Varmint Hunting: 22-250 Rem by John A. Nosler

John A Nosler Varmint Hunting

The .22-250 Remington is among my favorite cartridges for long range varmint shooting, having used it in its various forms over the past fifty years. 

Originally based on the 250-3000 Savage, this highly accurate, twenty-two caliber wildcat was standardized by Remington in the mid-sixties.  I don’t consider the .22-250 a dependable deer cartridge, even though it will penetrate plate steel better than the .30-06.  The lack of bullet weight really limits this and .22s to coyote sized animals.

In Central Oregon, we have some excellent rock chuck shooting with the added bonus of a healthy coyote population.  This is heaven for the .22-250. 

A good friend of mine, who also has the incurable addiction for shooting chucks, was recently with me at my favorite shady spot doing what varmint hunters love to do best. 


Give me a well-tuned rifle in .22-250, set me loose in varmint country and you’ll see where this cartridge really shines!

- John A. Nosler

We had one rock wall full of rock chucks at about 100 yards and another, out past 300 yards totally covered with the big brutes.  I was shooting my favorite .22-250; my buddy was shooting his pet .223. After felling some fifty chucks, we took a breather and ate a sandwich.   

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During this quiet time, my friend spotted a white rock embedded near the top of the 300-plus-yard wall.  After a little spirited conversation, my friend finally bet a fancy dinner that I couldn’t dust that little white rock.  The sporting man that I am, I upped the ante to include drinks if I could nail it on the first shot.  After much care resting my rifle, I squeezed the trigger and … the dust flew!  Boy, that good old .22-250 continues to amaze me.


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By: John A. Nosler