Re: What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting
I've taken groundhogs with mine using 40gr V-Max bullets out to 480yds. However, most are shot under 300yds with this rig. If shots beyond 400 are only done occasionally, I say go for the 223. If you will be consistently shooting varmints at 400+yds, I would go with a 243 or something similar. You will have better killing capability, even on shots that aren't that well placed, and significantly less drift due to wind. The 223 is a fine cartridge, but there are better tools when you start trying to reach way out there, especially with varmint style bullets.