OK all, in the interest of generating some discussion, I need some help selecting a varmint rifle.
I'm trying to complete a 3 Gun Battery for all North American hunting. So far I have a .338 Win Mag and a 30-06. Now I need something for the lighter end. I've selected the .223 as my varmint caliber and need help deciding between two platforms.
The first is a bolt action. Either a Used Ruger with a laminated stock and a sporter barrel, stainless, for weather durability. If I can't find that on the Used rack I'll look for a new Tikka in stainless with a fluted heavy barrel. The next option is a Winchester 1885 Single Shot.
This is a small game rifle where coyotes are the biggest thing taken. I will admit to a prejudice towards the 1885. It's classy looking, has better resale value in my opinion, and I want one. My only question is, what are the negatives and cons of using a single shot as a varmint rifle? Is it feasible?
I have other rifles in various calibers but this would be for my 3 Gun Battery if I only had to select three. Anything the .270 Win can do I can accomplish with the 30-06. The .338 gives me, with my loads, a little more range and power. I already have an AR so I'm covered there. This rifle will be for shooting coyotes out to 400 or 500 Yards but generally closer. What say you all? Give me the pros and cons as I'm interested in hearing them.