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Long range Varmint Rifle/Calibre

19 Sep 2012
@ 08:15 am (GMT)

Ian Dingo

Hey Everyone,

Well it's time to start looking into getting a long range outfit for taking Rabbits, Foxes Cats etc. at extended ranges beyond the limit of my .22 Hornet.

What would your suggestions be for Calibre and Rifle ( I already have the scope)

I'm hoping that there will be something in the 22 family (22-250, 220 swift etc) that will fill the bill or perhaps a .204 Ruger.

Thanks in advance, Ian


20 Sep 2012
@ 12:31 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Long range Varmint Rifle/Calibre
I have to admit, I am not much of a varminter myself. My favorite varminting combo for a while was a .270 with my 150 grain deer bullet. Hopeless eh, but good practice all the same.

At the moment, I am tricking up a CZ Ebony in .223 for a varmint hunter, seems to be a nice rifle. I haven't found anything dodgy about it, a lot of hard work seems to have gone into it.

I think barrel twist rate is the big issue Ian. The longer you want to shoot, the more twist rate you need so that you can utilize high BC bullets in the .224" caliber. If you shop around, you'll see that twist rates vary a big deal from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Much depends on how far you want to shoot, I was talking to a guy recently who uses his 6mm to 700 yards on rabbits. Other guys like to push the .223 with fast twist rates and A-Max bullets out to those ranges. If you limit shots to 350-400 yards, it opens the selection up a bit wider, you can look a .22 centerfire with a 1:12 twist barrel and 50-55 grain bullets.

So thats where I would start, work out your intended range (determines case capacity / power required), work out the type of projectiles you'll need to get out to that range and then choose a suitable twist rate for those projectiles.
20 Sep 2012
@ 10:24 am (GMT)

Jim Moseley

Re: Long range Varmint Rifle/Calibre
I agree with Nathan on the .223. A 24-26 inch barrel with a twist rate to stabilize a 75 gr A-max. You gain the benefit of a 600 yd range and a bullet that is economic and easy to reload. Another great benefit will be the ability to gain the "on the job training" in learning "how to read the wind and mirage"! If you can hit a rabbit at 500-600 yds, just thing how easy it will be to hit a deer! This will easily carry over to your long range hunting on big game confidence. Good luck!
21 Sep 2012
@ 03:46 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Long range Varmint Rifle/Calibre
You pretty much nailed it Jim. I was talking to Im2Lazy (forum poster) yesterday, his current set up is a .223 Tikka which has a factory twist of 1:8. He has been using the 75gr A-Max.

Other folk will have their preferences as far as power level goes but twist rate is something to keep in mind throughout the process.


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