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Snowy Mountain Rifles wants your input on ideal walking varmint rifle

 
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:37 AM
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Re: Snowy Mountain Rifles wants your input on ideal walking varmint rifle

i am no pro by no means but i usually get 50+ yotes a year and i use two rifles a 257 WTBY Mark V Ultralight when i have to cover alot of ground calling. The second one is a RRA predator. If i was to build a rifle for coyotes and other predators and some varmiting i think i would build a

.223 (cheap to shoot unlike the WTBY flat enough for 300yds on a dog)
20 in fluted sporter weight barrel (not good at contour #'s sorry)
removable clip
HS stock I would like a rail on each side or atleast one side of the fore arm for a laser mount (I have one on my RRA and use it at dusk alot when it is to hard to see the cross hairs on yotes inside 100yds
jewell trigger
4.5-14X50 scope

Sorry i am no pro like i said i just have a vision of the gun i would like to have. It is similar to the tikka scout rifle but with a sporter weight fluted barrel.

I guess from reading to each his own but this would work for me
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:49 AM
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Re: Snowy Mountain Rifles wants your input on ideal walking varmint rifle

This is what I built.
22x47 lapua
McMillan A-3 sporter
27" lilja 1-8 3 groove tactical taper "spiral fluted by kampfeld custom
bat vr 90 right bolt left port
Seekins 20 moa rail
jewel trigger
Wyatt bottom metal
Schmidt&bender 4-16x42 p4f pmII
Harris L pivoting Bi-pod.

I started out using the 80 grain jlk and they worked well, I have since moved onto the Berger 80 grain vld. This load is pushing the Berger at 3390 fps with exceptional accuracy "one coyote dead at 905 last Sunday with two witnesses and one hit but not recovered past the 1k mark" this package weighs around twelve pounds I guess it wouldn't really be classified as a "walking" varminter but it is a bit lighter than my tactical rifles.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:36 PM
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Re: Snowy Mountain Rifles wants your input on ideal walking varmint rifle

257 WTBY,

Any particular bullet you would prefer to use? How about camo colors?

Windowlicker, you have any camo or color preference?

Geb
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:42 PM
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Re: Snowy Mountain Rifles wants your input on ideal walking varmint rifle

I use the 55 grain ballistic tip bullet butwhen i dont have any reloads i use federals or hornady loaded with the v max. I would like to have a stock that was a camo'd base of desert camo sand tan and use some different shades of brown, dark od green and hints of white stripes for snowy yote hunting. I would also like a weight around 8 pounds minus scope.

I am no 1000yd coyote shooter most of mine are inside the 500 yd mark although a few weeks ago i shot one a 519 with the old 257 WTBY.

I like the idea of the 20in barrel on the .223 for ease of moving thru the brush and the sporter weight barrel so i am not carrying my 26in full bull .220 swift that i originally built for coyote hunting. One season carrying that heavy sucker and it got retired to prairie dogs and rock chucks from a stationary position.

Thanks for asking for input I cant wait to see what u come up with....
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:31 PM
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Re: Snowy Mountain Rifles wants your input on ideal walking varmint rifle

Nick, I ordered my stock in snow call and had the metal defaulted in flat black to start. I have since had the stock painted a medium Brown. I will send a pic to the number you have listed. I can't post pics from my phone, if you want to post it on here that is fine. glad to see Jason is using a defiance action now.
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:23 PM
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Re: Snowy Mountain Rifles wants your input on ideal walking varmint rifle

1. 6.5 Grendel-freebored .225"
2. 1-9
3.#3
4. 20"
5. multiple-85 gr. Sie Varminter, and 123 gr. Lapua, SMK, and A-max
6. light laminate
7. Standard laminate, we can paint as needed
8. Side sling studs cut in cup style. and a bipod stud on the bottom.
9. Timney sportsman would suffice, but a Jewell or Geissle would be nicer. Huber also makes a really nice trigger.

The first qualifier here to me is "WALKING" varminter. That means as light as you can get to carry around while doing something else. I grew up farming out on the edge of the desert and often I would take the .22 along in case something needed dispatching. Problem was, it didn't have the range I liked. That meant packing the .222 Savage 340 that my dad had. It was a brick. And, still lacked the punch I sometimes wanted. So a slight upping of power, but still maintaining my minimal weight requirements.

I chose this cartridge as I like long range ballistics, even from a small light gun. But, at the same time I also like to shoot a little bullet as fast as I can. This twist (1-9") does well with both bullet choices. I've done this with two AR's. If you want something common, go into the store and buy it, i.e. .223, .22-250. This is a custom, make it so. The short medium weight sporter is the best way to stiffen a barrel I can think of. Also, this being a bolt gun does not have the gas issues an AR does. The bullets themselves are light. If you want to bring along a couple hundred it won't weigh anything near what full power rounds weigh, much like the .223.
The light laminate stock is chosen as they will maintain strength as we find places to add or whittle off the weight. Again, 'walking varminter' means going about, and you need a light rifle, not a 'dedicated, set up shop over your prime varmint real estate' kind of rifle. They can be painted and no one cares, strip it off and paint it for the next season. And, my sling stud style is so I'm not getting poked in the back while packing it around slung.

As it is a walking varminter, I'd like to not have a super hair trigger. But, still have one that is fine enough to pull easy. I have several Timney's and they all work very well in this regard. A
Jewell or Geissle would be nicer. Huber also makes a really nice trigger. If those could be fitted they would be an option.

There is often so many choices it's hard to nail it down to one thing. But, that is how I'd set my one-all/do-all 'walking varmint' rifle up.

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Old 12-21-2012, 09:58 PM
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Re: Snowy Mountain Rifles wants your input on ideal walking varmint rifle

Geb,
My 2 cents. To me "walking rifle" makes weight the single most important factor. When I "walk" i cover a few miles and a 10lb rifle is UNSAT. I carried some 10 pounders when I was younger....I refuse to now. My walking rifle for coyotes, hogs, deer, bear, etc. is a Browning Xbolt composite stainless stalker in .243 cal...... 6lbs 5oz. I even have to have a light weight scope Leupold VX3..... 15oz 4.5x14 scope. This is the lightest combo I've seen yet that shoots under moa. Also, all walking rifles need a light weight sling.

My ground squirrel "walking rifle" is a .22 rimfire.

I've got other rifles for shooting from vehicle tailgates, stands, porches, benches etc.

MW
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