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Old 01-22-2014, 05:03 PM
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When I was 14 I worked my butt off at local farms to save enough for a model 12 Savage in 22-250. I remember handing my dad the cash as he signed for the rifle. Topped it off with a simmons 6-18X50. It shot one hole groups with winchester supreme 50gr ballistic silvertips. I pretty much shot anything I could get in the crosshairs. Anything from birds, to coyotes, to deer. That rifle has more memories than anything in my safe. It dropped a deer at 494yds. I took the shot because somebody said I could never make it. Boy, were they wrong. That was a long time ago. But I still love that rifle.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:47 PM
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Re: Favorite Varmint Cartridge

I have 3 rifles that I like for varmints. .224 Vais shoots 80gr. JLK AT 3605fps. .243AI 105 Bergers @3170fps. .257 Weatherby built on a trued Remington. It shoots 115 gr. Bergers @3325fps. All three shoot good. The limiting factor is the operator. The Vais has killed 2 wolves.
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:49 PM
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Re: Favorite Varmint Cartridge

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When I was 14 I worked my butt off at local farms to save enough for a model 12 Savage in 22-250. I remember handing my dad the cash as he signed for the rifle. Topped it off with a simmons 6-18X50. It shot one hole groups with winchester supreme 50gr ballistic silvertips. I pretty much shot anything I could get in the crosshairs. Anything from birds, to coyotes, to deer. That rifle has more memories than anything in my safe. It dropped a deer at 494yds. I took the shot because somebody said I could never make it. Boy, were they wrong. That was a long time ago. But I still love that rifle.
I earned my Remington 700 .243 varmint rifle through hard work also. Worked at the machine shop my Dad works at this past summer and saved up for a couple long range rigs that included my .243 and .308 Norma Mag. I was fortunate enough to earn enough to top my .243 with a nice Leupold. I believe the rifles that you work long and hard for are the most significant and memorable, next to hand me downs from family and ones that my Dad has bought me.
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Old 01-23-2014, 04:22 PM
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I have 3 rifles that I like for varmints. .224 Vais shoots 80gr. JLK AT 3605fps. .243AI 105 Bergers @3170fps. .257 Weatherby built on a trued Remington. It shoots 115 gr. Bergers @3325fps. All three shoot good. The limiting factor is the operator. The Vais has killed 2 wolves.
Wow! Sounds like you have a wide range of varmints slayers! I bet that .224 Vais burns barrels fast, an 80 at 3650 is fast! Those .243 AIs are sweet, I really like the sharp looks of the Ackley cartridges. Their performance is a nice boost to the standard ballistics. If I go to a .243 AI I plan on shooting 87gr V-MAXs in it, those things will be launched close to 3400fps! That added horsepower comes with obvious cons like barrel life and fireforming, but it would sure be interesting to have one.
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:36 AM
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Re: Favorite Varmint Cartridge

I started shooting prairie dogs in 1949 with a 22 RF rifle and had a 4 X scope mounted on it in 1949. Because of the limited bullet energy and accuracy of my scope sited 22 RF rifle I limited my shots out to about 75 yards. I don't recall just when I started looking for a perfect cartridge for shooting prairie dogs or the one that would become my favorite. But so fare I have shot them with 17 HM2, 17 HMR, 17 Fireball, 17 Rem, 204 Ruger, 22 RF ,22 WMR, 22 Hornet, 221 Fireball, 222 Rem, 223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, 220 Swift, 243 Win, and some big game rifles. Got a new CZ Varmint 17 Hornet rifle that I ll be useing this coming spring. The 17 Hornet could be the one with its low muzzle blast and recoil. With 10 Gr of powder it puts out a 20 Gr bullet at 3,600 ft/sec. If I get my reloads to shoot 1/2 inch or less 100 yard five shot groups, I ll like it. I don't know that I have a favorite cartridge but I have enjoyed shooting all of my prairie dog rifles. My accurate 204 Ruger varmint weight rifle is not my favorite but if I could have only one p dog rifle it would be chambered for the 204 Ruger cartridge.
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:39 AM
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Re: Favorite Varmint Cartridge

I used to shoot targets with a couple of the guys from Best of the West and they did some work on it for me. At that time it was the flattest shooting cartridge they had ever run through their computer program. (.224 Vais) I don't know about barrel life as I haven't shot it out yet and I use the .243 AI now for wolves most of the time.
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:48 AM
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Re: Favorite Varmint Cartridge

The same friend that has the .243SLR has a .270WSM necked down to .25 and it is working good too. He is a P-DOG shooter and has killed 2 at 1900 yds with it. He claims to have killed one at 2200 but it wasn't confirmed so he is still working on that. He says it is getting the same performance as a .257 Weatherby. I haven't seen it chronographed but he hasn't lied about such things before so I believe him.
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