.20 VarTarg

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.20 VarTarg
Type Rifle
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designer Todd Kindler
Parent case .221 Remington Fireball
Bullet diameter .204 in (5.2 mm)
Neck diameter .233 in (5.9 mm)
Shoulder diameter .361 in (9.2 mm)
Base diameter .376 in (9.6 mm)
Rim diameter .378 in (9.6 mm)
Rim thickness .045 in (1.1 mm)
Case length 1.395 in (35.4 mm)
Overall length 1.855 in (47.1 mm)
Primer type Small rifle
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
32 gr (2 g) Sierra 3,973 ft/s (1,211 m/s) 1,122 ft·lbf (1,521 J)
40 gr (3 g) V-Max 3,392 ft/s (1,034 m/s) 1,022 ft·lbf (1,386 J)
Source(s): Accurate Powders [1]

The .20 VarTarg is a wildcat centerfire rifle cartridge, based on the .221 Remington Fireball case, necked down to fire a 5.2 millimetres (0.204 in) bullet. The VarTarg is most popular with varmint hunters because it provides good range (up to 300 meters) and uses relatively little powder, so the rifle barrel doesn't heat up quite as fast. The diminutive VarTarg pushes the 2.1 grams (32 gr) projectiles over into the 1,140 metres per second (3,750 ft/s) range with much less powder than is used by the .204 Ruger. The VarTarg achieves this performance by using fast, high-energy propellants.

The name VarTarg is a portmanteau of varmint and target.

There is also a .20 VarTarg Turbo based on the .222 Remington

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 20 Vartarg vs Accurate only 2.xls