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i'm looking at buying a 22-250 for long range shooting but i don't know what brand/model to get for the best accuracy, i'd also like a scope with distance and wind compensations that can pick up small game at around 700 yards without either the rifle or scope being overly expensive, any help is appreciated.

from Damon Schwarz on 04.12.10

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from BFrank wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I am the proud owner of the stevens 22-250 with a 3-9x40 bushnell scope on it. It is also outfitted with a bipod and sling. I am quite fond of this firearm and have picked-off many of groundhog and played my had in cyote hunting with it over the past year. Looking at upgrading the scope as the 3-9x40 hardly does it justice for my likeings. I plan to do more upgrades with the trigger and such over the next year or two as I am mearly a college student with limmited funds. But overall my experience with it leads me to believe it is a very dependable rifle.

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from huntingfreak wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

I got a remington model 700 varmit with a heavy barrel, coyotes hate that gun. It is a bit heavy but man alive can it shoot a tight group. I use a Bushnell elite with 24 magnification. Love that gun.

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from cgull wrote 4 years 6 hours ago

Savage rifles are some of the best low priced rifles made today. I'd go with an ER Shaw custom barrel, these start at a little over 600. Not a bad price for a cusotom barrel. Then put a Bushnell DOA or a Nikon both made for long shots with wind.

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from sniperpro wrote 4 years 1 day ago

well i am glad there is such a good group of guys here i am usally really careful because a lot of people get affended by the smallest stuff. but i am glad to see this is not the case here :) on the trigger pull there is a way to file down the mechanics but it i wouldn't do it because i have heard if you drop the gun it can go off really easly. so basicaly no i wouldn't mess with it

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from Damon Schwarz wrote 4 years 5 days ago

thanks for everything, sniperpro, i have a BSA mil dot 4-16x40 scope that i love, only it just has the mil dots, not actual compensations, and i paid just 100 for it at gander mountain. i also have a .223 stevens, very good gun, quick question, if the trigger pull's too hard, is there any way that i can lower it on my own?

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from Stephen08 wrote 4 years 5 days ago

I have a savage model 110 that I love. It is my coyote rifle and it has never let me down.

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from Old Salts wrote 4 years 5 days ago

sniperpro +1 for you!

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from Old Salts wrote 4 years 5 days ago

sniperpro

not to be rude?

NOT AT ALL!

I don't have any knowledge of the Stevens line except the Stevens 22 my Father had. As for scopes you don't have to worry about a scope having an allergic reaction as for recoil compared to my 338 Win Mag as one of my Weavers did. LOL! Looked like like a 5 pound sledge hammer went thru it and the crosshairs were all broke and twisted up.

On thing you must keep in mind what I've found out dealing with the number of shooters I have come in contact with, you get what you pay for so perhaps waiting a month or three to save up a couple of more dollars is well worth the wait!

sniperpro, by the way please jump in anytime NO JOKE!

Call this a round table discussion were nobody is the head of the table except the Almighty above! And if I say something you think I'm wrong or don't understand, by all means say something PLEASE !!!

73's

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from sniperpro wrote 4 years 6 days ago

well that is some really good advice "old salts" but i would like to put in my two cents. i looked at getting a 22-250 (and still do just need some $$$) i went to sportsmens and talked to the manager (it was a slow day and we talked for like an hour) i was looking a the stevens 22-250 and he was telling me that if you glass bed the stock and get a new trigger it would shoot just as good as a remington 700 now i don't know that for sure but he did say he builds guns and mods them out as a hobby so i am thinking he is pretty noligable with that kinda stuff so the rifle it's self is around $300 plus a new trigger which he said i could get off the internet for like $65 bucks with shipping and he said it was very easy to istall. he said the glass bed would be around $50 and i could do that by myself too. so if you add that up 300+65+50= $415 for the rifle now for the scope i would personly look at BSA they have some awsome products for the averege guy who just wants somthing that works i bet you could get a pretty nice scope that will have everything you need for about 150-200 dollars oh and i would look on ebay for that kinda stuff some times you can find an awsome deal. :) so i hoped this helped and not to be rude causs i am sure it happens but i have yet to have my range finder fail me plus it sounds like you just want to go shoot some ground squirrels or a coyote so if your range finder messes up you can always take it back i mean it's not like sombody is going to get hurt if your range finder is skrewed up for a shot.

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from Old Salts wrote 4 years 6 days ago

Something else to think of. Learn to shoot in NRA kneeling and sitting position. If you can learn how to use the Military 1 1/4 inch sling, you can really excel in your shooting abilities. Very seldom even at close range do I take a shot standing, either kneeling or sitting.

Here's a link that may help.

http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/high-power-rifle-sitting-practice...

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from Damon Schwarz wrote 4 years 6 days ago

i see your point, thanks :D

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from Old Salts wrote 4 years 6 days ago

By the way, my 22-250 is sighted in at 150 yards and I subconsciously without thought elevate and allow for windage then telegraph those long shots with deadly accuracy.

Just food for thought :)

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from Old Salts wrote 4 years 6 days ago

Take it from this 2nd Generation High Power Shooter retired in 95, when you get past 300 you become more and more at the mercy of the wind and any thing past 300 starts to rainbow. I've shot a many varmints out to 750 with the 22-250, but if you get a little wind? O'BROTHER! Besides, learning to shoot the cartridge by learning the basics and building on your Marksmanship will make you a far better shooter than relying on range finders, shooting sticks and knobs for elevation and windage.

So whats is your bottom line?

Technology or skill?

Sure, I have two rifles M1 Garand and M1A with elevation and windage knobs I can hit "MOC" ("Minute of Coffee Can")at 1000 yards with open sights back in 95. Don't know about now, not in the physical shape and now use reading glasses. Getting old really sucks, but I'm not going to let that stand in my way of doing things, just got to take it a little slower. LOL! What I'm really getting at, one needs to build on knowledge and skill and learn how to use the two enough so it becomes second nature instead of relying on crutches.

Reminds me of a Fella who went down to the Bahamas on a Scuba Diving trip after completing his Scuba classes. During his first dive, his dive computer crashed and claimed he couldn't dive anymore. Because of it and he believed the manufacture should pay for his trip and pay for another. The Manufacturer asked how come he cannot make dives and figure the dive tables manually as a certified diver which is required to be certified diver. Of course he lost the case based on that alone.

I hope you see my point here to build on skill rather than rely on technology. Besides, what would happen if you range finder took a dump like this Fellas dive computer, what then?

73's!

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from Damon Schwarz wrote 4 years 6 days ago

i was looking more for the distance compensations at 700 then the wind but i understand :)

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from Damon Schwarz wrote 4 years 6 days ago

thanks old salts for everything :) i'll have to look into that 700 BDL

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from Old Salts wrote 4 years 6 days ago

I have a Remington 700BDL and it's on it's third barrel if that doesn't tell you anything. Bought it when I was 18 and shot more deer with it than all my rifle combined. I've settled using Hornady 55 grain soft point W/C with 35.0 grains of Winchester 748 and it's a tack driver. Allot of 22-250 shooters go with heavier barrels Varmint and bull barrels, but the 22-250 barrel in a sporter is the equivalent as a varmint 30 cal varmint barrel. My Remington is topped with an old Nichols 3x9 widefield and I'm totally satisfied with it. The stock on the rifle shows 36 years of rough hunting, glass bedded which I do recommend instead of a heavier barrel. As for wind out to 700 yards, LOL! Your little pill on steroids are at the mercy of the wind regardless of what you do!! YA"BUDDY! If your worrying that much about the wind, I suggest the 25-06 with 100-117 grain bullets.

Bottom line, if I was you, I would get a 4-12 power without the fancy knobs, sight it in at 200-225 yards and just learn how to shoot it using good old fashion Kentucky windage! All jokes asides, soon you will be amazed on your abilities!!!!

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from sniperpro wrote 4 years 6 days ago

well that is some really good advice "old salts" but i would like to put in my two cents. i looked at getting a 22-250 (and still do just need some $$$) i went to sportsmens and talked to the manager (it was a slow day and we talked for like an hour) i was looking a the stevens 22-250 and he was telling me that if you glass bed the stock and get a new trigger it would shoot just as good as a remington 700 now i don't know that for sure but he did say he builds guns and mods them out as a hobby so i am thinking he is pretty noligable with that kinda stuff so the rifle it's self is around $300 plus a new trigger which he said i could get off the internet for like $65 bucks with shipping and he said it was very easy to istall. he said the glass bed would be around $50 and i could do that by myself too. so if you add that up 300+65+50= $415 for the rifle now for the scope i would personly look at BSA they have some awsome products for the averege guy who just wants somthing that works i bet you could get a pretty nice scope that will have everything you need for about 150-200 dollars oh and i would look on ebay for that kinda stuff some times you can find an awsome deal. :) so i hoped this helped and not to be rude causs i am sure it happens but i have yet to have my range finder fail me plus it sounds like you just want to go shoot some ground squirrels or a coyote so if your range finder messes up you can always take it back i mean it's not like sombody is going to get hurt if your range finder is skrewed up for a shot.

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from Old Salts wrote 4 years 5 days ago

sniperpro +1 for you!

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from Old Salts wrote 4 years 6 days ago

I have a Remington 700BDL and it's on it's third barrel if that doesn't tell you anything. Bought it when I was 18 and shot more deer with it than all my rifle combined. I've settled using Hornady 55 grain soft point W/C with 35.0 grains of Winchester 748 and it's a tack driver. Allot of 22-250 shooters go with heavier barrels Varmint and bull barrels, but the 22-250 barrel in a sporter is the equivalent as a varmint 30 cal varmint barrel. My Remington is topped with an old Nichols 3x9 widefield and I'm totally satisfied with it. The stock on the rifle shows 36 years of rough hunting, glass bedded which I do recommend instead of a heavier barrel. As for wind out to 700 yards, LOL! Your little pill on steroids are at the mercy of the wind regardless of what you do!! YA"BUDDY! If your worrying that much about the wind, I suggest the 25-06 with 100-117 grain bullets.

Bottom line, if I was you, I would get a 4-12 power without the fancy knobs, sight it in at 200-225 yards and just learn how to shoot it using good old fashion Kentucky windage! All jokes asides, soon you will be amazed on your abilities!!!!

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from Damon Schwarz wrote 4 years 6 days ago

thanks old salts for everything :) i'll have to look into that 700 BDL

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from Damon Schwarz wrote 4 years 6 days ago

i was looking more for the distance compensations at 700 then the wind but i understand :)

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from Old Salts wrote 4 years 6 days ago

Take it from this 2nd Generation High Power Shooter retired in 95, when you get past 300 you become more and more at the mercy of the wind and any thing past 300 starts to rainbow. I've shot a many varmints out to 750 with the 22-250, but if you get a little wind? O'BROTHER! Besides, learning to shoot the cartridge by learning the basics and building on your Marksmanship will make you a far better shooter than relying on range finders, shooting sticks and knobs for elevation and windage.

So whats is your bottom line?

Technology or skill?

Sure, I have two rifles M1 Garand and M1A with elevation and windage knobs I can hit "MOC" ("Minute of Coffee Can")at 1000 yards with open sights back in 95. Don't know about now, not in the physical shape and now use reading glasses. Getting old really sucks, but I'm not going to let that stand in my way of doing things, just got to take it a little slower. LOL! What I'm really getting at, one needs to build on knowledge and skill and learn how to use the two enough so it becomes second nature instead of relying on crutches.

Reminds me of a Fella who went down to the Bahamas on a Scuba Diving trip after completing his Scuba classes. During his first dive, his dive computer crashed and claimed he couldn't dive anymore. Because of it and he believed the manufacture should pay for his trip and pay for another. The Manufacturer asked how come he cannot make dives and figure the dive tables manually as a certified diver which is required to be certified diver. Of course he lost the case based on that alone.

I hope you see my point here to build on skill rather than rely on technology. Besides, what would happen if you range finder took a dump like this Fellas dive computer, what then?

73's!

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from Old Salts wrote 4 years 6 days ago

By the way, my 22-250 is sighted in at 150 yards and I subconsciously without thought elevate and allow for windage then telegraph those long shots with deadly accuracy.

Just food for thought :)

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from Damon Schwarz wrote 4 years 6 days ago

i see your point, thanks :D

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from Old Salts wrote 4 years 6 days ago

Something else to think of. Learn to shoot in NRA kneeling and sitting position. If you can learn how to use the Military 1 1/4 inch sling, you can really excel in your shooting abilities. Very seldom even at close range do I take a shot standing, either kneeling or sitting.

Here's a link that may help.

http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/high-power-rifle-sitting-practice...

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from Old Salts wrote 4 years 5 days ago

sniperpro

not to be rude?

NOT AT ALL!

I don't have any knowledge of the Stevens line except the Stevens 22 my Father had. As for scopes you don't have to worry about a scope having an allergic reaction as for recoil compared to my 338 Win Mag as one of my Weavers did. LOL! Looked like like a 5 pound sledge hammer went thru it and the crosshairs were all broke and twisted up.

On thing you must keep in mind what I've found out dealing with the number of shooters I have come in contact with, you get what you pay for so perhaps waiting a month or three to save up a couple of more dollars is well worth the wait!

sniperpro, by the way please jump in anytime NO JOKE!

Call this a round table discussion were nobody is the head of the table except the Almighty above! And if I say something you think I'm wrong or don't understand, by all means say something PLEASE !!!

73's

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from Stephen08 wrote 4 years 5 days ago

I have a savage model 110 that I love. It is my coyote rifle and it has never let me down.

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from Damon Schwarz wrote 4 years 5 days ago

thanks for everything, sniperpro, i have a BSA mil dot 4-16x40 scope that i love, only it just has the mil dots, not actual compensations, and i paid just 100 for it at gander mountain. i also have a .223 stevens, very good gun, quick question, if the trigger pull's too hard, is there any way that i can lower it on my own?

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from sniperpro wrote 4 years 1 day ago

well i am glad there is such a good group of guys here i am usally really careful because a lot of people get affended by the smallest stuff. but i am glad to see this is not the case here :) on the trigger pull there is a way to file down the mechanics but it i wouldn't do it because i have heard if you drop the gun it can go off really easly. so basicaly no i wouldn't mess with it

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from cgull wrote 4 years 6 hours ago

Savage rifles are some of the best low priced rifles made today. I'd go with an ER Shaw custom barrel, these start at a little over 600. Not a bad price for a cusotom barrel. Then put a Bushnell DOA or a Nikon both made for long shots with wind.

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from huntingfreak wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

I got a remington model 700 varmit with a heavy barrel, coyotes hate that gun. It is a bit heavy but man alive can it shoot a tight group. I use a Bushnell elite with 24 magnification. Love that gun.

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from BFrank wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I am the proud owner of the stevens 22-250 with a 3-9x40 bushnell scope on it. It is also outfitted with a bipod and sling. I am quite fond of this firearm and have picked-off many of groundhog and played my had in cyote hunting with it over the past year. Looking at upgrading the scope as the 3-9x40 hardly does it justice for my likeings. I plan to do more upgrades with the trigger and such over the next year or two as I am mearly a college student with limmited funds. But overall my experience with it leads me to believe it is a very dependable rifle.

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