Vartarg Question

Discussion in 'Small Stuff--22s, 20s, and 17s' started by Mark McMahon, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. Mark McMahon

    Mark McMahon Silver $$ Contributor

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    I have a Bartlein 20 cal barrel 10 twist, would make a good barrel for the 20 vartarg?
     
  2. Evan

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    Yes. :D Vartarg is the answer to every 20 caliber question, and many 22 questions too.
     
  3. johnfred1965

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    What He said!!:)
     
  4. hunter67

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    +1 on post 2
     
  5. JIANDAO

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    Vartarg rocks...Adam Bentley is the smith to contact
     
  6. K9TXS

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    Most folks use a 12 twist barrel. I just had two rifles rebarreled by Pac-Nor and went to the 11 twist barrel so I could use a little heavier bullet. Your 10 twist should work out great, especially for 40 grainers.
     
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  7. Evan

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    I have a 9 twist. It shoots 40s fantastically! I have some 55gn to try, just haven't yet. Them being discontinued took the wind out of my sails.
     
  8. shoot4fun

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    Well, I fell for the Vartarg once. I read all the hype, perused the load data showing fantastic efficiency and jumped on the band wagon.
    Then I started looking for those velocity numbers everyone claimed. Couldn't even get close. The barrel was a great shooter but vartarg just wouldn't move like I thought it should've. It became the best shooting, most awesome bullet slinging, 204 Ruger I ever owned. Oh, that solved the velocity issue!
     
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  9. Evan

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    I can tell you why you were disappointed: you used a chronograph! Folks claiming big numbers are being silly. It's very efficient but it doesn't break the rules of the universe. It's like the guys claiming the 6.5x47 can match a 260 Remington. Simply not true; 10 grains of powder is A LOT of difference in velocity. But just as in this case, the smaller cartridge seems to shoot more consistently accurate with less effort.

    I don't care how fast it shoots them, cause they make it to 300yards with plenty of oomph left and similar drift and drop as my 22-250 running 50 vmax at a moderate 3500fps. Mine shoots superbly accurate at that distance with 1" being an obtainable goal and most days yield at least one sub 0.5" group.
     
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  10. hunter67

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    I am at 150 rds down the tube on my VT. I shoot 34gr dogtowns as they are cheap and they shoot. I screened it for the first time this week and averaged 3636 fps. I will take that with 18.5 grs powder and great accuracy.
     
  11. DogBuster

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    been running a Vartarg for 12 years now.........although a 12 twist.....

    still a favorite.....was a 204R in previous chamber

    [​IMG]
     
  12. shoot4fun

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    Looking at where the biggest VT fans live makes it appear the efficiency of the VT can provide speed as well IF you are out West.
    There is a big difference in the abilities of rounds like VT and the 17 Ackley Hornet at high altitudes than here at 400' ASL. I love my 17AH but wish I had waited that one year so I could have done mine in 17HH.
     
  13. steve123

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    Sometimes you just get a slow barrel or for whatever reason the brass won't hold up and shows pressure sooner.

    Just for reference with my 20-221 AI I'm at 3735 fps with 32 vmax out of a 21" 11 twist. This is with 18.8 grains of H4198 and is a medium load.
     
  14. Tom Blue

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    I use a PacNor 10 twist barrel and am very happy with results with both 32 and 40 grain bullets.
     

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