of varmints you want to hunt,and the ranges that you expect to be shooting.Need suggestions on the ultimate varmit rifle (&caliber)/scope combo.
Intent on use? Size of "varmint" in question? Price range for your project? Off the shelf or custom build?Need suggestions on the ultimate varmit rifle (&caliber)/scope combo.
The Savage 26" heavy barrel bolt action rifles are GREAT! My .22-250 is accurate and effective. Plus it didn't cost $3000!!! No bipod, just shoot from prone.Got "right many" heavy brrl'd varmint/target guns.But for the last several years they pretty much stay in safe,mainly due to the carry weight.Nowaday's have been using an old Savage 110,22-250....its wearing one of our stocks,and has a straight 6X scope(old worldclass tasco) on it.
Don't even use Harris's(bi-pod)anymore.Much prefer shooting sticks.....we make them from old Alum. arrows.Surgical tube slid over about 4 or so inches.Then take sinew to wrap the joint,complete with a set of fieldtips.
'Bout the longest shots around here are 400 yds......but that represents maybe 5%.By far,most shots are in the 75-150 yds.And is split on shot window.Would say its about 50-50 on it being a quick shot vs say a relaxed animal.
Coyotes,Fox,Bobcats,G-hogs(here).....accuracy isn't that hard to achieve.The above gun is sub-MOA,but rarely bother shooting it off the heavy bags.It isn't much fun.The stock is built as a walking varmint.It dosen't behave very well on the bench.Its a crackerjack offhand rifle though.