Best centrefire cartridges for small game
A roundup of the best cartridges on the market for varmints
With increased velocities and downrange energy extending viable shooting distances to 500 metres and beyond, centrefire cartridges elevate small-game and varmint hunting to a whole other level. Selecting the appropriate cartridge is a matter of identifying your needs, including the species you’ll be hunting and the distances at which you expect to shoot.
The bulk of the centrefire varmint family of cartridges share a common trait: all are based on .22-calibre projectiles. Well, .224-inch bullets to be precise. There are really three classes of .22-calibre cartridges: short, medium and long range.