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good rifle for varment hunting?

Boss is taking us down to his ranch in falfurias next week. Told us to bring a gun to shoot varments- coyotes, hogs, possums, etc. Any rifle suggestions?
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Depends on how you are going to hunt them.
Brush/stalk AR-15 works great.
Actually sit out and call them and longer range I would go with a .2 caliber - .204, .223, .220, 22-250
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What ever you do take the Barnes varmint grenade loaded bullets. lol Ever seen a prarie dog in their video? Like he eats a little bit of C4.

Like Chopped said you can not go wrong with an AR15 in either of those calibers.
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I use a 243, but it's what I have. I have been wanting to take the SKS out and play, but haven't had the opportunity.

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Any rifle will work. If you have a couple of rifles I'd choose your most accurate rifle with the best scope. A good deal of varmint hunting is done at night so open sights or sorry scopes aren't an option.

If you are about to go buy something, H&R sells single shots for about $250 that could be decent varmint rifles. You don't want anything bigger than .243 relistically.

Remington has a Varmint line of rifles, Savage has the 12 FV line that are great. I'd highly suggest .223 or .22-250. Both are good varmint ronds and more affordable and available that others. If you might get the chance at hogs or ever want to use the rifle for deer a .243 would be a good compromise. They sell hornady 58gr varmint rounds in .243 as well as 100gr rounds for hogs and deer.

If you have an AR, I put a scope on mine and it shot flat out amazing and it has an M4 barrel. So that might be a cheaper option for something you've already got. Just need a decent scope and AR scope mount.
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Personally I like a .204 or .22-250. I'm looking for a used R-15 in a .204 for critters this off season.

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Personally I like a .204 or .22-250. I'm looking for a used R-15 in a .204 for critters this off season.
Missed out, just sold this one:
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.22-250 is my favorite and it works great for everything you might encounter. I even use mine alot for deer and pigs.
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Mini-14s are bad ass. They are small versions of the an M-14, shooting a .223 aka 5.56. The same thing as an AR15, but you wont be like every single over mall ninja with an AR.

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Mini-14s are bad ass. They are small versions of the an M-14, shooting a .223 aka 5.56. The same thing as an AR15, but you wont be like every single over mall ninja with an AR.
They aren't known for being very accurate.
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Mini-14s are bad ass. They are small versions of the an M-14, shooting a .223 aka 5.56. The same thing as an AR15, but you wont be like every single over mall ninja with an AR.
Again, depends on how he will be hunting. Going through thick brush the ranch rifle would be fine, but like Dee said, not very accurate pass a few yards where the AR is good at a few hundred.

An AR can be built into a true varmint rifle where the mini can not.
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.223 is a cheap round... Remington varmit is a good riffle

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I think mine will work for you

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22-250 great varmit round.....Mini14 is a spray and pray, not real accurate, as stated above...
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Thanks for the info. Where in the metroplex do you recommend I go to buy a .22-250?
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I think mine will work for you
Details? Price?
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Thanks for the info. Where in the metroplex do you recommend I go to buy a .22-250?
I saw in the Cabela's ad they had a few for a reasonable price. Are you just going to use it once and put it up, or will you use it quite a bit. Is it worth spending the extra coin on something that you wont use much.
The Savage/Stevens combo would work fine, but out of the 3 my choice would be between the 700 and Savage leaning more towards the Savage. The combo scope on the Savage would be fine for a while.
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If you are going to shoot a lot, get a bull barrel.

If you are going to stalk, don't get a bull barrel.

.223 ammo is cheaper and has less wear on rifle.

.22-250 is flat shooting.

Savage 12, Remington SPS Varmint, Howa 1500 varmint, are around $500-600 and have heavy barrels. DPMS AR Panther bull is about $800.

A 4-14x scope or 6-18x scope is plenty.

Optional, Harris bi-pod. Varmint Caller: Johnny Walker Predator.

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There's a "Ranchland Combo," from Howa that ought to be around $500. It's their varmint package with a hougue overmolded stock and a scope. I'dgo for .243 first, then .22-250 if I couldn't find something in .243.

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