I have shot my fair share of gophers (smaller than PD's) with .22 and have established a good understanding of the effectivness based on range (for me and my
. These numbers are base on a wind speed of sub 3 mph off a bipod and using American Eagle ammo.
100-125 yards... Average shells per gopher is 1.3.
150-175 yards... Average shells per gopher is 2.3.
At 200-225 yards. Average shells per gopher goes up to 4.
The farthest I ever shot a gopher was 304 yards but that took 8 shots.
Alot depends on the ammo, I have found CCI to be significantly faster and better at long range but I would rather just shoot the cheep stuff and save money for the centerfires.
So my answer to your question is that if someone tells me that they shot a gopher at 125 yards I would consider it long range. If more than 200 I would say Ultra long range. It seems that it gets exponentially harder to hit them with .22 as range increases. I usually pass them up if over 175 and use a bigger gun [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]