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Old 03-26-2010, 05:37 PM
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Walking Varminter?

Hello, I've been using a tikka t3 in 22.250 for all of my coyote hunting, and have got the itch to build a custom walking varmint rifle in .223. My shots are short enough that the 22.250 is really to much gun. What do you think of this blueprint?

Sako L461 vixen action- scrounged from a beat up donor rifle
Rock creek No. 1 contour, 18.5 inch barrel- can this be fluted?
McMillan Compact Edge stock
Leupold 2-7 compact
Cerakote all metal
and a Jewell trigger

I think it might weigh around 5lbs or less with scope

Any way thats the plan, shoot any holes in it if you see a problem
any input is good, thanks!
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Old 03-27-2010, 05:07 AM
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Re: Walking Varminter?

My perfect walking varminter is as follows:

Cooper in 223 w/EZ-Pull 'TriggerAssist'
Leupold Mk4 8.5x25x50 w/'ScopeLevel'
Tallest Harris swivel bipod(~27") w/PodLok
Rear 'Accu-Shot' monopod
Jayner 50gr FB bullets
Been carrying a click card for load/expected conditions, and Leica 1200LRF

This is a solid 500yd 1/2moa system thats light to carry, cheaper, faster, easier than your build direction(including gunsmithing/risk).
I coated the Cooper barrel with Brownells GunCote(bake on).
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Old 03-27-2010, 12:00 PM
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Re: Walking Varminter?

These are my two favorite "walking varmint" rifles; both are the old Weatherby Varmintmasters 26. one in a .224 Wby Mag; the other was a .22 250 re-barreled to a 6XC The 6XC is dog killing machine on a windy day at long range.
Weatherby Mk V Varmintmaster 22.250

One of the standby rifles I have is a M760 in .223 Rem... This one is pretty nice for waling fields and quick snap shots.
Remington Gamemaster 760 .223 cal.

And last would be my M700 .22 GTO mainly for cartridge which I designed.... many years ago for Yote hunting and AR heavy .22 bullet usage.
.22 GTO

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Old 03-27-2010, 06:34 PM
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Re: Walking Varminter?

As far as factory rifles I think the LVSF is damn hard to beat for a walk around killer..I've owned or own the 308,221FB,223,22-250 and they all shoot well,handle nice and look good doing it
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:04 PM
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Re: Walking Varminter?

Thanks for the replies! They all sound like good ideas. Ill look into the coopers, and though the weatherby's are tempting, they're abit to big for what i have in mind. The .22 gto looks like a lot of work i don't handload, but how fast is it? thanks for the input fellas!
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:38 PM
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Re: Walking Varminter?

Well... the Weatherby {.224 Why Mag and 22.250} Varmintmasters are the "older miniature action" rifles version discontinued these day's; they are much, much smaller than they are today... in {Wbys} Varmint and Big Game version rifles. As for the .22 GTO cartridges; it's about 300 fps faster than the .223 Rem, in all .22 cal bullet weights.
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:47 AM
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Re: Walking Varminter?

My inventory is one of my AR15 M4, or varmint when I'm lazy. By the way, wouldn't a trigger assist on Cooper sort of be an insult ?
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