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Old 12-28-2010, 08:22 PM
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New Varmint Rifle Build Advice

I am wanting to build a "walking varminter" that I primarry will use for coyote and bobcat calling in Eastern Kansas. Shots usually are 50-100 yards but sometime are further and want the ability to reach out. I have historicall used a sporter weight 223. I also have a couple of heavy barrel 22-250s that I shoot prairie dogs with.

I am leaning towards 22-250 because I already load for it, have components, etc. I also thought about a 243. I think I want to stick with standard chamberings (i.e. not Ackley or tight neck). If I chose the 22-250 I woud likely use either 55 or 60gn NBT or V-Max.

I understand the 243 might be more versatile but would welcome everyones opinion.

Think I will start with a 700 action, HS Sporter stock, 24-26" barrel that is .700-.750" at the barrel.

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Old 12-28-2010, 09:41 PM
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Re: New Varmint Rifle Build Advice

I would build a straight 22-243 with a 1-8 twist 26" barrel for shooting the 80gr bullets. I have built several of these and love the caliber. The 80 gr pills are super deadly, I have killed many coyotes, bobcats, and whitetails with this round. It is super easy to load for, and feeds terrific. Just my .02 but I think you would be very happy with it! If you need some load data, or anything I would be glad to help ya!
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Re: New Varmint Rifle Build Advice

js9088,
You might think of trying to locate a Weatherby Varmintmaster {1960's} in .22-250 and re-barrel it to one of the 6mm's. I did one of mine and it's a great walking rifle at just under 9lb with a 26" barrel in 6XC.
Weatherby Mk V Varmintmaster 22.250
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Re: New Varmint Rifle Build Advice

mine is a .223 with a 20" barrel. Started out as a Remington 700VS. The rifle has a near perfect balance, and shoots extremely well offhand. As for the too short 20" barrel; let me put it this way, "I lost about 75fps with a 55 grain bullet." I'll trade that anyday of the week
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Old 12-29-2010, 02:57 PM
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Re: New Varmint Rifle Build Advice

What is the 6XC? What is the parent cartridge? How is it formed?
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Old 12-29-2010, 03:08 PM
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Re: New Varmint Rifle Build Advice

js9088,
Here you go this might help your research... 6XC Cartridge Guide
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Re: New Varmint Rifle Build Advice

Sounds like you're already on the right track to me. Go fast twist if you do the .22-250 but I'd consider the .243 if you want more reach. If you don't already load for the .243, I'd consider the .243 AI. It won't make much difference in your set-up costs and has some additional advantages especially in case stretch and trimming. The 58 gr or 65 gr V-max will do well on fur.

Sounds like you'll have a great rig whatever you choose.

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