View Full Version : Varmit gear

06-02-2007, 06:15 AM
Just wandering what you guys use to hunt varmits, what brand rifle and caliber

wa beak breaker
06-02-2007, 05:36 PM
rem 700 varmit special. 26 in barrel topped with a simmons 6x24x50 mill dot in a 22 250. its very nasty

The Baron of Bufflehead
06-03-2007, 05:32 AM
Got a Remington 788 in .222, Canjar trigger and B&L Elite 4000 6-24x. Drives tacks with Hornady 50gr. V-Max.

My carrying rifle last winter (never did see a darned coyote:CL: ) is a Remington 700 BDL carbine in .222 Remington magnum with Burris 3-9x. Shoots pretty good, about an inch or so with 50gr. ballistic tips.

I also picked up a Remington 700 LVSF in .204 Ruger last spring and mounted a Leupold VXIII 4.5-14x on it. I have a bunch of handloads with 40gr. Bergers to try out but haven't shot it yet.

06-04-2007, 06:37 AM
A Weatherby Vanguard Varmint in .223 with Bushnell 4200 Elite 4-16 X 40mm.

The gun is pretty cool...22" med bulll contour barrel camo stock sweet cheeck-piece. It was designed as a multi-purpose varmint rig....calling gun and a serviceable fixed position chuck rig.

Anyone have any pics of their rigs..???

06-04-2007, 03:42 PM
Sako Vixen (Sexiest rifle name EVER) .222 topped with a redfield 3-9 fine crosshair. ALso added was a gold machined aluminum trigger-shoe that really makes it pop when you look at it and makes an excellent 1.5 pound trigger even better.

It's a heavy rifle for carry, at close to 10 pounds, but it more than makes up for it in style and grace.


benny boy
06-04-2007, 04:06 PM
I currently use a browning 243 with a redfield scope, looking to put a leupold on it though, and a little h&r handi rifle in 223 with a a1optic 4x12x50 fun gun other than the fact that it is a single shot!

Eric Wolf
06-04-2007, 04:18 PM
My dad has an Interarms .223 with a Swift 4-12X40. I use my Browning .308 with a Bushnell 3-9X40.

06-04-2007, 06:28 PM
Ruger M77 220 swift with a 6-20 leupold. Seems to do the job for me and it is a real tack driver with handloads.

The Baron of Bufflehead
06-06-2007, 02:29 PM
Anyone have any pics of their rigs..???

Why certainly Mr. 'Diggler!

The Rem 788 in .222, with B&L Elite 4200 6-24X. Canjar trigger and refinished stock. Not the prettiest rifle in the rack, but it sure shoots pretty! This gun will do .5's in warm weather, and I've even lucked some 5 shot groups down into the low .4's.:Rich:

Remington 700 BDL carbine in .222 Rem mag with Burris 3-9x. 1963 vintage with fleurs-de-lis checkering. The 20" carbine configuration is rare, checkering is rare and .222 mag is an obsolete oddball... so how could I resist?!:CF:

The new rig... Ruger 700 LVSF in .204 Ruger with Leupold VX-III 4.5-14x. I just got a chance to shoot it this afternoon for the first time with an assortment of handloads. So far, things look very promising with 40gr. Bergers and BLC(2). Even with the heavy factory trigger (it will be replaced!) I got a couple 3 shot groups into the .6's so I am optimistic.:hest:

Last gun is not really a varminter (although I have blown up a couple of groundhogs with it... heehee) but since I was into the gun photos I got a shot of the Remington 700 Mountain rifle in .30-06 with B&L Elite 4000 1.5-6x. I bought this gun when I was in University and it will never leave the rack. Looks great, shoots great, is nice and light and always ready if I ever take a hankerin' to shoot something with hooves again.

This'll be fun. Let's see some of your rifles!!:TT:

06-06-2007, 03:08 PM
Man! That .222 Mag is sweet! If I were to have a custom rifle built in a "varmint" chambering that cartridge would be it. I'll give you $500 for it or trade you a set of string-o-wings even up!

What can I say... I'm in a generous mood.

benny boy
06-06-2007, 03:59 PM
A couple of the dog guns! new england 223 fun but only a single shot, browning 243 shoots awesome, and the remington 270, killed more dogs with this than any other, just don't get much of a fur when you are done!

The Baron of Bufflehead
06-06-2007, 04:09 PM
I like that NEF single shot benny boy. I've heard they shoot great and I always thought one of them would fit nicely behind the seat of the truck for 24/7 availability.:hest:

benny boy
06-06-2007, 04:21 PM
Baron- ya it is a fun little gun, cheap and easy to shoot obviously. First thing I did was put a 4-12x50 on it. The we measured the lans inside, and started the meticulous task of reloading for it. ran ever shell on the case trimmer, then the lathe, then deburred the flash hole, primered them and fire formed all shells to the gun. After that we loaded them with4831 IMR I believe can't quite remember and loaded them up with 50 grain hornady spsx (soft point super explosive) a lot of work but a neat gun either way. (Oh and we measured the lans so we wouldn't get any bullet jump.)

The Baron of Bufflehead
06-06-2007, 04:58 PM
benny boy... I hear ya' about the lots of fiddly work in getting good reloads matched to a gun. But, it is very rewarding hobby (I think so, at least). With my .204, it shot 2 - 3" groups with Hornady factory ammo and 3"+ with Remington factory. But, all of my handloads were under 1 1/2" and several under 1" (preliminary 3 shot groups). And that is before brass is fire formed/neck sized and I adjust the bullet seating depth. Once the gun is printing those 1/2" clusters, it is all worth it!

benny boy
06-07-2007, 07:13 PM
I agree, it tends to be a lot of work but will definately make you a better shot and make your guns more accurate, I need to work up a good load for my 243, 270, and 338 now, the older fellow I shoot and load with quite a bit loads a lot of rounds for his 223, 22-250, 17, 218 bee, 204...... they love those little rounds! Anyways looks like you have some sweet guns too, you feeling generous? Ill trade you the NEF for that synthetic 204 :D straight across evern, I won't charge you a dime!

The Baron of Bufflehead
06-08-2007, 05:34 AM
Ill trade you the NEF for that synthetic 204 :D straight across evern, I won't charge you a dime!

Ummmm... I'm pretty sober right now, so no dice.:rf:

06-08-2007, 07:06 AM
Great Pics guys!

I'll see if I can get a few of my babies!!

Thinking about adding a Kimber Hunter .22LR to the stable very very soon! Have always wanted one as my squirrel gun. Stay tuned!!

Hey any of you guys rimfire junkies too...???

benny boy
06-08-2007, 11:12 AM
Hey any of you guys rimfire junkies too...???[/QUOTE]

Yes! I shoot my 22's more than anything else. I have five of them and love that you can shoot tons of rounds and not have it hurt the wallet too badly! I have the good ol ruger 10/22 done up a little different, henry, savage, hi-standard, and heritage rough rider.

benny boy
06-08-2007, 11:13 AM
Ummmm... I'm pretty sober right now, so no dice.:rf:

let me know when you are a little tipsy and we can cut a deal!

The Baron of Bufflehead
06-08-2007, 12:45 PM
I hardly ever shoot rimfire anymore, because most of my satisfaction in rifle shooting comes from reloading.

Those Kimber .22's are gorgeous though.:hest:

Eric Wolf
06-08-2007, 02:35 PM
These are the only pics I have of my rifle. Browning A-Bolt .308. Scope is a Bushnell 3-9X40.



06-13-2007, 05:25 PM
Here is my latest purchase. It is a DPMS Panther Heavy barrel 223 cal, and topped with a VX III 4.5 x 14. I might also add, it is quite proficient down range. :st: I never did mic it, but I will say a nickel will cover a five shot group.:TT:

06-13-2007, 08:02 PM
Here is my varmint getter Savage Mod. 12 223 w/26'' barrel toped with a BSA 4x16 mil dot scope

This is my best group to date, Win cases Fed. primers 25.5g of benchmark 50g Berger match grade varmint bullets @ 100 yds that same day I steped back to 270yds and shot a 3 shot group that measured a little over 3" in a steady 20 to 25mph crosswind.
Not very impressive so I through that one away. When things slow down and the wind is not blowing much I will try for a better group


And since someone said rimfire, here is a pic of my tricked out 10/22 it shoots in the .5s at 50yds, my best group with the gun is a 5 shot .216 @ 50yds.http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j171/benellibuck/Guns049.jpg

06-13-2007, 08:18 PM
Too much brush around here to use a rifle very often. I let the hounds chase the coyotes till they come close enough to use the 12ga.That 870 with a ************* choke tube does a number on them within 50-60yds.

06-14-2007, 05:23 AM
sharpshooter....great pics man.

Is that a Kidd trigger in your 10/22..???

What other work has been done to it.

I have one I built also....love them damn thing...so fun to build and more fun to shoot!

06-14-2007, 05:24 AM
yotes...nice rig man!

Is that a 20" or 22" barrel..???

The Baron of Bufflehead
06-14-2007, 05:51 AM
Sweet setups!

Eric - loks like that A-bolt shoots straight on the hooved varmints!

yotes - I have been doing some reading and am amazed at how accurate the AR type rifles are these days. Nice gun!

sharpshooter - gotta love the Savage for always performing. Those are some great rifles. Damn slick 10/22 as well.:hest:

06-14-2007, 07:44 AM
Here are a few pictures.....

My 10/22 tricked out, custom stocked 1 1/2 lb trigger action job and custom barrel..


My .17 HMR custom stocked and Rifle Basix trigger....

My Weatherby .223 Bushnell Elite 4200....

06-14-2007, 08:52 AM
sharpshooter....great pics man.

Is that a Kidd trigger in your 10/22..???

What other work has been done to it.

I have one I built also....love them damn thing...so fun to build and more fun to shoot!

It is a Hornet trigger
http://www.hornetproducts.com/default.asp these guys make some pretty good stuff:TT:

The barrel is from Whistle Pig and I found the stock in catalog a friend gave me.
Most people who shoot the gun say it's like shooting a pellet rifle, it's quiter than most 22's, and yes it is a blast to shoot as well.

Eric Wolf
06-14-2007, 05:50 PM
Eric - loks like that A-bolt shoots straight on the hooved varmints!

For sure for sure! The only pics I have of my gun are with the deer...

06-14-2007, 07:30 PM
Duckdiggler, it is a 20in.

06-15-2007, 04:59 AM

Someday I must ad one to the stable!

07-24-2007, 10:12 AM
Here is my Savage 12 VLP in .204. topped with a Nikon 4.5 x 14. Load is 35gr berger pushed by 28.8gr H4895. It prints 3/4" groups at 200 yards.

07-24-2007, 05:28 PM
This is my .223 Bushmaster 16" barrel with a 20" handguard, a JP trigger and a Trijicon ACOG with tritium reticle.:hest:

For the rimfire fans a rare Marlin 39A with deluxe stock with squirrel carved in it from the factory. :tn:

The Baron of Bufflehead
07-25-2007, 05:52 AM
For the rimfire fans a rare Marlin 39A with deluxe stock with squirrel carved in it from the factory. :tn:

Rare indeed. I never even knew those existed. Neat collector's item.

07-25-2007, 09:10 AM
Hey any of you guys rimfire junkies too...???

Serious Rimfire junkie here..........www.rimfirecentral.com member. I have built 2 22Mags which only the receivers are origanal and unchanged and just finished building my 17HMR. Waaaaaay too much money put into that hobby.

My serious coyote calling rifle is a Weatherby Mark V Accumark in 25-06 topped with a Leupold VX III 4.5-14x40. I handload Hornady 75gr V-Max's at about 3900 fps. :pl:

Freestyle Honkers
07-25-2007, 08:25 PM

This is my little toy. .22-250 Tikka T3 Varmit. Got the Leupold VX III 8.5x30 Mil Dot all on the Harris bipod. Very fun gun to shoot and mess around with!

08-10-2007, 09:44 AM
Here is my toy Browning A-bolt in 243 wssm with a bushnell banner 6-18x 50mm. A real tack driver

scott w
08-13-2007, 06:17 PM
savage 17 HMR, with s.s. bull barrell and lepold 4-12 x 40 with bi-pod...1 inch groups at 200...if it's in the scope it's game over. it's my new favorite gun...