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Old 04-07-2021, 06:52 PM
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For those that have experience with Varmint cartridges. What have you settle on? I tried 17hmr and 22mag.
I'd prefer a center fire to reload.
I'm hoping experienced Varmint shooters can give advice to a caliber that they found better then others.
I'll use this mostly for fun shooting. 100 meters- 300.

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Old 04-07-2021, 07:36 PM
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204 ruger.
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Old 04-07-2021, 07:36 PM
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223 Remington
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Old 04-07-2021, 07:57 PM
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Old 04-07-2021, 07:58 PM
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Old 04-07-2021, 08:01 PM
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Why?
cheap (prices have gone up)
easy on barrels
soft recoiling for smaller/new shooters
very common (was before this crazy surge in guns n ammo)
plenty of bullet options from plinking to varmints and in some places deer/antelope
easy on fur
accurate in the 100-300 range you gave
can be reloaded easily (if you find components these days)
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Old 04-07-2021, 08:08 PM
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cheap (prices have gone up)
easy on barrels
soft recoiling for smaller/new shooters
very common (was before this crazy surge in guns n ammo)
plenty of bullet options from plinking to varmints and in some places deer/antelope
easy on fur
accurate in the 100-300 range you gave
can be reloaded easily (if you find components these days)
Thank you guess I should have elaborated
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Old 04-07-2021, 08:21 PM
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Because they fly fast flat accurately and dont blow big holes normally
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Old 04-07-2021, 08:29 PM
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All depends on your intended use as a varmint cartridge. Gophers 22lr, 17hmr, 22 hornet, 17 hornet, 204, 223
Coyotes204, 223, 222, 22-250 just to name a few. Also changes if you want to save fur or money on ammo
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Old 04-07-2021, 08:50 PM
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My vote would be a .223, can even be taken out to 1000m. All the other comments hit the nail on the head. Cheap and recoil friendly. Shoot all day and spend a fraction of any other calibre choice.

I also found it crazy accurate and easy to load for. I loaded 7 3 shot series to shoot when I had mine. Biggest group was 3/4” at 100 yards. Smallest was 1/4”. I shouldn’t have sold that rifle, but sold it to fund another .223 project.
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Old 04-07-2021, 09:38 PM
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If you reload the .17 hornet gets first dibs, If you have land with no buildings close by then the .204 is next. Love them both. The .222 Rem is also an excellent choice
If your in close to buildings/landowners the .17 hmr. is a great choice but I have had some land owners complain it is still to loud but I feel it is by far, a safer option then a .22 rimfire. (less ricochets).
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Old 04-07-2021, 10:55 PM
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I have used many different cartridges over the years but live the .222 Remington.
However if I did not have my Anchutz Duece I would be grabbing one of my .223's.
The.223 has the advantage of very accessible ammo , as was mentioned, and the rifles are generally very accurate .Long range bullets of 70 grains and heavier would not be my first choice for a 300 meter coyote shot but they certainly work
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Old 04-07-2021, 11:37 PM
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Most avid varmint guys like myself have many calibers to choose from
17 fireball, 17 Hornet 20 Extreme 222, 223.

223. is argueably the most popular

222 is an under rated fantastic cartridge

204 ruger very popular
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Old 04-08-2021, 06:43 AM
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For ground squirrels , crows and small varmints, I like the 17 hornet, quiet for a centerfire, and the barrel doesn't heat up. For coyotes, I like the 20 calibers, like the 204R. If you don't reload, the 223rem is a great choice.
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Old 04-08-2021, 07:46 AM
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223 gets my vote, but that option to reload sure opens your doors.
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Old 04-08-2021, 07:58 AM
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I have literally tried them all. The ones I still have are 22 RF, 17 HMR, 17 FireBall, 22 Hornet and 223. The 22 Hornet is no louder than a 17 HMR and can be loaded with Trail boss to be almost silent.

Sold the 204, 17 Hornet, 218 Bee, 243, 22 BR, 20 Practical, 221 FB, and a raft of others.
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Old 04-08-2021, 08:07 AM
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I use a 1/8" twist 223 Rem that does everything you are asking and more. Very accurate with any bullets I have used and powder friendly. Always nice to watch impacts too! Great on coyotes to 300m or gongs to 1000m. Good luck with your decision! Keep us updated...
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Old 04-09-2021, 04:34 AM
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A 222 would be a good old school choice if you can find one. The 223 is far easier to find rifles, ammo and brass for.
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Old 04-09-2021, 07:09 AM
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22-250.

Don’t wanna inhumanely put the gopher down with a runty 223 or 204.




Plus I have one for sale gently used
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Old 04-09-2021, 07:19 AM
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223 is great varmint cartridge. My T3 shoots 0.5MOA with v-max 55gr. Got two dogs at 500+ yds with it.
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Old 04-09-2021, 09:07 AM
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I used to be a die-hard coyote hunter. Mostly touring, run and gun style on the wide open prairies here in the south.
22-250 was the best of the best at the time, and I dont think things could have changed too much! Reaches way out to 450 yard for tagging coyotes with enough energy to inflict damage and get the job done.
If you're calling them in close, or just shooting gophers, anything from the 22 WMR, 204, and .17's are fine. Wide open country puts them to the test.
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Old 04-09-2021, 10:29 AM
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I used to be a die-hard coyote hunter. Mostly touring, run and gun style on the wide open prairies here in the south.
22-250 was the best of the best at the time, and I dont think things could have changed too much! Reaches way out to 450 yard for tagging coyotes with enough energy to inflict damage and get the job done.
If you're calling them in close, or just shooting gophers, anything from the 22 WMR, 204, and .17's are fine. Wide open country puts them to the test.
I ran a 17 rem for many years and it was a good 150 yard dog gun but man my buddies 22-250 sure was the icing on the cake.
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