Whats the best caliber of rifle for varmits?

Discussion in 'The Hunting & Fishing Forum' started by RugerUser, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. RugerUser

    RugerUser New Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    I have a chance at a remington model 788 chambered in .243. This should work good huh?
  2. Kleryk

    Kleryk New Member

    Sep 8, 2013

  3. dbcooper

    dbcooper Well-Known Member

    this round is so versatile and an excellent choice esp if you hand load
    my second choice would be a 17 Rem, it was designed to be a varmint round
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  4. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    Who knows. You are buying a used rifle. Is it from soneone you know and how many rounds have been put through it? How much are you paying for it?
  5. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    In no particular order, I've use and have used;
    .22 Mag.
    .204 Ruger
    .243 WIN
    and yep, .270 WIN and .30-06 Sprin.. Was out target shooting one day and a Ground
    Hog happened to be in the "right" place at the right time, so he ate a 7mm REM MAG.

    I reckon if your pelt hunting, stay with the "lighter" calibers.
  6. nmckenzie

    nmckenzie Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2011
    Sitka, Alaska
    That was the rifle/caliber combination my better half used for years on Sitka Blacktail deer. Not too many varmints around here, but years ago back east the HBAR saw use in that role, as did my Garand.
  7. Derek Heuring

    Derek Heuring New Member

    Sep 12, 2013
    I may be showing my age here but either the .22-250 or .22 Savage High Power are excellent choices for Varminting.
  8. oldfartrr

    oldfartrr Active Member

    Jun 30, 2012
    northern calif
    i agree with you, love my 6mm (remington 788) hard to miss accuracy wise and can be loaded down or up,, 20% more powder capacity then .243 but basically the same,,, and can be used for other game depending on the load,, can take from a 55 grain to 110 grain bullet so gives a lot of variaty in what you wish to use from rabbits to deer. have used mine on yotes 75gr hollowpoint drops them like a rock at 400 plus yards/
  9. fragout

    fragout Member

    Apr 26, 2011
    Around my homestead, the #1 varmint = feral pigs/wild hogs.

    My best rifle/caliber for them things = M1A-A1 and M14S.

    From point blank on out to my maximum effective range..... it's the better rifle for me.

    Have used various loads for dumpin them. Anything from Milsurp FMJ to match loads into various hunting loads.

    Barrel life is longer than most others too boot.

    Hogs here often run in groups, so I try and shoot as many as I can when the opportunity presents. All focus when using my M14S = fundamentals...... shoot....acquire another.....rinse...repeat.

    I have plenty of 7.62x51mm/308Win ammo.

    As far as 2 legged varmints, I prefer to kill them outright, as a wounded badguy can still be dangerous, from my experience at it downrange. (U.S. Army Infantry here, and still serving currently)

    Whoever thought up that baloney about wounding enemy combatants instead of killing them has not been shot at by a wounded enemy......much less had a grenade tossed in their direction.
    Besides......it's the "humane" thing to do.

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  10. langenc

    langenc Active Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Montmorency Co, MI
    Best caliber-shoot what you got.

    More shooting of the deer rifle makes one a better shot while deer hunting, and everything else. That is GOOD.
  11. I have a CZ in .204 Ruger, 3900 ft/sec
    flat out to 200 yrds.
  12. Zhurh

    Zhurh Active Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Upper Yukon, Alaska
    Varmits in Alaska are bear, wolves, lynx, porkies. I still like my 6.8 but also take the 308 Scar alot these days. Just got to be an AR with 10 rounder.
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  13. jstgsn

    jstgsn Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2009
    Milford, Delaware
    Hmmm, I'm thinking 30-06. hundreds of loads available, thousands of Germans and Japanese can attest to it's power (from the grave) can be used from Elephants to woodchucks..and so on. Can be reloaded light or heavy. Then again, a 308 has a lot to say. It's kinda like, I've cut that board three times but it is still too short. You can powder down a large cartridge, but you can't powder up a small one.
  14. al45lc

    al45lc Active Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    colorful colorado
    Last weekend, the Pawnee National Grasslands.
    Rifles were a Rem 700 H.B. varminter in 6mm, and a Ruger No.3 in .223
    Best shot was at 628 yds with the 6mm, about 380 yds with the .223.
    We had variable gusty winds and the .223 was at a distinct disadvantage, but usually out to 400 it's very capable.
    Met a nasty neighbor too, he wasn't happy with me. :)

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  15. DDDWho

    DDDWho Member

    Jun 15, 2013
    I killed 5 ground hogs in my "neighborhood" this summer. (I call it a neighborhood but we are the only full time residents). Three were at less than 20 yards. I shot another in one of my neighbors yards at a rangefinder measured 95 yards. Another was shot using my gun by a friend again at a rangefinder measured 105 yards.

    All were shot with a Ruger 10/22 with a cheap Monkey Wards 4X scope.

    I missed a few of them though out the summer but I do not consider any other gun for ground hogs.
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