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Unread 10-28-2003, 02:20 PM
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Re: the best long range varmint caliber

I'll go the opposite route, thank you.

I'm shooting a 22-243AI w/8" twist barrel. I can shoot 80gr JLK's @ 3,600 ft/sec without enduring much recoil.

I haven't bothered to compared the drop table or wind drift against the other recommended cartridges but it would be interesting to see how they compare out to 1,000yd.

Just my thoughts.

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    Unread 10-28-2003, 04:24 PM
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    Re: the best long range varmint caliber

    vh

    how about this one
    http://www.jarrettrifles.com/cal_243_catbird.htm

    85 grain bullets at 3800??
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    Re: the best long range varmint caliber

    VH

    You would have to look at the 1000 yard results to see which cartridge is being used the most.

    There are very few .224 cal bullets being used at all if any.
    I to have a 22/284 and can drive the 80 gr bullet quite fast.

    I also have the 6/284 and 2 or 3 6.5/284 guns to make the comparison.

    No 80 gr bullet in the 224 diameter will stay on course and beat the wind better then a 107 gr 6mm/284 or a 142 gr 6.5/284.
    It just don't happen.
    I've shot a lot of 80 gr 224 bullets.

    Check the BC of each. The 80 gr is low compared to the 107gr 6mm or the 142gr 6.5.
    Look at the Sierra MK line.

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    Unread 10-28-2003, 10:35 PM
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    Re: the best long range varmint caliber

    what about the 25-06? or 270 wsm?
    just curious
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    Unread 10-29-2003, 12:20 AM
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    the best long range varmint caliber

    what caliber would be suited for 1000 yard prairie dogs. i was thinking 6mmai are the 22-6mmai for wind less days. how about the 6ppc usa wouls it get me to a 1000 yards for varmint??? what are you guys using for far away varmints?? thanks tommy
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    Re: the best long range varmint caliber

    Tommy, when going that far, your biggest enemy is wind drift. Accuracy also has to be top notch.

    The heavy 6mm and 6.5mm bullets are the smallest cal that will consistently work in the wind.

    The 87gr vmax, and 105gr amax are excellent in the 6mm. The 140gr SST or amax will be great in the 6.5. Try for a muzzle vel around 2800 to 3000fps.

    Enjoy...

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    Re: the best long range varmint caliber

    Hey Tommy,
    Have done quite a bit with prairie dogs at distance. The bigger bullet the better. The 6mm with the vld type bullets are ok but not great. Under ideal conditions the 6br with long bullets is good, but seldom do I have that kind of conditions to shoot on the prairie. I have used 22-250 ack. w/80-90 gr.,6br w/105, 6mmack w/115, 6.5x284 w/140, 7stw w/120-180, 300 w/185-210.
    The small stuff is fun to play with but for consistent hits on small targets I prefer 6.5 or bigger.
    Don
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