Thanks for the reply and it sounds like good advice. Just got back from WM but didn't order (won't do any good until Monday anyway). Have to spend some of the money I got back from a business trip reimbursement (gotta love over 850 miles at $.475 per mile reimbursement when my TDI gets 50mpg!) so I'm getting antsy.
The rifle I'm looking at is the Model 12 Varminter Low Profile Single Shot
which has the laminated stock and fluted stainless barrel. Chunky but good looking rifle that I should have a lot of fun with and that should be a good value for upgrading later.
The rifle you mentioned Flybuster is $919 at WM so is a fair bit more money and I don't necessarily need the upgrades it offers since for starters, at least until I upgrade barrels, I'm going to limit myself to lighter bullets and shorter ranges. It's a very nice rifle though.
I'm leaning towards a Mueller 8.5-25×50AO Eraticator
as a good bang-for-the-buck scope. My kids and wife will be shooting this rifle and I don't want to be paranoid that they'll damage a $1000+ scope.
Man, Remington is sure proud of their 22-250 brass they sell through WalMart. It's twice as expensive as most of the other brass at about $34/100. Heck, might as well shoot the Win 45 gr JHP bulk ammo at $25/40.
If I can get this rifle put together maybe I'll take it down to S Idaho with me over Christmas and get some time away from the in-laws so I can go glass for Coyotes out in the Owyhees.
But for now I gotta spend some family time and then get some sleep so I can scout for elk in the AM. Only have about a dozen days left in the year to get an elk with my bow.
Originally Posted by Flybuster
Sig if you really want to go the factory route, and get a 22-250 get a Savage. But I would get the Savage Long range Precision Varminter, I believe you can still get them in the 1-9" twist, even though their webpage list 1-12". Check it out, that would be the better choice for what you want anyways. Its got the heavier barrel 1" diameter, Its got the H-S stock (tough as nails, not a cheesy plastic stock) with alum action blocking, and its a stainless steel singleshot much like if not the same as the new target action.
The 1-9" would be good for those 75 grain amax's. But the downsides are Its more money than your $700 walmart gun and the gun weighs 12 pounds or thereabouts. Still don't know about 1000 yard coyotes, but it would be fun for squirrels at long range. With every choice there will be compromises to be made.
Personally I would get what I wanted the first time, the 6brx would be nice and probably the least amount of compromises.