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.