Varmint Hunting Gear Guide

Varmint Guide 2010

A roundup of some great gear to pair with your AR varmint hunting rifle

1. Pair your AR with the new M-223 from Nikon, a scope that delivers 95 percent light transmission and is engineered to match .223 ballistics. The 3-12x42 version has side-focus parallax adjustment and is available with the new BDC 600 reticle or Nikoplex reticle with the new Rapid Action Turret (shown). $430 (Nikoplex), $450 (BDC).


2. Winchester's Fragmenting Varmint load is a new no-lead offering in the Ballistic Silvertip line. Featuring a fragmenting copper core, gilding metal jacket and a plastic tip, the loads—both with 35-grain bullets—include a .223 Rem. at 3,800 fps muzzle velocity and a .22-250 Rem. at 4,200 fps



3. Keep your guns running right with proper lubrication. The RIG Rag comes already coated with RIG Universal grease, making it great for field or shop use. $11 at local sporting goods stores.

4. Three pieces of removable foam allow you to adjust the Blackhawk AR-15 cheek pad to get your eye in proper position for a scope or other optic. The outer shell is made of a nonslip material, and the pad has 3/4-inch straps and a 1/5-inch retaining strap. $23.


5. Uncle Mike's Trunk Organizer measures 12x41x22 inches, weighs 20 pounds and fits easily into a trunk or the back of an SUV. D-rings at the corners keep it secure, and two side-carry handles allow easy in/out. Includes four movable compartment dividers, two large front pockets and removable lid with attachment points for accessories. $166.


6. CCI's new lead-free TNT Green bullet is available in the .17 HMR. The 16-grain hollowpoint leaves the muzzle at 2,500 fps and promises the same explosive terminal performance as the leaded TNT bullet.

7. You'll love the resolution and the light-gathering power of the new Steiner 56mm Predators, which sport a unique lens coating that makes browns, reds and other animal colors more visible. The Predator C5 series features a rigid polycarbonate chassis and ergonomic styling. $949 (8x56), $999 (10x56).

8. Water and rip resistant, the Shooter's Ridge shooting mat is constructed of 600-denier nylon over 1/4-inch closed-cell foam and is double padded in the knee and elbow areas. The 781â'„2x27-inch mat has six grommets to secure it in windy conditions and rolls up to a seven-inch diameter.

9. The six-times magnification of Burris' SixX illuminated scope makes it great option for shots from in-your-face coyotes to distant groundhogs. Fully multicoated optics with Storm-Coat to fight rain and mist. 2-12x40 and 2-12x56 in either German 3P No. 4 illuminated or Ballistic Plex illuminated. Real-world price: $800–$900.

10. Having used the compact, five-inch Surefire LX2 Lumamax in the field, I can testify to its versatility. On low beam you get 15 lumens to hunt for things in a dark vehicle or see the ground at your feet. Mash the tailcap and you get an impressively strong, 200-lumen beam that really pushes back the night. Hard-anodized aluminum body with O-ring seals and stainless steel pocket clip. $195.

11. The new Otis Mongoose is the perfect field accessory, offering one-pass, pull-through cleaning with a combo brush and swab to keep your bore shooting well all day. It's available in .17, .25 and .30 calibers, and the .25 caliber version works for .223 and similar bores. $16 for a five-pack.

12. The no-lead, compressed metal-powder NTX bullet is now found in Hornady's Varmint Express line. The bullet's exterior is similar to the V-Max (with copper-colored polymer tip to differentiate it), and ballistics are likewise similar to comparable Varmint Express rounds. .17 Mach 2 (15.5 gr.), .17 HMR (15.5), .22 WMR (25), .204 Ruger (30) and .223 Rem. (45).

Recommended for You

The Hi-Point 10mm carbine, technically the 1095 TS, sports a 17.5-inch barrel, is 32 inches long and weighs seven pounds empty. Semi-Auto

Review: Hi-Point 1095 TS 10mm Carbine

James Tarr - April 04, 2019

The Hi-Point 10mm carbine, technically the 1095 TS, sports a 17.5-inch barrel, is 32 inches...

Ruger introduced .300 PRC and 6.5 PRC chamberings for the Ruger Precision Rifle. Bolt-Action

Ruger Precision Rifle Now Chambered in .300 PRC and 6.5 PRC

Rifleshooter Digital Staff - April 27, 2019

Ruger introduced .300 PRC and 6.5 PRC chamberings for the Ruger Precision Rifle.

A simple test shows how runout can affect the accuracy of your rounds. Shooting Tips

The Rundown on Runout

Joseph von Benedikt - May 13, 2019

A simple test shows how runout can affect the accuracy of your rounds.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Gun Clips with Joe Mantegna - BULLPUPS

Gun Clips with Joe Mantegna - BULLPUPS

Joe Mantegna talks about the origins of Bullpups.

RS Sako Finnlight II

RS Sako Finnlight II

The new Sako Finnlight II sports an innovative stock and Cerakote metal paired with the terrific 85 action.

Hornady 6MM Creedmoor

Hornady 6MM Creedmoor

Tom Beckstrand and Neal Emery of Hornady highlight the 6MM Creedmoor ammo.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Want to get into the long-range game and not go broke? Check out the Mossberg MVP Precision Rifle. Reviews

Review: Mossberg MVP Precision Rifle

J. Scott Rupp - March 21, 2019

Want to get into the long-range game and not go broke? Check out the Mossberg MVP Precision...

If you're a serious shooter with deep pockets, these Leica products are worthy of consideration. Accessories

Three Rangefinder Products from Leica

J. Scott Rupp - May 08, 2019

If you're a serious shooter with deep pockets, these Leica products are worthy of...

Big game hunters in search of an accurate, long-range rifle need look no further than Browning and the new X-Bolt Hell's Canyon Speed Long Range McMillan. Bolt-Action

New Browning X-Bolt Hell's Canyon Long Range McMillan Rifles

RifleShooter Online Staff - November 07, 2018

Big game hunters in search of an accurate, long-range rifle need look no further than Browning...

See More Stories

More Accessories

J. Scott Rupp takes a look at what's new in guns and gear. Accessories

New in Guns & Gear

J. Scott Rupp - October 12, 2018

J. Scott Rupp takes a look at what's new in guns and gear.

Birchwood Casey The Weekender

 The Weekender

I've been using the heck out of this kit at my Accessories

Essential Tools For A Rifle Shooter

J. Scott Rupp - August 24, 2018

Birchwood Casey The Weekender The Weekender I've been using the heck out of this kit at...

Krebs Custom's IMS system allows you to add a brake over its proprietary flash suppressor. Accessories

Technical Technology: Kreb's' Custom IMS System

David Fortier - March 28, 2018

Krebs Custom's IMS system allows you to add a brake over its proprietary flash suppressor.

See More Accessories

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×