Originally Posted by js9088
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.
I'd do the regular 22-250, for the reasons you stated. It'll kill 'em as far away as you can hit 'em.
For a walking gun, I wouldn't even consider a .700-.750 muzzle diameter, that's a number 5 through Rem varmint contour realm. Too much for a walker. I wouldn't go over a Rem magnum profile, which is around .650, and keep it at 24 or under, and get it in an 8" twist.
I just put one together that's similar. 23" Rock 8 twist Rem mag contour, .655" at the muzzle, chambered in 22-250 Ackley, sitting in a McMillan Classic stock, with a Leupold 3.5-10 CDS in Talley rings/bases. Weighs in a 8 1/4 lbs. Add in five rounds, bipod, and sling, and that's all you want in a walking varminter.