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Old 07-02-2011, 11:07 PM
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Re: Caliber of choice for PD/RC

204 Ruger
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223 AI (multiple rifles - 1:7 to 1:12 twist)
Super Duece (222 magnum AI) - I use 204 Ruger brass necked up to 22 caliber - 80 gr Amax at 3100 out of a 27" Shilen Select Match heavy sporter/light varmint profile
22/6mm AI - 75 gr Amax at 3650 to 3950 in 1:8 twist barrel

All but one rifle is built on Savage or Stevens actions.

Most devasting - 22/6mm AI.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:11 AM
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Re: Caliber of choice for PD/RC

Mine is a slow mover compared to you guys, but gets the job done. First kill on the year is 630yds. 45.0grn RL15, 210M, RWS brass, 175 Custom Comps at 2792fps. Use a Lothar Walther 1:12, on Savage action with B&C A2. .308 Winny. Vortex Viper 6.5-20x44





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Old 07-05-2011, 08:49 AM
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The biggest problem I've seen with a 308 and heavy target 175s is recoil...cost...barrel heat...and the bullets will skip or ricochet and long way before stopping...bad even in the areas where we shoot p/dogs...I know....I had a 300 Win set up for LR p/dogs for a while...a LR 6mm such as the 6XC with 80 gr NBTs is the cat's meow.....the 87 V's are good too...but my 8 twist will spin the jackets off.......
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:06 PM
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Re: Caliber of choice for PD/RC

I like the .243, 105 gr. Hornaday A-Max, 43 gr.Hybrid 100 in my 1in 8 MGM barrel.





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Old 06-06-2013, 01:42 PM
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Well I reckon I should wade into this stew pot. while visiting kin and friends out in Vermont I brought along two of my favorite varminters. 17 Rem and 22LR. My 22-250 had not been finished as of my date of departure. I do wish I could have had that gun out there. The coyotes and wolves were absolutely infesting the back pasture after day one of shooting. Randy, with a little help from me, cleared the back pasture of cows and the two bulls. we marked off yardages to the treeline. the next morning we started shooting. the 'Chucks were thick, oblivious, and coming in close to us. My 22LR got 90% of the shooting the first day. the second I had to switch to my 17 Rem. the 'Chucks got "smarter" and did not come in under 100 yards. the second day we had many more shooters camoed up at the "shooting line" Water troughs.
the third day we had no shots under 250 yards. the 17 Rem took most every Chuck I shot at out with one shot. I got one out at 400+ I am not sure the exact yardage but it was a one shot kill. I was using 25 grain V-max over 24.3 grains of H-Varget, #7 Remington BR primers, benchrest prepped R-P brass at 4100 FPS. Randy was shooting a 22-250 AI, Match prepped Lapua brass, 50 grain V-max over a healthy amount of H-380 and Federal Match LR primers. Jim was shooting a 243 Win, Winchester Prepped brass, 65 grain V-max, 47.9 Grains of H-414 at 3740 FPS.
My 22LR is a custom built 10-22 clone with a "stock" look. I have a Sundance arms receiver, Green Mountain .920" fluted bull barrel, stock guts and a hogged out barrel channel on a Ruger stock. it keeps sub .375" at 100 yards with Remington Golden bullet 22LR's. the scope is a 3-9 X 40MM Redfield ranging held on by a steel rail and SRW Leupold rings. My 17 Rem is the very last Rem 700 VS off the line from Remnigton. 26" bull barrel, Target crown, topped off with 6.5-20 X 50MM VX-3 Leupold Varmint Hunters Reticle. I adjusted the trigger to a very nice 1.25#. the rings and bases are Leupold Weaver style. I hand lapped the rings for the scope.
Randy's gun is something I and another gunsmith built for him. the action is a Winchester 70 trued up, 29" Lilja 3 groove heavy varmint barrel, Badger Ord base, Badger Ord rings, Nightforce 8-32X56MM NXS with lit reticle. Holland brake, the stock is a High Country Tech., the trigger is a varmint Jewell.
Jim's gun as far as I could see was made by the same gunsmith with the same components. I must admit that this 243 was the first 243/6MM that could keep under an 2" at 100 yards. I have had very bad luck with 6MM guns.
I do not know how to post pictures here.
as for techniques.. I am more of a coyote, wolf and predator shooter. so my best advice is to learn from someone else on techniques. I would however like to let you in on a bit of an anomaly.. I had my coyote calls out there and for giggles I used my squirrel bark on the 5th or 6th day and the wood chucks were curious about it. they thought it was a challenge and it got them out in a herd and they responded. it was weird. it also was the demise of about 25 of them that day. just saying it was weird and it worked. Every evening I was there and was able to shoot in that pasture I used cotton tail in distress, raspy jackrabbit in distress, mouse squeaker and challenge/territorial calls to bring in coyotes and wolves. I will keep that knowledge in the back of my head for when I move back to the Northeast.
I hope this helps you in some way.
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:43 PM
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Re: Caliber of choice for PD/RC

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Well I reckon I should wade into this stew pot. while visiting kin and friends out in Vermont I brought along two of my favorite varminters. 17 Rem and 22LR. My 22-250 had not been finished as of my date of departure. I do wish I could have had that gun out there. The coyotes and wolves were absolutely infesting the back pasture after day one of shooting. Randy, with a little help from me, cleared the back pasture of cows and the two bulls. we marked off yardages to the treeline. the next morning we started shooting. the 'Chucks were thick, oblivious, and coming in close to us. My 22LR got 90% of the shooting the first day. the second I had to switch to my 17 Rem. the 'Chucks got "smarter" and did not come in under 100 yards. the second day we had many more shooters camoed up at the "shooting line" Water troughs.
the third day we had no shots under 250 yards. the 17 Rem took most every Chuck I shot at out with one shot. I got one out at 400+ I am not sure the exact yardage but it was a one shot kill. I was using 25 grain V-max over 24.3 grains of H-Varget, #7 Remington BR primers, benchrest prepped R-P brass at 4100 FPS. Randy was shooting a 22-250 AI, Match prepped Lapua brass, 50 grain V-max over a healthy amount of H-380 and Federal Match LR primers. Jim was shooting a 243 Win, Winchester Prepped brass, 65 grain V-max, 47.9 Grains of H-414 at 3740 FPS.
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I found your comment on the .17 Remington cartridge to be very interesting. I shot; a .17 Remington for many years going after Chucks and Yotes.. It's a super little rifle for urban farm land. Your remark on the distance was spot on with what I found with my load and rifle; Remington M700 24" Sporter weight barrel.. 25gr Remington HP (which can no longer sold by Remington..damn! ), Remington case, Remington 7 1/2 BR primer, and 22.8grs of V V's N-135 this gave me dead nuts on vel's of 4040 fps... in fact I couldn't tell whether I was shooting factory Remington's, (which also states 4040 fps) loads or mine, and the factory Remington load was a one hole load in my rifle.
As for distance; yep from 0 to 400 yards, it was crazy good.. at about 401 yards it's like the chuck slipped on a Kevlar vest.
Well anyway; your experience with it was interested.
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:03 PM
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Re: Caliber of choice for PD/RC

436,
If you still have the little 17 Rem. I would suggest the V-max slugs. If I ever have the 17 rebarreled; I will go with a 1:10 twist rather than the 1:9 twist. second option; I will work up a load for the 30 grain Berger HPBT's. which reminds me; the 400+ yard shots were done with the 30 grain Varmint Berger slugs. 26.7 grains of H-414 moving the slugs at 3800 FPS to 3825 FPS. depending on the heat of the day. the hotter the day got the faster the 30 grainer would fly out to 400 yards.
breathe slow, shoot slow, hit often.
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