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bmx
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I use a Bushmaster Varminter with a custom 24 inch heavy barrel and a really sweet 1 pound trigger. The gun has been tweaked and tuned by a retired Marine Corps armour. The current scope is a Weaver 20X Grandslam variable with a 1/8 inch dot.

The hand loads are 60 grain match bullets, 24.5 grains of Benchmark, adjusted for daily temperature, and Lapua brass.
the load chronos at 2950 fps.

I use a brass catcher bag when ever I'm shooting my good Lapua brass. When I don't care about the brass I don't use the bag.

I have made a "sissy plate" for shooting off the bench using a noraml front rest and rear bag. This plate keeps the rifle aligned and guides the recoil straight back. I also use a 3 pound weight in the stock cavity when shooting off of the bench.

For field shooting I take the sissy plate off and remove the stock weight.

This gun has shot many "witnessed" 3 shot groups in the .061 to .088 range and numerious groups in the ".100's" shooting off of the bench.

This rifle is sudden death as a varmint rifle for p-dogs, groudhogs and coyotes. I like the quick second shot available with the gas gun. Although I have killed deer with it I feel that a .22 cal is too light for reliable deer hunting.

The AR can be made into a great varmint rifle or left alone and used for a great truck gun and/or home defense weapon. As an earlier poster mentioned just pull the pins and change the upper and you can have whatever you want in about 2 minutes.

I have switched my Varminter top end with my 16 inch top end several times and both "new" rifles will maintain point of impact and can be returned to original configuration without issues.

JER
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Larue Tactical is the only game in town when it comes to mouting optics on ARs.
chuckw2
Reply with quote  #11 
Guys,

I think the AR is THE perfect varmnint gun. Hell if I were liminted to only one gun and one gun forever it would be the AR.

I shoot a lot of PD's, while my friends with fancy single shots are trying to load another round, I will have four or five dogs down.


Fast second shots count when you are shooting small dogs in the wind.

Plus I can buy ok .223 ammo to shoot dogs, no reloading. Try that with a tight neck BRX..


The AR is one of the greatest works of art of our century!!!






JER
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Originally Posted by chuckw2
Guys,

I think the AR is THE perfect varmnint gun. Hell if I were liminted to only one gun and one gun forever it would be the AR.

I shoot a lot of PD's, while my friends with fancy single shots are trying to load another round, I will have four or five dogs down.


Fast second shots count when you are shooting small dogs in the wind.

Plus I can buy ok .223 ammo to shoot dogs, no reloading. Try that with a tight neck BRX..


The AR is one of the greatest works of art of our century!!!

I'm not a verminter, but it is hard to overlook the overwhelming advantages an accurate AR has over a bolt gun when lots of targets need to be shot in a small amount of time.

Agree completely that if I was limited to one rifle it would be an AR, and that it is truly a rifle that is ahead of its time still today.
chuckw2
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JER is obviously a man of very discriminating taste when it comes to weapons.


I like to walk around the area while shooting the vicious ground squirrels... The AR with a bi pod and a sling = number one dog killer...



The best thing about an AR is the fast follow up shot.. You can see where your first shot hit make corrections for the second shot and let the little beast have it.


By the time you have reloaded a bolt rig for the second shot the dog is long gone.

Most of my shooting is between 25 yards and 400 yards...I am there to put the lead in the air, to heck with the 1000 yard kill that takes you 25 shots..



Reply with quote  #14 
I shoot a Colt Accurized Rifle with a JP single-stage trigger/lightweight hammer. Best varmint rifle I have ever owned for shooting heavily populated 'dog towns and moving 'yotes. I use either a Harris bipod or a ruck, never bother with benchrest style equipment for shooting varmints.

This rifle is superbly accurate and yields groups in the one tenth range with a selected handload when shooting from a bench with a mechanical rest and rear bag.

Is the AR a great varmint platform? You betcha!
shcal
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I have never shot an AR15 rifle but I am interested in all of your comments about this platform for varmints. Have any of you tried the 6.5mm Grendel from Alexander Arms for shooting varmints?
Thanks, shcal.
chuckw2
Reply with quote  #16 
Shcal,


The 6.5 grendal might have too much recoil, you want to be able to see your bullet hit... It might wear you out to shoot 600 or 700 rounds of any 6.5.... Get a .223 with a bbl twist that will the 80 grain bullets, I still shoot mostly 40 to 55 grain bullets, the big long , high BC bullets will not fit into a AR mag.

You need a BIG 30 round mag....


Chuck
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