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Thread: What is the best varmint calibre

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    What is the best varmint calibre

    For general purpose rabbit,hare,crow and fox control what do you reckon the best calibre is? There are so many to chose from and I suppose each has its merits. What do you think? .17HMR, .17 Rem, .17 Rem fireball, 204, 220 swift the list goes on.
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    223rem is probably the easiest option, rifles and ammo are commonly available and cheap. It gives the most grunt for the least amount of powder among the factory cartridges. I personally think the 222rem is "better" than the 223, butr that is just me. I own neither currently and am using a 22/250. It has a fair bit more powder capacity than the 222 or 223 and really wallops a fox, but you are well into diminishing returns territory with the 22/250.

    I see the 17 and 20 CF cals as more specialist tools. The 17HMR though is a must have in my view, but as well as a 22CF, not instead off.
    Brian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claret_Dabbler View Post
    223rem is probably the easiest option, rifles and ammo are commonly available and cheap. It gives the most grunt for the least amount of powder among the factory cartridges. I personally think the 222rem is "better" than the 223, butr that is just me. I own neither currently and am using a 22/250. It has a fair bit more powder capacity than the 222 or 223 and really wallops a fox, but you are well into diminishing returns territory with the 22/250.

    I see the 17 and 20 CF cals as more specialist tools. The 17HMR though is a must have in my view, but as well as a 22CF, not instead off.
    I completely aggree. I have a soft spot for the .222 but anyone buying now would be wise to go for a .223

    I have had a .22-250 and a .220 Swift in the past but the performance is so close to .243 that seems sensible to have the .243 and be deer legal.

    I suppose if I had to nail my colours to the mast (and it was purely for vermin with no future possibility of deer use) then I would go for a .22-250 rem.

    JC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claret_Dabbler View Post
    223rem is probably the easiest option, rifles and ammo are commonly available and cheap. It gives the most grunt for the least amount of powder among the factory cartridges. I personally think the 222rem is "better" than the 223, butr that is just me. I own neither currently and am using a 22/250. It has a fair bit more powder capacity than the 222 or 223 and really wallops a fox, but you are well into diminishing returns territory with the 22/250.

    I see the 17 and 20 CF cals as more specialist tools. The 17HMR though is a must have in my view, but as well as a 22CF, not instead off.
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    This type of question ends up with most people recommending what they currently have in their cabinet. Picking up on the .222 v .223 point I have moved from the former to the latter and tbh there is a benefit of more fps and heavier bullets if getting a tight twist, but there is nothing in it in terms of accuracy. If not reading I would be tempted to pick .223 purely due to cost and selection.

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    I went for .223 after alot of head scratching and am pleased with it. Kills foxes out too 200 yards, the max I feel safe with where I shoot. Could have gone for bigger but dont see the need. Its a calibre that legal for Roe in Scotland and for Munties and Chinese, so if your deer legal rifle needs a repair or work done on it least you still may be able to shoot other deer....cant do that with the smaller calibres.

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    I use the Hornet quite a bit but have a .222 that I absolutely love shooting. Unfortunately, it's a heavy barreled Winchester that doesn't lend itself to long walks and off-hand shots. My Hornet gets the nod 99% of the time I'm needing more than a .22LR or 5mm Remington.~Muir

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    +1 for .22-250, great on foxes also handy if a Muntjac wanders by.

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    .22 Hornet !? cheap and cheerfull, deadly on foxes to 200 yds !

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    .22 hornet cheap to run, i reload 35gn Vmax for 31p a round

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