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Question by Del in KS. Uploaded on June 16, 2009
Rifle-Bolt-action in a .223.(Savage,Winchester,Browning)
Bolt accuracy. .223 cause of "cheap" ammo, varity of types. Plus it would'nt "burn up" a barrel like a .22-250.
Oh, I left you "two" under your "stupid question" a couple of pages back.
I lean toward the .22-250 for a few sensible reasons: because it provides fine performance for the reloading dollar, because praiseworthy factory rifles (and admirable limited production and custom rifles) are chambered for the cartridge, because its popularity assures availability wherever "varmint rifle" is spoken. Larger calibers, more powerful options, certainly exist but the .22-250 will deliver handsomely. Yes, the .225 Winchester and .220 Swift are excellent choices, but brass for these cartridges is more expensive and/or less easily available and they offer no significant performance advantage over the .22-250. Loaded intelligently, the .22-250 is not difficult on barrels; my Rem 700 has >4,400 rounds down the tube and still delivers gratifyingly good accuracy. I know others might disagree, but I'm trying to be objective.
I have rifles chambered for five .22 centerfire cartridges, but I reach for the .22-250 more often than any of the others (.22 Hornet, .222 Rem., .223, .225 Win and .22-250). I've owned and sold a .220 Swift, .222 Rem Mag and .221 Fireball.
All performed acceptably well (though I'm not particularly fond of the .22 Hornet) but the .22-250 cartridge gets more attention on my reloading bench, with the .223 a close second.
Ruger 77/22 KHornet. When you shoot your still looking at your target or whats left of it. No recoil. Hand loading fun because its fussy on the charge, a .1 of a grain changes pressure and velocity. You can shoot it for a month and use only one Krugerand.
Actually my first prairie dog gun was a 25-06 in a custom 98 Mauser. That was the first big rifle I bought 40+ years ago. used it for Mule deer on down to prairie dogs. I get a little recoil conscious now after a morning of shooting. I usually use a 22-250. In a Remington 700 with 26inch barrel, 6-18x42 scope.
500+ yards no problem.
When the wind kicks up the 25-06 is best except for my buddy who uses a 257 Weatherby And shoots twice as much as I do.
50 BMG. If you ever seen the you tube videos you'll understand my answer.
On a serious note, the only other caliber I might add to the list above would be the .240 weatherby. If I lived in an area with praire dogs I would just use my .223.
I would have to go with a Ruger M77 chambered in 6mm Rem. With this gun you can get a 40 grain bullet going about 4020 FPS. Or you can use a Barns Varmint Grenade and blow it to pieces!
easy. 220 swift light grain weight bullet. big bull barrel. fluted out for easy cooling. that'd be a good day.
Just got off the phone with a buddys dad, and he said
Win. Mod. 70 (pre-64) in .220 swift is "THE" varmint rig. He's been shooting "dog's" for over 50yrs. so I'll have to defer to him.
Hope this helps ya' Del.
I'll take the .223 for the same reasons as Dave Petzel.
I have a few. 17 HMR,.223,.220 swift,22-250, 25-06, or a .243. My favorite though is a Rem. .220 swift. That is because it has peak accuracy and performance.
Oh ya, don't forget your high powered scope. Leapould and BSA make a nice batch of high powered scopes
.22 cheap cheap cheap.
I use a 25-06 with 75 grain VMAX bullets. It outperforms the .22s on longer range shots and the prime reason I use it is so that my shooting experience helps my long range coyote, fox, deer and antelope hunting to be more accurate. If you can hit prairie dogs consistenly at 600 yards in winds up to 50mph, you will find plinking a deer at 400 is child's play. I also use a .223 with 50g VMAX for prairie dogs. It is fun and much less expensive. Both rigs are a lot of fun. I have used the 220 Swift and the 22-250 as well and they are great too. You can't make a mistake with any of the cartiges mentioned above. My lifetime favorite has been the .220 Swift though because the blazing speed at 4,100 fps was just fun. For shots inside 100 yards, you see the prairie dog blow apart in your scope before the recoil moves it off target.
.22-250. Extra range over the .223 comes in valuable for dogs.
Agreed with Beekeeper and + 1 for you sir!!!
If I could pick only one rifle to hunt prairie dogs, it would be a .223. The .223 is a long-range gun, the ammo is common and economical to purchase in bulk.
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