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Old 01-31-2014, 09:41 AM
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I m some what limited to prairie dog shooting but over the years have shot a few varmints common out in the western plains area. Some what the power of the scopes used matches the range , bullet path of the cartridge being used. Leupold 6.5-20 AO scopes are mounted on the 243 and 220 Swift rifles. Leupold 6-18 AO scopes are on 223 ,204 Ruger, and 17 Fireball rifles. Burris 4.5-14 AO scopes are mounted on 17 Rem, and 17 HMR rifles. A Burris 4-16 AO scope is on a 221 Fireball rifle. Leupold 4-12 AO scopes are on 17 HM2 and 17 Hornet rifles. I have a few other brand lower cost scopes Weaver, Browning, and Simmons. I got a new Nikon Monarch 4-16 AO scope to try out . Years ago I put Leupold scopes on my big game rifles , never had a problem with them so I end up using them on most of my varmint rifles. But I have not had a problem the other brands that I have. Most of the time there seams to be some wind where I shoot , I don't like missing so I don't do much shooting at prairie dogs over 400 yards even with the 220 Swift and 243 Win rifles. My favorite scope is the Leupold VX-II 6-18 X40 MM AO scope for prairie dog shooting...
I like Leupolds but they're so expensive and it seems you can get a better scope for the same price. Don't think I won't buy another Leupold, but for the money, I'm liking the Vortex scopes. I want to try out the new Vortex HS-T 6-24x50, my next light varmint rifle may have a 6.5-20x50 Vortex Viper topped on it.
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Re: Favorite Varmint Cartridge

Anyone have any experience with a 6mmBR Remington or 6x45? Thought about building one of these for 0-300yd shots and shooting 75gr V-MAXs in it.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:41 AM
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Re: Favorite Varmint Cartridge

Jud 96: What muzzle velocity will you get out of the 6MM wildcat rifles ? For years I v reloaded Hornady 75 GR HP in my accurate 243 Win rifle w/ Leupold 6.5 - 20 X AO scope. I shoot prairie dogs at 400 yards with it. The little 223 Rem -6 MM case may not give you the bullet velocity need for shooting at 300 yards but I don't know much about wild cat rounds.
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Jud 96: What muzzle velocity will you get out of the 6MM wildcat rifles ? For years I v reloaded Hornady 75 GR HP in my accurate 243 Win rifle w/ Leupold 6.5 - 20 X AO scope. I shoot prairie dogs at 400 yards with it. The little 223 Rem -6 MM case may not give you the bullet velocity need for shooting at 300 yards but I don't know much about wild cat rounds.
The 6x45 will push 75s close to 3000fps. A 6mmBR Remington will launch those 75s near 3200fps. This should be plenty for out to 300yd shots.
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Anyone have any experience with a 6mmBR Remington or 6x45? Thought about building one of these for 0-300yd shots and shooting 75gr V-MAXs in it.
I have a 6BR....i love it! It's such a sweet round. Just make sure you go with a 1:8 twist barrel. For the 6BR a 1:10 twist will shoot the 75gr but is too slow to stabilize the heavier bullets (90+) with it. And the if you're looking for splat effect, it's not really gonna happen with it the 6BR. I am gonna switch mine to 95gr Berger Hybrids When the weather breaks.
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I have a 6BR....i love it! It's such a sweet round. Just make sure you go with a 1:8 twist barrel. For the 6BR a 1:10 twist will shoot the 75gr but is too slow to stabilize the heavier bullets (90+) with it. And the if you're looking for splat effect, it's not really gonna happen with it the 6BR. I am gonna switch mine to 95gr Berger Hybrids When the weather breaks.
I really like this little cartridge. I honestly would make it a 1:10 twist to stabilize the 75gr V-MAXs the best and maybe some 87grainers. I would like to launch 75s at 3200fps and an 87gr at 3000fps. I may look into the little 65gr V-MAXs for the splat factor and I plan to shoot under 300yds with it so BC doesn't matter to much. If I make it strictly for 65s I will make it a 1:12 twist though.
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