.19 Badger, Anyone?

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by Kevin Rohrer, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

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    I am going to create a stable of PD rifles, and one of the calibers I am looking at is James Calhoon's .19 Badger. My primary focus right now is for QUIET, 200-yard rifles (also probably getting a .17 Fireball and .204 Ruger) for use on PDs at <200-yards, so they don't get spooked.

    Anyone have any experience w/ this caliber and can comment on the noise level, accuracy, wind-bucking ability, and bore dirtiness? And what powders do you recommend?

    I am cross-posting this message in several gun sites as I don't think it's a popular round.
     
  2. Rimfire

    Rimfire Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure the 19 would work fine, I have shot a variety of 17's and 20's with good results.

    For 200 yards with low noise, and little cleaning a 22 K Hornet would be a good choice also. My 22 mag. would be the ticket on calm days, It just doesn't have enough ass for out G-Hogs.
     

  3. Greg Duerr

    Greg Duerr Well-Known Member

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    I had my CZ 527 22 Hornet converted to the .19 Badger............... I also wanted a quiet round and I did find that in the .19
    I shoot 17.6 gr. of AA 2200 but some guys like AA 1680 The 32 gr does about 3550-3600, which makes it a 300 yard round. Calhoon does a great job fitting my Rifle with a Pac Nor Super Match barrel. I find myself shooting this rifle over my .243 AI most of the time. VV 130 is suppose to work to.............
    As soon as I fill my Antelope tag I plan on working toward the most accurate load for my .19 Badger.

    James at www.jamescalhoon.com is a great guy to talk to and he a all information..........................

    Greg
     
  4. strombeckj

    strombeckj Well-Known Member

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    Kevin,

    Go to www.sabuier.com there's a lot more knowledge there about the small calibers.

    Jon
     
  5. Alaska_Seth

    Alaska_Seth Well-Known Member

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    I am an Alaska resident, and Dad is a Wyoming resident.

    Wyoming does not have as generous of laws concerning moderators/silencers as Alaska.

    If I was to move to Wyoming full time I'd build a 17 Fireball on a 28 inch #7 in a big right bolt left port single shot action just to shoot pasture poodles with.

    If we could kill as many ground squirrels as we wanted to in Alaska I would probably just build a 20 inch #5 moderated barreled rifle as a repeater.

    Of course rodents in Alaska are to be treated as game, and you either have to salvage the meat or the hide.

    19 Badger is cool though, but what happens when Calhoon shuts down production of his bullets?
     
  6. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

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    That is a legitimate concern; I don't want to be stuck w/ an orphan rifle.

    Since posting the original message, I bought a Ruger #1 in .204 Ruger and plan to get a Cooper in .221FB rather than the Badger. The FB cartridge will be plenty quiet and good out to 200-yards. And bullets and brass will always be available.
     
  7. strombeckj

    strombeckj Well-Known Member

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    If your going with a Cooper I would get the .20Vartag since they chamber for it. It is one of the most efficient caliber's available.

    Jon