Varmints

Discussion in 'Small Game Hunting' started by 223reload, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    since we dont have a varmint thread i thought id see what everyone hunts for varmints and what they use I use as you might have guessed a 223 rem for prariedogs and coyotes and a 17HMRfor prariedogs and starlings and such
     
  2. savage308

    savage308 New Member

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    rem. 243 for coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions.

    My hog gun is my ole faithful 308 savage...
     

  3. iowacatter

    iowacatter New Member

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    I use a 223 for coyotes and ox around here, I have never been prarie dog hunting, but I'd love to!
     
  4. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    theres just something abuot being able to REACH UOT AND TOUCH then disentagrate those rats
     
  5. Bigun

    Bigun New Member

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    If I could only have one Varmint rifle it would be either a 223 Ackley Improved or a 22-250. Otherwise the Swift is my favorite. I have one in 40 X and one in 700 Varmint As I have gotten older and there are not as many places to hunt. A short barrelled 222 Rem or 256 Win is in my truck more often.
     
  6. iowacatter

    iowacatter New Member

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    This is a little embarassing:confused2:. Just for the record, I dont shoot any "OX" around here. My typing needs work!!:lol:
     
  7. shortbus

    shortbus New Member

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    I use a rem. 22-250 on groundhogs and coyotes. On fox I use a 22 Magnum
     
  8. center12

    center12 New Member

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    Got a .223/12ga. combo gun(savage 24) for coyote, use the shotgun the most. Also have a .243, a BPS shotgun with turkey tube(legit 50 yard gun with #4buck), and a .22 Mag that see time in the field.
     
  9. Blue Duck

    Blue Duck New Member

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    I hunt coyotes quite a bit. I have a .223/12 Savage and a 22-250 rem. .22 mag for coons.....
     
  10. blackhorse83

    blackhorse83 New Member

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    223 in my T/C with a 14'' barrel for hand gunning and a 22-250 in rifle form, I'm in the market for a 223 WSSM for an encore. By the way I load both coyote loads in 40 gr. nosler bullets.
     
  11. bootshowl

    bootshowl New Member

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    Ruger Mini 14, 5.56, works on unwanted, no matter how many legs.
     
  12. slimepig

    slimepig New Member

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    22 magnum on most things. used ta have a 223 ar-15. man i sure loved that peep sight.
     
  13. south_va_fisherman

    south_va_fisherman New Member

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    .22lr for rats and starling. for coyotes i use a .22 with CCI stingers. or if im in the mood to pick the coyote up piece by piece ill use my .32 marlin. it shoots 170 grain winchester specials. when my father used to own it he would hunt hogs with it. and when it was my grandfathers he would hunt deer, bear, and moose with it. that gun is 70 years old and still shooting like new!
     
  14. bootshowl

    bootshowl New Member

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    Charley would that be the old 32/20 round....my father in law was always bragging about that round before he passed.
     
  15. catfisher43

    catfisher43 New Member

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    I use 223 here.
     
  16. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    i dont hunt varmits , but if i did id have to have a 17 cal .

    i dont normally kill it less i plan to eat it
     
  17. south_va_fisherman

    south_va_fisherman New Member

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    No sir. Just .32 caliber, probably very similar to the 32/20.Mmay even be the same, not sure though.. Wichester still makes the catridge. however guns chambered in .32 are no longer being made. but i read recently that the catridge will be reintroduced within the next couple of years, because it was said to be the best all over round for deer and bear. its about as close to the 30-06 as you can get.
     
  18. bootshowl

    bootshowl New Member

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    I bet it's the old 32/20. Back when they had the "dash" cartridges. With cowboy action shooting getting so popular the old shells are making a big comeback.
     
  19. Mark R.

    Mark R. New Member

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    I am overun with varmits! They have been very hard on my chickens , ducks and cats.
    I have shot 5 coyotes in my back yard in the last 2 weeks, 6MM one and the rest with a .22 LR , I am placing my shots very carefully from a rest.
    I plan on picking up a .22 Mag or .22 Hornet ASAP as I want to keep the gun noise down but gain some knock down power.
    The other thing is I have either cattle or horses on all sides of me and dont want to skip a bullet into them, so I will have to use a small round.

    Mark
     
  20. bootshowl

    bootshowl New Member

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    Like to see a fella worried bout his rounds downrange. The 22 Mag. has long been the poachers gun of choice. For the reasons you stated. The Hornet is good, but expensive. Marlin makes a great affordable 22 Mag. I always liked the 22 mag over the 22lr as it does not have a heel seated bullet. And not that much more expensive to shoot. Good luck getting them critters out the yard.