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What's your favorite small caliber bolt rifle?

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Post by zanemoseley 1/23/2022, 6:56 pm

Thinking of getting a small cal CF rifle like 22-250 to fill that spot in my collection. I've already got a heavy Savage target action BR rifle in 6BR and a mid weight FN 308 rifle. Thinking of a fairly handy size rifle but with a barrel thick enough for range days.

I think my favorite might be the Bergara B14 Ridge in 22-250. Might look at a CZ 600 but don't dig the aluminum receiver, the Alpha stock looks kind of cheap.


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Post by james r chapman 1/23/2022, 7:40 pm

Oooh, I'm thinking a Ballard rifle in 25-20 with an old Unertl scope would be nice!

damn, not a bolt! oh well
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Post by straybrit 1/23/2022, 10:25 pm

I have a Sako in 22-250 which I really really like. Did great service in sporting rifle matches as well as thinning out quite a few ground squirrels. Granted it's the best part of 20 years old now and really needs a new barrel. Which is the issue with that caliber - a bullet travelling at 3000+ fps does tend to wear it out. 38gr of H380 behind a 55gr Sierra MatchKing or GameKing was always my favourite load.  From memory that gave around 2800 fps - plenty to be accurate out past 200 yds but not enough to wear things out. Been a decade since I loaded for it though - so don't take my word for it.

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Post by machinist mike 1/23/2022, 11:30 pm

My favorite would be one of the Springfield 1922 series training rifles.  I have an original 1922, 1922-M1, 1922-M11, and 1922-M2.  All of them are superb shooters.

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Post by zanemoseley 1/24/2022, 8:15 am

Looking for a CF rifle not RF.

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Post by STEVE SAMELAK 1/24/2022, 8:41 am

700 VLS 22-250 BULL BARREL

Really knows it's job.

would my XP-100 in .223 be allowed to play?


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Post by JKR 1/24/2022, 8:42 am

A good 22-250 is hard to beat as a 400 yard varmint rifle. Mine is a custom on a pre 64 win action. I killed the unluckiest coyote in Northern Wi with it. 514 yards. 
Barrel life is the downside. 
If lots of target shooting and plinking is the plan, a good 223 will serve you just as well. 
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Post by zanemoseley 1/24/2022, 9:58 am

I've steered clear of Remington rifles since I've heard their quality control has gone down in recent years. I'm sure they still put out some good ones but might have a higher chance of getting one with issues.

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Post by john bickar 1/24/2022, 10:00 am

SWIM has a Sako .222 that's a tack-driver. It's on the older side, and that caliber has fallen out of favor with the benchrest crowd, I believe, so you might be able to get a deal.
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Post by STEVE SAMELAK 1/24/2022, 10:09 am

zanemoseley wrote:I've steered clear of Remington rifles since I've heard their quality control has gone down in recent years. I'm sure they still put out some good ones but might have a higher chance of getting one with issues.
All of my Remingtons are at least 20 years old...the XP prolly 30ish and fine examples.

After talking with a rep at an open house about their return to 1911s...I will hesitate to give them another dime.  confused
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Post by TomH_pa 1/24/2022, 10:11 am

Hard to beat a .223 with the current bullet selection. Get a Wylde chamber and a 7 or 8 twist barrel you can shoot any bullet up to 80 gr. 
23 to 25 gr. range of most powders will get you a good load so fairly cheap to reload for. 
Brass is plentiful. 
Sub MOA at 600+ yards with careful load testing.
Minimal recoil in a heavy barreled bolt gun.

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Post by zanemoseley 1/24/2022, 10:19 am

john bickar wrote:SWIM has a Sako .222 that's a tack-driver. It's on the older side, and that caliber has fallen out of favor with the benchrest crowd, I believe, so you might be able to get a deal.
What is SWIM? Never heard of them.

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Post by spursnguns 1/24/2022, 10:22 am

Hello zanemosely,

My favorite....

A Sako L461 Vixen in .222 Remington.  With a Canjar trigger and a Unertl 12 power scope.

A great setup.

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Post by LenV 1/24/2022, 10:58 am

Browning A bolt Micro in 22 Hornet. Ruger also offers the hornet in the 77/ 22 but they got the twist wrong.
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Post by LenV 1/24/2022, 11:21 am

The Browning mentioned above is findable. Good luck finding one of these. Ruger tang safety, bull barrel, 1776/ 1976 commemorative in 220 swift. Add a  Burris scope, custom stock and bi-pod. I named it AT&TWhat's your favorite small caliber bolt rifle? 08281510
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Post by Jack H 1/24/2022, 11:46 am

I have always had a 222 722 rifle, and a 222 in a Sako Riihimaki.   And a 223 700.  And 243 in Ruger 77 II, and 243 in M70 fw pre64.  Then I jump to 257 rbts, 300 Savage, 308 in 722,
And last, the favorite, a Colt 223 Coltsman.  Just like a Sako Vixen.  Only better.
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Post by LenV 1/24/2022, 12:50 pm

I see you like old Remingtons. You need my 721 to burn up all your old 30-06 Jack.
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Post by straybrit 1/24/2022, 1:19 pm

Anyone tried the 224 Valkyrie yet? On the face of it I'd think it was a modern 22-250 replacement.

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Post by Jack H 1/24/2022, 1:55 pm

LenV wrote:I see you like old Remingtons. You need my 721 to burn up all your old 30-06 Jack.

Len.  Got 721s covered too.  All the way up to 300HH
I just sold a 375HH M70, pre of course

Haven't figured out why yet. 

For as long as I been into bullseye pistols, I have been in rifles longer.
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Post by Merick 1/24/2022, 2:10 pm

straybrit wrote:Anyone tried the 224 Valkyrie yet? On the face of it I'd think it was a modern 22-250 replacement.


I tried one 224v brass through my .223 sizing die. Does that count? 

So far I'm not a fan.

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Post by john bickar 1/24/2022, 2:12 pm

zanemoseley wrote:What is SWIM? Never heard of them.

Someone Who Isn't Me.

Unfortunately, I lost all of my firearms in a tragic boating accident. It's really sad.
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Post by john bickar 1/24/2022, 2:13 pm

LenV wrote:I see you like old Remingtons. You need my 721 to burn up all your old 30-06 Jack.

I have a Remington Model 721 story for you, Len and Jack.

That's a good gun.


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Post by gweber 1/24/2022, 2:16 pm

22-250 is an awesome round for varmints. I have a 20TAC with a pacnor barrel I picked up off an auction and that is the best shooting little gun I own. 204 is fun caliber for varmints as well. Savage rifles may not be the purdiest but they all shoot very well. I would say 223, 22-250, or 204 and you can't go wrong with either. 

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Post by JKR 1/24/2022, 4:25 pm

Now I know why it’s so hard to find a prairie dog in North Dakota!

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Post by sbtzc 1/24/2022, 4:34 pm

Living in Wyo in my younger years, one needed a little weight to buck the wind. .22 cal just drifted too much. I burned up a Mauser actioned, 257 Roberts with 1000's of rounds of fast 75 grain hollow points on an endless sea of prairie dogs. Then I picked up a tang safety Ruger M77V in 6mm Rem. from a desperate college student for $75.

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