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Unread 01-19-2006, 09:48 PM
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Re: which varment caliber?

LB, coues are my priamry hunting target dont get me wrong! the gun is going to be a single shot and i have a 270wsm, 7mag, 270, 30-06 to hunt coues with and they are my primary coues guns in that order. i am looking at a new englad fire arms single shot and have those choices of calibers. alll though looking at my bank statement and with rent and bills being due soon, i think i am going to have to hold off!
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Unread 01-19-2006, 11:31 PM
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I'm an old Javelina hunter from when I was young an dumber and lived in Las Vegas. We would just get off work on Friday and head down into Arizona looking for pigs. Sometimes even get a couple before dark or camp out where we saw some and hunt the weekend out.

Close shot is a rarity. You had to be good at glassing and then figure out how to get the sneak on them with the terrain. I only had my 26 inch barrel 270 win back then with a 4X12 scope. Later on I installed a 6X24 and Harris bipod.

They are a tough animal and I used 140 and 150 boat tails. I'd say that normal shots were in the 250-400 yard range unless you caught some feeding in a canyon wash an then you were shooting down on them.

I now own a 243 and I'm sure you could tack them on with 100's and 105's.

The 270 with 100 grains is an excellant varmint gun. My 243 I've also used the 70 grain TNT's on PD's.

All guns get hot so I always recommend the heavy longer barrels to get the most out of what ever caliber your using. For your big Nor Cal pigs I like a gun with more power. I've never owned a 25-06. The 270 can shoot a 100 grain bullet faster than the 25's 100 grain
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Unread 01-19-2006, 11:58 PM
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Re: which varment caliber?

If coues are your main target with this rifle I would say go with either the 243 or 25-06. Neither is a true varmint round but neither the 223 or 22-250 are true medium game rounds either. Better to be overgunned on varmints then undergunned on medium size game in my opinion.

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Unread 01-20-2006, 01:33 AM
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Re: which varment caliber?

.243 or .25-06 would be the go (25-06 best).

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Unread 01-20-2006, 07:07 AM
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Get a VLS, VSF or VSSF II in 22-250 for coyotes and prairie dogs.
Buy a 2nd rifle in a heavier caliber (maybe a 308) for deer and pigs since you might hunt for them once in awhile. There's plenty of used bargains out there (you can never have too many guns...).

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Unread 01-20-2006, 11:26 AM
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Re: which varment caliber?

i have a 270wsm, 7mag, 270, 30-06 to hunt coues with and they are my primary coues guns in that order

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Okay, I see why you did not place much emphasis on coues and javalina. Therefore, I think you have, at the most, two choices for prairie dogs and coyotes, 22-250 or 243; with the most logical choice being the 22-250.

Good hunting. LB
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Unread 01-20-2006, 05:25 PM
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Re: which varment caliber?

In a factory gun with little to no kick I just cant think of much better for long range varminting than the 243 with the 105 AMAX.

I shot a 22-250 for a LONG time and I absolutly love the gun, but on longer range (past 450yds) it cannot compare to the heavy 6mm bullets.

I now shoot a 25-06 with 125gr wildcats and it is a little too much for pdogs, but I bet it will flatten a OK whitetail. Only problem is it kicks a little in a medium wieght rifle.

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