View Full Version : Which rifle would you use??

May 30, 2007, 05:29 PM
Which rifle would you use to hunt ground hogs up to a couple hundred yards? I have a .22 Hornet, a .222, .270 Win, 30-06. I am going to buy a new scope for which ever rifle I choose.

May 30, 2007, 05:41 PM
Easy, the .222. It is after all, a varmint round, and you are hunting varmints. ;)

May 30, 2007, 05:57 PM
I was out in Wyoming 2 years ago. I shot prairie dogs with my .22lr, .223, and my .30-06. I'd bring them all! I shot one gun until the barrel got too hot. Then switch to another gun as range changed too. I like seeing the effect of the overkill on dogs with the .30-06. One guy in our hunting party brewed up some 100 gr. hollowpoint loads for his .270 with stellar results. All the rifles you listed shoot pretty flat you can't go wrong with any of them.

May 30, 2007, 11:41 PM
.22 Hornet and the Triple Duce will be the most pleasant ones to shoot for extended periods of time. If I had to scope one for 200 yard work on varmints it would be the .222. That said I use the .270 quite a bit on prairie dogs as well.

May 31, 2007, 07:57 PM
Speaking of the 30.06, didn't Remington make a 75 grain bullet for the .06? Do they still make it and is it any good?

PTR 91
May 31, 2007, 08:17 PM
I would choose 30, 06. Hog won't get up and ran after being hit with that. Mabey I'm wrong but that what I would choose.

May 31, 2007, 11:02 PM
We are talking about ground hogs, right? The 222 will reach out to 300 yards and will dispatch grounhog no problem, may I advice using 50 grain BT. If you just want to hurt yourself firing your .270 or '06 then by all means have fun with it, the advantage is you can reach out to 800 yards with those things if you know how where your bullet windage/trajectory. I tend to bring at least 3 rifles, but the more the merrier. I have a 14" and 21" TC Contender barrel, a Colt H-Bar, a Win 70 HBV in 22-250 and Rem PSS in 308. I usually don't need the 308, but I did used a 270 Win with 110 grain bullets. the accuracy out to 800 yards is superb. josh

May 31, 2007, 11:42 PM
That's easy. .222Rem

May 31, 2007, 11:54 PM
.222 REM, it was made for what you want to do!

June 1, 2007, 08:54 AM
I would scope the .222. It's one of the best varmit calibers around.

Art Eatman
June 1, 2007, 09:43 AM
Another vote for the .222. It's the next step up from the Hornet, and it's a less finicky round for which to reload. And never forget that the .222 was once the king of benchrest shooting.


June 1, 2007, 10:09 AM
With windy days being a challenge,the 222 Remington does it for me on all aspects of that cartridge.

June 1, 2007, 11:45 AM
.222 all day long!
.22LR for close work is fine, its cheaper to shoot, but the rainbow trajectory is a pain past 100 yards.

Dave Haven
June 1, 2007, 07:27 PM
And never forget that the .222 was once the king of benchrest shooting.And Gale Mcmillan set a record with it (.009" 5-shot group @ 100 yards) in July, 1973 that still stands.:)

June 5, 2007, 02:54 PM
.222 by far........Essex

Quickdraw Limpsalot
June 5, 2007, 03:18 PM
.222 is best suited to the task, with the .22 Hornet coming in right behind it.

Charles S
June 5, 2007, 03:27 PM
I would use the 222 and take the 22 Hornet as a backup.

The triple duce is an excellent varmint round.

June 5, 2007, 03:31 PM
has anyone recommended the .222? ;) after all, that is what it was made for

June 5, 2007, 03:42 PM
.222 no question, and TPAW they actually made a 55 grain spitzer for the ole 06