With Varmint hunting season right around the corner, now is the time to get ready for the upcoming season. Whether you plan on hunting squirrels, prairie dogs, or coyotes, a good varmint gun is absolutely a necessity. We’ll discuss five guns for varmint season from various manufacturers that you can count on.
The Tikka T3X is at the top of my list, maybe because I have a little thing for Tikkas. The smooth action and out of the box accuracy are perfect for hitting small targets. Available in both right or left-handed, the T3X has all the features for accuracy that varmint hunters could want such as free-floated heavy barrel, an impressive trigger, an integrated scope mounting rail, and it is available in most popular varmint calibers.
The T3X also features an interchangeable pistol grip to adjust the grip to the shooter’s liking. Tikka also uses barrels with aggressive twist rates, which will allow you to shoot a wide range of ammunition. The Tikka T3X has a 1 MOA accuracy guarantee that will give you the confidence you need when pursuing whatever you’re after, you can find them right here (link ) on Guns.com.
There is a lot of varmint hunting that can be done with a rimfire, and the Savage 93R17 is a great option for those who want to hunt on the cheap. Chambered in 17HMR, the Savage 93 is excellent for taking down rodents large or small. The rifle comes in almost too many different models to mention, there is sure to be one that fits your style and taste. It’s detachable box magazine holds five cartridges, and features a 21 inch 9 twist barrel.
These rifles are well known for shooting very accurately. Thanks to a clean breaking trigger, and a wide selection of different ammunition. The rifle is available in both blued and stainless models, as well as a camo patterned finish. Some models are available with iron sights, while others come with scope bases installed to mount your choice of optical sight. Whether you want a synthetic stock, or a gorgeous wood laminate, there is a Savage 93 for you.
Any list of guns would be wrong if it didn’t feature at least one version of America’s favorite rifle. Even more so when chambered in the varmint hunting standard, the 223 Remington. For hunting coyotes, rabbits, and any other fast-moving varmints, the M&P15 gives fast shots, with even faster follow-ups. The carbine length barrels make the rifle very handy to maneuver with, getting in and out of vehicles and blinds with ease.
If shooting multiple targets is part of your routine, then the various magazine capacities will leave you spoiled for choice. The modularity of the rifle gives the user countless options to customize for your hunt. Like its adjustable buttstock, interchangeable accessories, and a flat-top Picatinny rail for mounting your scope or other sighting devices. Another benefit to the AR style rifle is future upgrades, everybody likes upgrades.
The 22-250 is considered by many to be the king of varmint cartridges. Another one of the five guns for varmint season is the Ruger American bolt action rifle is a great platform to shoot it from. With a 22 inch 8 twist barrel, you can shoot some of the heavier .224 bullets to add some distance to your varmint hunting. Its light weight, and shorter barrel will make it quick to get on target.
The American features a tang mounted safety, an adjustable trigger, and a free floated barrel. The latter two help give the American its accuracy potential, and with the included scope base you’ll have your scope mounted and hunting in no time. This Ruger weighs in at just over six and a half pounds. This makes it ideal for hunts that require long hikes. At $399.30 it is also very affordable.
Don’t rule out pistols for varmint hunting. The Taurus TX22 is a bit of a game-changer for 22 pistols. With an outstanding trigger, striker firing mechanism, and 16+1 magazines, the TX22 is ready to put squirrels in the pot. The pistol is available with or without a safety (ambi). It also has a reversible mag release for left-handed shooters, it also has adjustable sights.
The TX22 is well known for devouring brick after brick of cheap 22Lr ammo, which should strike fear into any varmints heart. It’s super light-weight with a polymer frame, and suppressor ready barrel, it makes an excellent suppressor host for more clandestine hunts.