- Jul 18, 2019
If you want trigger time, cheap ammo is the first place to look. You can pay off a gun easy by saving $0.25 each time you squeeze one off. I’d go 223 for center fire.
I'd recommend the 22lr as well.For everyone that says it’s cheap to shoot a 223, quick question. How often are you getting new barrels? Just wondering because on avg when I shoot my 22lr about 30-40 days a year, each time out I’m putting around 250-300rds down the tube or on avg 9,625rds a year through it. If accuracy falls off I just order a new barrel and put it on myself, no gunsmith needed to chamber or install.
My last 223 went to crap at about 3200rds.
I only have one year of really shooting my 22lr this much but it has considerably improved my accuracy. I bet I’m more accurate with my 22lr at 300yds then 80% of rifle hunters with their centerfire and my centerfire has become much easier to accurately shoot.
Also it’s nice to not have to reload hundreds of rounds every week or every other week.
same here.… before I bought a CZ I had the savage model 93, and bought my bro in law one too, and they are stupid accurate.... unbelievably so. they tell you exactly how you are executing shots, they shot one ragged hole @ 100yds if it's not windy.I use my .17 HMR as my trigger time rifle and try to shoot the smallest groups possible at 50 or 100 yards. It really allow me to work on my breathing and trigger squeezing mechanics and is very cheap to shoot.
I have a Savage B22FV that will hold sub-moa 5 shot groups at 100 yards with minimags. It’s unbelievable how accurate it is considering how little I paid for it.The reason I’m not leaning to a 22 is that I wonder how accurate a cheap one will be to 200-300 yards. I can pick up a used Ruger or Savage 223 for under $300 or so and it should shoot well based on reviews.
I don’t think a single person said 300 yard varmint gun or even that the op is looking for that. We are talking trigger time and shooting a ton, how cheap is 9,000rds of 223 a year reloading or what is the time spent doing it? How many barrels is that in a year?If you reloading the buy a 223 Rem, cheap to reload & to buy factory ammo.
Don't bother with a .22 or .17 rimfire for varmints at 300 yards. The 223 has cheap factory ammo if your not in the mood to reload or get too busy for it.
Can still shoot deer with it so it can become a varmint/deer/target rifle.
I don't know about the rest of the people who touted the 22 lr as a 300 yard range varmint gun, but for me it's not the best tool in the chest for that task. You'll be reloading so ammo cost's won't be much of an issue. Only reason to buy a rimfire is for target practice at short ranges. Unless you like the idea of wounding animals to die a slow and painful death as target practice.
If your going to kill it, kill it. Don't take cheap shots at game with a pea shooter at that distance even if it's a varmint.
If you wanted to spend a little more, I'd say buy a 6.5 Grendel Howa Mini. Would be a lot more fun reloading with the selection of bullets.