View Full Version : Varmint Rifles

01-12-2011, 6:23 PM
Hello CalGunners. Okay, so haven't seen a thread for this. I know there are rimfire varmint hunters out there...so let's see your varmint hunting creations. Here is my Savage Mark I FVT .22LR with a TruGlo 36x44 fixed scope mounted using Leupold bases and rings and with my own backyard camouflage job. I call it the "Sand Viper".





So, I've shown you what I got, let's see what y'all got. Also, please specify what you hunt (if you do) and what brand and specific bullet type which you like to use for your quarry.

Stay frosty people.


01-14-2011, 11:59 PM
I know only 5% of California hunts, but seriously? No responses? Nobody out there uses a rimfire to plink varmints?

01-21-2011, 6:49 PM
I do. I use a 1967 Browning t-bolt & a Savage 93r17.

Old Scribe
01-21-2011, 9:29 PM
I hunt coyotes using a mini 14...a very old one.

02-26-2011, 7:57 AM
I use this for squirrels and wabbits, and the occasional crow. MiniMags have served me well. I stay within 150 yards with this one.


02-26-2011, 8:19 AM
For rabbits and ground squirrels under 150yds I'll use my CZ 452 in .17hm2 with a Leupold 3-9x33 EFR, for coyotes, bobcats or long distance squirrels it's a Remington VSSF with a 4.5-14x40.
You may get more responses in the hunting fourm.

02-26-2011, 8:45 AM
these are the two main rifles i take out for vermin -
10/22 dsp, GM 20" barrel, floated, bedded, trigger, innards, etc

CZ 452 American 17HMR - Blonde Maple - Nikon Buckmasters 4.5-14x40SF

04-08-2011, 5:33 PM

04-08-2011, 5:39 PM
My Varmint & Predator Rifles

Tikka T3 Lite in 223

Marlin 60 SS 22 LR

04-15-2011, 7:09 PM
no pix at the moment ,but...i have the CZ452 American and a Ruger M77/22 with a Voltquartsen .17HMR barrel conversion on it. both are 'tack drivers'.

mine looks like Mkanes's, shown above... only mine wears a Leupold RF scope...:):cheers2:

04-15-2011, 7:15 PM
Sorry, no pics, but I use a very old Remington 510 (I think). It's single shot bolt, that used to be, and possibly still is, called the "Remington Boy's Rifle" You got squirrels? Which eye would you like them shot through? I'm talkin' 50 -60 yds.; I take 4 or 5 every trip to the mailbox.

04-15-2011, 7:22 PM
Savage BTV .17 HMR--Very accurate! 6x18x40 Nikon Buckmasters w/ side focus.


http://s015.radikal.ru/i332/1104/1c/db1f0b00c0f1.jpg (http://www.radikal.ru)

04-23-2011, 2:20 AM
My 510.

pennys dad
04-23-2011, 4:49 AM
I like the camo, the name fits it well, it did look scaly

04-24-2011, 10:24 PM
Savage 93 .17hmr. Squirrels hate this rifle :43:


Mike A
04-26-2011, 7:16 PM
ParaFrame, that 510 is all you'll ever need!

I use a G2 T-C Contender Carbine in .22 LR "Match" format with a Redfield 2 3/4X scope for ground squirrels in broken country like the coastal hills where shots are close and an old Savage 4M bolt action .22WRM with a Nikon 4X where the ranges are a little longer. Find that the "SGB Flatnose" .22LR bullets, either the factory ones or the ones I make, work fine at reasonable ranges, the old original Super X 40 gr. .22WRM hollowpoints are what the Savage likes.

California ground squirrels, the coastal variety that are the size of a tree squirrel, need to be hit in the upper 1/3 of their body to kill them on the spot. (The "upper" the better! Right in the bean is the best.) The little desert Antelope or "gopher" kinds are easier to kill, but harder to hit.