Discussion in 'Varminter & Hunting Forum' started by Tommie, Sep 3, 2016.
17WSM 204 ruger 22-250 & 243 I also bring a couple of 220 Swifts. I live 1000 miles to the nearest dog town so I bring a lot of fire power & stay for a week.
I cant imagine recommending anything but a 223 or 22-250 for a guy not loading his own ammo. He can get ammo at any store. Add a 17hmr in there for the 100yd shots.
Modern factory gear (including laser rangefinders and empirically calibrated ballistic apps) is so good that I’d skip the short range shots and just use two rifles/cartridges, for example, a 204R for medium distance and a 6mm creedmoor for long. Very accurate factory ammo is available for both. But to each his/her own!
Its been close to two decades since I've been PD hunting but the last time I went out I ran:
My buddy ran:
.30-06 (he's into overkill)
Here’s another vote for 223, fiochi 40 grain are incredibly accurate for factory ammo. Also always bring 22-250 white box Winchester also works well. I wouldn’t shoot much over 40 grain bullets in factory twist though.
If it is for someone, as you describe in the original question, then keep the three choices as 17 HMR, 204R and a 223R or 22-250R. All can be bought pretty easy at most gun shops or on-line and will do a very good job at 99 % of the varmints hunted. (This is factory ammo, as you mention)
I'm O-L-D School, and I reload (who can afford factory ammunition?); so here are my three.
1. 223, out to 250 yards.
2. 220 Swift, out to 500 yards.
3. My wildcat, the 6.5-284; as far as I can see them.
The Swift and 6.5-284 would have fast twist barrels, the Swift with a 7" to use those wicked Berger 90gr: and the 7.5" twist in the the 6.5-284 for the 140gr
Easy answer - 223, 223, and 223 using the same load for all three so that the trajectory and wind drift are the same, it will help making hits. If you are in a good shooting PD town you have one to shoot while the barrel is cooling down on the other one.
I like the 17 HMR but I have seen too many PD's crawl off with hits from it. If there is the possibility of some gopher shooting then I would take a 17 HMR and two 223's.
Any combination of 223R and 204R. Both mild recoil and capible of shooting any distance the new guys would capible of. A 22 cal 50 grain Vmax is the devastating thing I have ever seen hit a prairie dawg, I have shot 17 to 25 calibers for the last couple decades.
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