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Old 11-16-2009, 01:42 PM
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varmint rifle????

So as a bowhunter almost exclusively I don't know a whole lot about rifles and such, I haven't seriously shot rifles in about ten years. So I really don't know what is the good product or new rounds now. What I am looking for is a rifle that I can go out and shoot coyotes and other varmints with out to about 500 yards if I want to. I have narrowed things down to either a .243 wssm or a 25 wssm or a 22.250. does any one have any opinions on these three or any other suggestions about what I should be looking for. Brands and model suggestions are welcome too.
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:30 PM
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Re: varmint rifle????

You're asking a very broad question. One which will get a variety of answers I'm sure.

Since your question was very basic I'm going to assume you are looking for something basic and straight forward. IMHO I would forego the speed advantage of the WSSM and get something in standard .243 Winchester. If the Rem 6mm was as popular as the standard 243 that easily would be my suggestion but it's not and you can pretty much always find some sort of 243 ammo. The 22-250 is a great round but I think the 243 for what you are describing would possible be a better choice.
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:38 PM
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Re: varmint rifle????

your correct I want something straight forward. On the other hand I want something that I won't want to upgrade six months down the road. I like to spend money once. my archery habit is expensive enough I don't want to be buying three rifles a year like I do bows. what is the advantage of the standard 243 over the other rounds I said besides availability. and tell me about the 6mm, I am unfamiliar with that round.
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Old 11-16-2009, 07:42 PM
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Re: varmint rifle????

The 6mm Rem is the 57mm Mauser case necked down to .244. Similar in design to the .257 Roberts. It runs about 100-200fps faster than a standard .243. Early models were built with a slow rate of twist that wouldn't stabilize bullets over about 80gr, These were labeled .244 Rem. Remington intended the round for varmint use originally. Winchester used a faster twist and the .243 was mare suitable for deer sized game as larger bullets were better stabilized and more accurate.
In Ackley improved form the 6mm approaches WSSM specs. Case life is good, and even better with the Ackley version.
Good round that offers superior performance on everything from chucks and 'yotes to whitetails and mulies if you get the faster twist barrel.
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Old 11-16-2009, 07:54 PM
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Re: varmint rifle????

+1 on the 243, easy to reload. if your looking to reload, lots of choices,,,Sierra has 13 bullet choices in 243 alone from 55gr to 107grMatchking with 4 of them Varminter. What type of rifle are you thinking about and any particular price limit?
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Re: varmint rifle????

thanks jamie. that sounds very close to what I am looking for. any idea what a decent gun can be had for. probably will buy a used gun. I don't need anything really high end just something that I will be happy with for a long time. I am not opposed to upgrading components where needed either.
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Old 11-16-2009, 08:08 PM
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thanks for the reply. would look to stay around 500 to 700 dollars. I am really liking the input regarding the 243 and 6mm. 243 was honestly my last choice but am getting good feedback about it and the 6mm has really peaked my interest. right now I don't have any reloading supplies but when I purchase a rifle I will deffinately start to load my own.
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