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Unread 01-05-2017, 02:39 PM
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New Varmint Build

Gents,

I'm wanting to build a new varmint gun mostly for prairie dogs, a yote or 2 and shooting steel. I've always wanted a .220 swift that that's what I'm thinking (I already have a 22-250 so drop it). I want something very flat and fast so I'm thinking 1-14" or 1-12" twist to shoot little bullets fast. I'm not planning on using turrets, just hold over. Most of the varmint shooting I do is 400 yds or closer. I'm a lefty so I'm looking for suggestions on an action (I want a SS remington 700 but can't find a left hand). Also any reason I would need a different chambering or a long aciton?

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    Unread 01-05-2017, 05:10 PM
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    Re: New Varmint Build

    The BC is so bad on 22 cal that a 220 swift is of very little advantage once you get out there 200 + yards over a 22-250. I owned a 26 inch 22-250 for many years of varminting.

    I now use a 243 win 26 inch because of the added Horse Power. An 80 grain spbt varmint bullet starting at 3500 fps just tears up small critters
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    Unread 01-05-2017, 05:32 PM
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    Re: New Varmint Build

    22br or 22 dasher 3700 52gn br or 3900 with the dasher with better accuracy and brass than a swift. If 4000 fps is needed shoot the 40 grn pills in the br
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    Unread 01-05-2017, 05:58 PM
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    Re: New Varmint Build

    I think a 22x47 Lapua would fit the bill really well. That is taking the 6.5x47 Lapua and necking it down to 22 cal. I know reamers and dies are readily available....Would be almost the same as the 22 dasher.
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    Unread 01-06-2017, 09:51 AM
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    Re: New Varmint Build

    Of the 22x47 lapua, 22 dasher, and 22 br which would be the easiest to make/get brass for? Also how do the 3 compare ballistically?
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    Unread 01-07-2017, 09:41 AM
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    Re: New Varmint Build

    20 cal sumthing.......

    factory.....204 Ruger....Tikka.....Savage........Sako.......

    wildcat.....20 Vartarg......20-222.......20 Practical......

    hotrod wildcats.......20BR..........or...........

    shoot a 20 cal a summer in the p/dog fields...

    you'll put your 22-250 in the back of the safe......
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    Unread 01-07-2017, 02:35 PM
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    Re: New Varmint Build

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    Originally Posted by Armed in Utah View Post
    20 cal sumthing.......

    factory.....204 Ruger....Tikka.....Savage........Sako.......

    wildcat.....20 Vartarg......20-222.......20 Practical......

    hotrod wildcats.......20BR..........or...........

    shoot a 20 cal a summer in the p/dog fields...

    you'll put your 22-250 in the back of the safe......
    When I go hunting with friends who carry 17, 19, 20's Us with the 6mm and larger rifles tell them to take care of all the critters up close! :lol
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