Following on from the Vermin calibre thread I'm now seriously thinking of changing my .222 for a .22-250. I shoot corvids, rabbits, foxes and muntjac with some informal target shooting at the range thrown in. (Usually 300-400 yards, occasional 600). I've tried to develop a do-it-all 50 grain round for my triple but it just doesn't have the performance to tick all the boxes and I'm really struggling to keep it supplied with the Federal factory ammo it likes.
I've concluded I'm asking too much of the cartridge and after much consideration of all the pros and cons I've settled on the .22-250.
I'd be looking for a high quality long and heavy barrelled varminter. Its going to be shooting 50/55 grain most of the time so I'm assuming a 1:12 or 1:14 twist.
With the demise of the Sako 75 choice is limited. I don't want stumpy 20 inchers and I don't want a Remington, I don't like them. The end.
That leaves the pig-ugly but superb shooting Steyr SSG; A Savage (ditto to a lesser extent the Steyr); A Kimber Pro Varmint (mixed reviews on this and other forums); The pricey but classy Sauer Wolverine (unknown quantity for me); or a custom build.
I'd be quite prepared to spend Wolverine money if it genuinely cuts the mustard. But at that price could I do better with a custom?
As always, opinions welcome. But on the rifle options please, not the calibre. Done that.