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#5454054 - 12/02/14 12:57 PM Help decide on a varmint rifle
Travis Lane Offline
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Registered: 12/01/14
Posts: 5
I'm looking to buy a new rifle for coyotes prairie dogs and possible bobcats. I was thinking either a .204, .243, .223, or .22-250. I'll be hunting in central and west texas. Any input on these calibers or any others would be appreciated. Thanks

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#5454059 - 12/02/14 12:59 PM Re: Help decide on a varmint rifle [Re: Travis Lane]
Navasot Offline
Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25963
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
22-250
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#5454073 - 12/02/14 01:08 PM Re: Help decide on a varmint rifle [Re: Travis Lane]
Cobbler Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 09/06/12
Posts: 133
22-250. I've got one and wouldn't get rid of it.

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#5454078 - 12/02/14 01:09 PM Re: Help decide on a varmint rifle [Re: Travis Lane]
Judd Offline


Registered: 01/22/09
Posts: 10762
Loc: Sachse, TX
223/22-250/220 swift for dedicated varmint gun. For mulitpurpose a 243 could do it with a light bullet and you could use a heavier bullet to deer hunt.

I'm a 6mm slut but I still have a 223 and 220 swift.
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#5454080 - 12/02/14 01:11 PM Re: Help decide on a varmint rifle [Re: Travis Lane]
usdrscott Offline
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Registered: 01/13/14
Posts: 255
Loc: TX - Texas
That 22-250 gets it done and decent ammo selections here is a different caliber to look at 223 wssm
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#5454084 - 12/02/14 01:14 PM Re: Help decide on a varmint rifle [Re: Travis Lane]
RiverRider Offline
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Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 6232
Loc: Wise Co.
If you're intent on hot and heavy prairie dog shooting you'd be best off with something in .223 Rem unless you can restrain yourself from toasting the barrel on a .22-250.
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#5454088 - 12/02/14 01:17 PM Re: Help decide on a varmint rifle [Re: Travis Lane]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
Posts: 23463
Loc: Texas
.223
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#5454097 - 12/02/14 01:21 PM Re: Help decide on a varmint rifle [Re: Travis Lane]
JRJ6 Offline
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Registered: 03/13/14
Posts: 3899
Loc: Dallas, TX
all of those you listed are great. chose the one best for you

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#5454135 - 12/02/14 01:43 PM Re: Help decide on a varmint rifle [Re: Travis Lane]
Bullfrog Offline
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Registered: 01/21/11
Posts: 10596
Loc: N-Bedford
I've fallen for the 204 myself in a CZ varmint target 527 with the Kevlar stock. Dang I love that thing! And it's truly a great value!
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#5454140 - 12/02/14 01:47 PM Re: Help decide on a varmint rifle [Re: Travis Lane]
SingleShot85 Offline


Registered: 05/27/09
Posts: 1750
Loc: S.A. and Kinney Co.
22-250, my rifle, 80gr amaxs at 3200fps

or the exotic 22-Creedmoor
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#5454141 - 12/02/14 01:48 PM Re: Help decide on a varmint rifle [Re: Travis Lane]
Bullfrog Offline
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Registered: 01/21/11
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But as always, the 22-250 will win I'm sure.
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#5454142 - 12/02/14 01:49 PM Re: Help decide on a varmint rifle [Re: Travis Lane]
HorizonFirearms Offline
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Registered: 05/05/10
Posts: 1616
Loc: College Station, Texas
22 creedmoor 75 grainer in a 22 inch barrel I am going 3320


Edited by HorizonFirearms (12/02/14 01:50 PM)
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#5454144 - 12/02/14 01:50 PM Re: Help decide on a varmint rifle [Re: Travis Lane]
iliketohunt Online   sleepy
THF Celebrity

Registered: 09/08/10
Posts: 14454
Loc: Weatherford, TX
CZ 527 in .223
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#5454190 - 12/02/14 02:16 PM Re: Help decide on a varmint rifle [Re: Travis Lane]
Txkiller Offline
the terminator

Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 25258
Loc: Hwy 380
.22-250 hands down and don't worry about barrel life.....

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#5454203 - 12/02/14 02:21 PM Re: Help decide on a varmint rifle [Re: Travis Lane]
Toxarch Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 03/09/11
Posts: 1684
Loc: Parker County
.223
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