Varmit cartridges

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Varmit cartridges

Postby Greg Wile » Sat Jun 18, 2005 11:15 am

What are your favorite cartridges for varmits? .223, .25-.06, 22-250, etc...
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Postby take EM' close » Sat Jun 18, 2005 6:09 pm

I use a 6mm for coyotes and an occasional prairie dog but mostly I just use the good old 38 grain hollow point bullet in a .22 Ruger!!
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Postby Cobra » Sun Jun 19, 2005 10:16 am

All around favorite is 220 Swift for all varmints but the 17 Rem, 22-250, 22 Hornet and 22 Mag all have their days and place.
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Postby Guest » Tue Jun 28, 2005 8:48 pm

mines a .243. its a great all around gun. anything from deer to praire dogs. im looking into buying a .223 for the p dogs just so i can watch them splatter in the scope
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Sun Jul 03, 2005 12:27 am

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To answer the question, I mostly use my homies (DuffMaN) .223 .

We just load it w/ 55 grain Nosler Balistic Tips.......Man is that a 400 yard death-ray or what!!!

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Postby had » Mon Jul 18, 2005 2:38 am

i use a .243 for coyotes. for p dogs i would use a .223.
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Postby Gatman » Fri Aug 19, 2005 10:24 pm

I use the new .17HMR. Have any of you tried one. Man, I wil tell you that cartridge is smoking!!! I can't wait to get my hands on the .17HM2.
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Postby JWG » Sun Aug 21, 2005 7:54 am

Just got the new .204 in a Rem 700 ADL. Had the trigger fixed and shoots under an inch. I guess I couldn't ask for more. Hopefully this year calling will be better. We need an actual accumulation of snow this year.
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Postby Penguine » Fri Sep 23, 2005 8:09 am

I've done in prarie dogs with a .243 and a .308. They are great for making sure the sights are on for deer season. I have friends that shoot em with a 7mm Mag, an SKS, and a .22.

Talk about an explosion... a p. dog hit with a .308 or a 7mm makes quite the little explosion.
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Postby Mr. 16 gauge » Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:39 am

AR15 in .223 loaded with 55 grain soft point; .22 magnum (for night hunting) loaded with soft points.
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Postby diver-hunter » Wed Oct 05, 2005 12:29 pm

ive got quite a few varmint guns (swifts, 222's, 22 Hornet, etc) and must say my 204 ruger shoots real good. its the faster than my swift even....anyways, it will literally make a crow explode so the only thing you find is feathers. its great for just about everything....but if im goin for like an all around truck gun, my 17 HMR is my truck gun :smile: it will destroy quite a bit too.
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Postby 98ramtough » Wed Oct 05, 2005 12:38 pm

for now I use a .270 with hand loaded .90 grain hollow points going around 3700 ft a second. They do a good number on coyotes and whistle pigs...
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Postby speedotoy » Sun Oct 09, 2005 9:13 pm

I use a .243 with winchester 55gr Silvertips. Not many yotes stand up to 3900fps. :eek:
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Postby Greg Wile » Sun Oct 09, 2005 9:18 pm

They sure cann't out run it!! :hammering:
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Postby waterfowlhunter » Sat Oct 29, 2005 12:16 pm

I am the odd one here I guess but I am not a fur hunter I just like to get rid of the coyotes to help promote my deer and pheasent populations. I use a 300 WSM with 125gr Nosler BT's. Makes a coyote go SPLAT....I also use a 12 ga / #4 buck for night hunting. My 223 and 17HMR get some use but the 300 is more fun and they never move not even a step.
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Postby Ambushem » Sun Nov 27, 2005 6:43 pm

Being a fur collector I don't much like ruining my furbearing friends, lol, so depending on where I am, I usually use my .17 rimfire or .22 mag or 12 gauge for close range, and when I know I am gonna be shooting a pretty good distance I use my .243 loaded with 100 grain heads and try to neck shoot em.....works wonders....lol
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Postby bubba1 » Sun Nov 27, 2005 7:03 pm

depends on where i am hunting. In the woods and marsh areas I use my .223. My parents farm with bigger fields, so i use a .308, able to reach out and touch them, but big exit hole.
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Postby Greg Wile » Sun Nov 27, 2005 8:28 pm

Thats the beauty of the 6.5x55 when loaded with the 100 grain bullet or the 85 grainer it will reach out there with plenty of oomph and does'nt make a gaping big hole when exiting. :hammering:
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Postby scattergunner » Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:46 pm

.223 Rem for just about all my varmint shooting. I have yet to take a coyote or fox with a 12 gauge loaded with #4 buck, but I hope to in the future. Seems like I only need my shotgun when I don't have it with me. I do like the .17 HMR on closer prairie dogs, usually under 175 yards. Anything beyond that, I happily utilize the Bushy and mags full of 45 grain softpoints.
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Postby mallardman77 » Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:11 pm

98ramtough wrote:for now I use a .270 with hand loaded .90 grain hollow points going around 3700 ft a second. They do a good number on coyotes and whistle pigs...


98, do you reload these shells or can you get them factory loaded? Will be going on my first coyote hunt early in the new year and was planning on using my .270. The lowest bullet weight I could find factory loaded is from remington and is a 100 grain core-lokt but a 90gr HP I would like better.

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Postby Cobra » Sun Dec 11, 2005 7:01 pm

Tried the 270 a number of years ago with some 90gr bullets I loaded up. Fast, accurate and lethal, just don't plan on keeping the pelt. Hit a trotting 'yote at ~100yds in the shoulder, blew the far shoulder out. Had a hole the size of a cantalope and pushed it 10 feet farther away. That was it for me, back to the Swift and 17 Rem. You may be better off with the 100gr factory load, nowhere near as devastating but just as effective in dropping one.
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Postby Greg Wile » Sun Dec 11, 2005 7:46 pm

HP tend to make a larger entry hole and if/when they exit they blow a hole the size of a softball out the far side. Spire points are not nerely as bad. I have some 100gr Speer spire points to load for my 6.5 and they are loaded to around 3200 fps out of a 23.5" barrel and give me min of angle at 300 yrds. I have yet to shoot a yote out any farther than 50yrds. Even with the sipe point bullets I have some sewing to do. The barrel on the Husquavarna is a stepped barrel which goes from bull barrel size down to approx 1" diameter for the last 12". This makes for a very accurate gun from shot to shot plus the 6.5x55 Sweedish bullet is inherently accurate due to its diameter and length.
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