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I'll reset this thread. Kudos the 'plain old' .222!

Mine is a 1967 vintage Sako Vixen and is a tack driver. I've fought with bad scope mounts for a Leupold 7.5 and decided now is the time to fix it.

Rock chucks and gophers tremble here too. All that power is deadly (22-250, all the WSM, all the WSSM, etc., but Accuracy is fatal!)




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Ruger 10/22 mag with heavy barrel and muzzle brake.

CZ 452 American in 17 HMR.



Remington 700 VSSF in .223.

Sako A1 hunter in .223.



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Mines a Savage 99 in 250-3000 with a Lyman All-American 4x scope on a Redfield 1 piece base. It's nothing fancy but it works out to 150 yrds on ground squirrels & 250 on yotes with a 90 gr cast bullet with 28gr of IMR 4895 behind it.

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Most popular? No way, Jos�! But my favorite by far is my newest .220 Howell rifle. Bench-rest barrel-maker Greg Richards put a 26-inch barrel on a Nesika Model K single-shot action and bedded 'em in an H-S Precision Pro Series stock (with that long aluminum chassis inside, from under the nose of the comb out nearly to the front sling swivel). Al Talbot very precisely fitted it out with his great QD mount and four sets of rings.

Yep -- four sets of scope rings. I've tested far too many variable scopes and found too many of 'em unreliable for precise long-range shooting, while Talbot's mount always returns scopes to zero after any number of removals and replacements. So I have four fixed-power scopes for this rifle, each zeroed at a different range -- an old 12x Redfield, an old 20x Weaver, a new 24x Sightron, and a new 36x Weaver. (Hope to add a fifth when -- if -- Doug Phair comes-out with the 42x VarTac that he's considering.)

My .220 cartridge was specifically designed for long-range shots at small targets on the windy northern plains. (You can read about it in the current issue of The Accurate Rifle.)

For the smaller targets and shorter ranges on this side of the Divide, my favorite .22 LR rifle is my very-low-number Kimber of Oregon -- but I'm trying to get a well known maker to offer my recommended version of a Mannlicher-stocked bolt-action .22 LR with a sharply tapered 18-inch barrel. If he does, and it shoots as well as it should, it'll likely become my favorite for gophers and close-in prairie dogs. On our last 'dog shoot, I popped several with my 12-inch-barrel Taurus .22 LR revolver -- one at a measured 87 yards, some farther -- so the .22 LR with high-velocity hollow-points is still in the running for small varmints at short ranges. A light, short .22 LR rifle with a stiff barrel ought to be great for walk-around shooting. I missed far more than I hit with the revolver with open sights, but the walk-around carbine with an 8x Leupold should guarantee a much better batting average.

At a testimonial dinner in his honor, "Double-Nothing," an old college or high-school athletics trainer (nicknamed for his jersey number, 00), thought long and hard before answering the request that he name the school's best-ever team. Then he brightened and said "Next year's!" Isn't that also the way with our favorite rifles?


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Favorite cartridge hands down is the 220 Swift! My old stand-by is a Savage 112 single shot. But my new Swift is a Santa Barbara 98 Mauser with a 26" SS barrel and a 6.5-20 Leupold. She is just getting broke in this summer and is doing very well in the field. The old Swift is still king in my book. I did put together a lighter 24" Swift on a 96 Swed. It is ok and I plan on using it for stalking or off hand type shooting, but the 98 has really turned my head this summer.

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Well there is a gun show this weekend in Salt Lake, and I think I just Might come home with some version of a .17 HMR. Feel the need, ya know?

Wonder what you might think is best for price/value?





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Well I felt the Ruger. Cheap $250 but trigger squeeze about 20 pounds and rough like a chain saw! Local 'smith says it is a sum-a-bi__h trigger and can't work it. The CZ is sweet about 3 pounds and clean but $450.

Scopes: Weaver 3x10 at about $250 !!! but nice. Total package over $650, maybe I ought to stick with the .222 and save the $ for ammo.

Three things. Good, fast, cheap. Pick two.

Still shopping.....



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