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I am having a hard time deciding what cal. to buy and type of rifle for varmit hunting any help would be greatfull. Also what is the accu trigger
i have shot many things with my 22-250 like deer and coyotes i love my gun and i have never had any problems with it. I also have used a 243 and liked that too, but to me i would rather have a 22-250 it might not be the best gun if you plan on shooting something 400 yards or more, but i usually don't try to shot that far anyway. So in my opinion 22-250 is the way to go:) that is what i used during deer season and i only had to use one shell to drop them dead in their tracks!
223 trumps all three by a wide margin. Way cheaper to shoot, especially with factory fodder. Reloads are considerably cheaper too. Cheaper to shoot means you'll shoot it lots more, that's why it's better.
Performance to 350ish is nearly same/same with all of them, a shade more wind drift with the 223 but not enough to make you hit with one and miss with the other.
The Swift and WSSM are basically handloading only options due to poor selection of factory offerings, high prices, and poor availability. If you get the WSSM you'd better lay in a big supply of brass reletively quickly, you'll be lucky to find ammo or brass in 5 yrs.
The 22-250 is certainly no slouch but costs twice what a 223 does to shoot and only really becomes more of a good thing when one stretches to 400yds+.
The accu-trigger is an absolute must if you decide to go Savage, it's an idiot-proof user adjustable trigger. The accu-trigger however pales in comparison to a well-tuned factory trigger from Remington, Winchester, Weatherby/Howa, Sako/Tikka, etc.
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In addition I would add that a gas gun in said caliber would be an outstanding choice. A necessity in my eyes if you don't already own one.
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buy one of each and a .223--- 1st choice is .223 - cheaper to shoot and longer barrel life, 3200 fps kills em as dead as 4000 fps I bought a DPMS .223 ar-15 recently. With the Dems controlling congress and if a Dem gets in the White House the "assault weapons ban" may come back.
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Not only will the AWB come back, there won't be any 10yr sunset on the legislation, it'll be permanent. 500 30rnd AR-15 magazines and 1000 or so hi-cap 10/22 mags held for 10yrs or so might fully fund a retirement.
thanks for the imput I am still looking I think winchester featerweight is the rifle still looking at balistics
If you're thinking new you'll be waiting until June/July before the new Model 70's are available. If you're looking at a used rifle, avoid the SS Classic's in 22-250. I love Winchester rifles but that model in that caliber was a known problem child.
243 WSSM!!!!!!!! one hell of a caliber! I started shooting mine about two years ago and have taken lots of yotes and shot my 160in buck this year at 300 yrds!! it is expensive to shoot but well worth it!
I second the 223 vote, hors said it all.
If you go the 243 route save yourself some headache and skip the wssm route.
I would first ask if you reload. If you do, I would lean to the 22-250, if not, the 223. Stay away from the WSM, take a good look at the cost of shells and you will see why. I use to own a lightweight 223, it was replaced with a Stevens model 200. Light enough, but not to light. If you want the accu trigger then Savage is your bet. I know they don't look great, but spend the extra $200 on a really good scope and maybe a good rangfinder. You will be ready for anything from Prairie dogs to Antelope. The more Stevens 200's I own, the more impressed I am with them.
NO I do not own stocks in the Savage company, It is just that I worry less about scratches and dings with these rifles and enjoy the hunt more.