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Old 06-16-2009, 12:25 PM
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Im looking to get a cheap varmint set up - most likely a NEF Handi single shot. I don't reload and all of my shots will be under 200 yards on ground hogs rabbits or fox - not worried about the pelts. What is the cheapest round to use in the 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 22-250, 204 area?
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:30 PM
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59f - The NEF is an inexpensive rifle with a lousy finish, butt heavy stock and they are a bit on the ugly side. But they can really shoot. Probably by far, the cheapest to shoot (centerfire) would be the .223. And that would be just the ticket for what you plan on using it for. Good luck.
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:12 PM
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I 2nd the .223. it's perfect for your needs and is very cheap andf very accurate.
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:42 PM
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yea from the little research I could conjer up it seemed the 223 and 22-250 were the cheapest. Im not owrried about finish or looks in this case - im more of a function over form type. If it shoots well and I can afford it - IM in. Any one else have any experience with the Handi's? Good reputation for accuracy? worth the money or stay clear of them.
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:41 PM
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i owned a 270 handi rifle for 5 years, it shot great and i got a deer every year with it. i sold it to my brother inlaw last year, only because i saw their new surviver with bull barrel in 308 and a thumb hole stock. had to have it and its a keeper too, got a deer last year with it and will shoot 1 inch groups or less at 100 yds. with federal 150 grain. i highly reccomend them, now my 270 i had shot best with 130 grain remington corloct, my brother inlaw is a winchester fan but when he tried those his groups opened up to about 2 1/2 inches, he went back to remington now their at slightly over 1 inch. their great guns for the money, and will serve you several lifetimes if you take of them. just like any gun tho they will like certain loads, i got lucky with my 308 the first loads i tried was the federals they shoot great, didn't do to hot in my 270 but the rems. did.
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:39 PM
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What about a stevens 200? Theyre about 300$ and come in 223.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:29 PM
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The Handi-Rifle is a good little rifle for the money, and the .223 will be the least expensive ammo to shoot and do an excellent job under the conditions you stated. My suggestion would be that you strongly consider not skimping on the glass you put on it. Good scopes start at about $150 and go up from there, and yes, you do get what you pay for 99% of the time. I'm not saying that you must put a $700 scope on a $200 rifle, but I'd recommend that you plan to spend as much on the scope as the rifle. I'd suggest you look at the mid-range Bushnell (Elite 3200 series) or Nikon (Buckmaster or ProStaff).


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Old 06-17-2009, 04:35 PM
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223 will be the the cheapest way to go. But I like the 204 ruger or the 22-250 more.
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Old 06-18-2009, 06:33 AM
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I thought about the stevens but and pretty adamitly anti-plastic.I figured I never need that second shot realy fast on groundhogs so A bolt action is not that important. I thought about a nice savage but I don't think you can get them with wood for cheap. Alsothought about a marlin XL7W but havent seen one in person yet. I figure a handi in laminate thumbhole for around 300 is about the best deal I will get
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