View Full Version : Got a scope, What rifle ?

10-06-2007, 02:03 PM
I have a Monarch 5.5-16.5x44 ao that I want to use for varmits and such. What would be a good "light" caliber to put this with that would match up well.

204, 22-250, 223, .17rem. ? Would it be total overkill with any of the rimfires?

10-06-2007, 09:01 PM
.204 would be a great caliber....17 may be a little too small. I have both though...

The Baron of Bufflehead
10-07-2007, 05:58 AM
A second vote for the .204! I reload mine with both 40gr. and 35gr. Bergers and am very pleased with the results. That a 5.5 - 16x should be perfect on one.

10-07-2007, 10:16 AM
I have a 4-14 Monarch UCC on my 17 HMR, just becsaue I like to make really small groups at long ranges on paper.

For shooting living things, I'd vote for the .204 or the 22-250. The new Savage long range varminters are built for longer range shots with the .22-250. I've read the twist rate is tighter to stabilize longer heavier bullets so you can maximize your ranges. They are very reasonably priced and while they may not win beauty contests, I've never heard anyone complain about accuracy.

10-08-2007, 08:27 AM
Anything from .17 Rem (centerfire) up will work. If you shoot flat open country, try something like a 22-250. If you hunt where your shots will probably never be beyond 300 yards, the .17 Rem. is a nice choice. If you want an all around gun that can do either pretty well, shoot a .204 but reload as I couldn't find a factory load that I liked for coyotes. The .223 is a nice all around gun with lots of ammo choices as well. Every one you listed will kill coyotes just fine, so it really is preference, hunting terrain, reloading desire, etc.

You can use any caliber. Some people use big cannons like in the 30 caliber range and they will be a .30 size hole going in and coming out depending on the load. I personally don't like carrying those big caliber guns around and the wear and tear when shooting for me is too much as I kill lots of coyotes each year. I prefer light kicking guns with light triggers for coyotes but that is me. I shoot .17 Rem or 22-250 depending on my mood. With many of the smaller calibers, you see where your bullet hits whether hit or miss which is a nice added bonus.