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Old 06-29-2004, 12:30 AM
 
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Building a custom varmint rig??

Let's say you were going to build a custom varmint rig for some p-doggin'...what would you build?

Action, caliber, barrel (type, length, brand), and Stock.

Of course bullet...

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Old 06-29-2004, 08:54 AM
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Re: Building a custom varmint rig??

...most important thing to remember... go with the best components you can possibly afford and then "double it"... just a little humor!

...while everyone has their favorites, you are likely to be happy with Nesika action (or other recommended custom); caliber depends on range and volume of shooting, but .223 is the most popular factory caliber; bullet weight will depend on distance you'll be shooting most; barrel = shilen select match appropriate for the bullet weight you select; McMillan stock... there you go... this rifle will give you "vision" for the next one... gotta go for it!
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Old 06-29-2004, 04:59 PM
 
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Re: Building a custom varmint rig??

The first rifle I built started as a rem 700 LSS in 300 RUM. I bought it new for a donor action. The action was trued, trigger job, #5 krieger barrel 26" 7mm STW, and Mcmillian rem hunter stock. Shoots 156 Cauterucios.

The next one was a 338 Lapua, Mcmillian rem hunter stock (I like that stock!), Jewell trigger, PGW M18 action, #7 Lilja 28" fluted. 300 SMK's of course!

Now for a varmint rig....
I'm a little at a loss, for (Ballistically Challenged) varmint calibers. My firast inclination is 220 swift, 22-250, or something like that. Now, I hear guys saying that the wind will mess me up at long range with the lighter calibers. How about heavier bullets? I have no idea, for example, how a 75gr amax would perform in a 220 swift?

My self imposed limit is 500 yards on game...that is big game. But shootin' p-dogs I would attempt longer range shots since I don't share the same feelings towards p-dogs as I do towards elk, or deer, etc. Nor do I spend as much per head of game! I guess I think of p-dogs as practice.

I would like to build a varmint rig that can reach out and touch those SOB's. That is why I could use some help with stock type, barrel type, etc. I mean should I go with a BR type stock, tactical, hunting? Straight barrel, contoured, etc? Bullets?

With big game I know what's what. This varminting is a new animal for me.

Thanks for all who help!
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Old 06-29-2004, 05:56 PM
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Re: Building a custom varmint rig??

In fact John my 22-250 has a 1-9" douglas premium on a rem 788 action. Not expensive, but a tack driver. The thing loves 69 grain SMKs over IMR4350 (highly recommended powder by many people for that bullet weight) and will usually shoot .2" at 100 yards when I do my part. I'd go 1-8" for the 75s, but with the 1-9" you can go with the various berger VLDs at or slightly greater than 70 grains, though they may not explode as well as you like. I just sort win brass for my 22-250, but the norma is excellent stuff. My friend uses it and it is unbelievably consistant, and you can get it in 220 swift as well. I have talked to several people that have either a 1-8" or 1-9" in 22-250 and have been very pleased.

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Old 06-29-2004, 06:05 PM
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Re: Building a custom varmint rig??

I didn't state that I use a #5 contour. It is still heavy but manageable when packing it. You can't go wrong with krieger, broughton, lilja, and shilen select as well as many others. I prefer a bench style stock or just a varmint style stock: as long as it has a wider fore grip to grip the bags. You don't always require it in the field, but good groups are desired and this requires a lot of load developement and off the bench shooting so just get something that will grip the bags. Ground squirrels here in Idaho are tiny and make a very small target at 400 yards.
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Old 06-29-2004, 06:22 PM
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Re: Building a custom varmint rig??

For volume shooting 223 hands down. Can burn up a 22-250 or Swift barrel in one day in a hot town. The big 22's are great with heavy bullets and will get you out to 7-800 on a fairly calm day.
For longe dogs or high winds, the 6mm cartridges with 105 or 107s are good or any of the 6.5mm also without getting to much recoil.
But what the hell, I use my 338 Lapua!
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Old 06-29-2004, 08:47 PM
 
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Re: Building a custom varmint rig??

Chris, if I use my 338 lapua I won't need a varmint rifle. But, I don't want to waste barrel life in my lapua.

Last year in Wyoming I used my 7STW. I wasn't planning on p-doggin' but the guide suggested it after tagging out early.

Chris, what type of stock would you use?

How much to build me a rig?
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