Re: Snowy Mountain Rifles wants your input on ideal walking varmint rifle
So here is what I’m noticing from everybody’s input. It seems the 22 cal bullets are preferred but in a larger case capacity than the .223 gives, and the 22-250 seems to be the most popular so far with the 243 and 223 a tie for second. The 6mm bullets also are popular but cartridge wise are split between a few different cartridges. Bullet weights for the 22 cal run from 55-75 grains so the barrel should be twisted appropriately to stabilize the heavier bullets. By far the most requested barrel length is 24”. The barrel should be slightly heavier than a sporter weight barrel but not overly heavy like on a tactical type rifle. A Krieger #4 Heavy sporter seems to fit the bill and is close in contour to other contours requested. Fluting seems to also be highly requested.
For the stock, I am seeing a lot of requests for a stock shape with a narrower forend, and a normal sporter type grip is also the favorite. Being that we would like to build this rifle to suit all sorts, I would like to stay away from stocks with cast-off or shadowline cheeks so the lefty shooters (such as my wife) can also feel comfortable with it. The McMillan Remington Varmint stock has a 2” forend and trim grip. The HTG would also be a nice stock along with the Manners MCS-T. An adjustable cheek is a huge benefit on these stocks so I am happy to see many of you have requested such a feature. Colors seem to be a desert oriented type with accompanying color on the metal. Two studs is pretty much the norm up front and one in the rear.
Here is what I’m coming up with based these parameters:
Bullet: 55-75 grain
Contour: Benchmark barrel for Krieger #4 Heavy Sporter, fluted.
Stock: Manners MCS-TA with lightest fill, Inlet for SMR 3600 action and PTG BDL hardware, two bipod studs in front one in the rear. LOP set for 13.25”.
Color: Molded in desert sage
I’ll get a quote worked up on this and get an ESTIMATED price posted. Thank you to everybody that posted. I think these specs will make a fine walking varminter. We’ll get things ordered this week.