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Old 01-02-2012, 01:02 AM
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Is a bull barrel necessary?

I am looking to go on a prairie dog hunt in south dakota this summer with a group of friends. We are all avid hunters but do not own rifles because we live in lower Michigan where a shotgun and .22 do most of our killing. We are looking to purchase a 22-250 remington caliber rifle and just wanted to know if a bull barrel is absolutly necessary. We would like to use these guns for predator hunts in the future and dont really want a 26" bull barrel to lug around. Can anyone help?!?!
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:36 AM
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Re: Is a bull barrel necessary?

IMO. You could certainly use a light barrel in 22-250 for PD's , if you picked your shots and kept shooting volume at a level that didn't cook your barrel.. If its like most hunts where you get into heavy shooting, you may be disappointed. You might want to consider something like a Savage Predator that has a 22" barrel that is not a full bull, that could better serve both purposes and not that heavy. You may also find that a 223 could fill the purpose without a large trade off in distance capability but a better compromise for both types of hunts.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:49 AM
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Re: Is a bull barrel necessary?

Well, we were planning to take a .22 along with a 22-250 and we would have a total of 8 guys. So I figured the more people the less shooting per person right? I was looking at the tc venture predator with a 6-24x40 bushnell banner. I'm just a college student and don't really have a large price range. If I could stay around $600 for a gun set up that would leave me money for ammo.
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Well, we were planning to take a .22 along with a 22-250 and we would have a total of 8 guys. So I figured the more people the less shooting per person right? I was looking at the tc venture predator with a 6-24x40 bushnell banner. I'm just a college student and don't really have a large price range. If I could stay around $600 for a gun set up that would leave me money for ammo.
Under those circumstances your choice will be fine, and will have a a lot of fun!
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:10 AM
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Re: Is a bull barrel necessary?

Thanks very much. I was just worried that I would spend a bunch of money and then burn out the barrel in one trip. Although if anything did happen to the barrel, tc has a lifetime warranty on this gun. Would that cover it? If not, what does it cost to have a gun re-barreled?
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Re: Is a bull barrel necessary?

Have you considered a 223? The reason I ask is that it will offer the ability to shoot much longer in the heat than the 22-250 and be easier on barrels. There are some great factory load options out there for the 223 for varminting. Hornady has their Steel Match ammo, and Zombie ammo that will make for affordable shooting. Plus there are a ton of other ammo out there that will work well. Black Hills has a ton of load offerings too.

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Old 01-02-2012, 10:20 AM
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Re: Is a bull barrel necessary?

I have thought about a .223 but they seem to lack the consistencey of further shots around 300-400 yards. I mainly want the gun for coyotes and sometimes I need the extra range of the 22-250.
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