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Old 07-09-2006, 11:07 AM
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223 Ground Hog \" How Far \"

Hi All
I just wanted to get some reply's on Ground hog kills with a 223. I killed one at 450 yards last week with one shot to the head. I missed one yesterday twice at 570 yards. I thought I hit him on the 2nd shot but diddn't find him. The Bean are getting tall here in VA. The place i'm hunting I can see a mile. I'm getting about 3125 fps with a 50 gr V MAX bullet. I know the sky's the limit with a head shot but what about a body shot.
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Old 07-09-2006, 06:50 PM
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Re: 223 Ground Hog \" How Far \"

I have killed MANY @ well over 350 yds with the tiny 40gr B-Tip fired from my custom .221FB. Your 223 should easily do the job in the mid 400's or better providing that the wind is favorable.

For shooting the 223 at extended ranges I would much prefer a heavy/high BC bullet over the 50 grainers. Just my 2 cents though.
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Old 07-09-2006, 07:05 PM
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Re: 223 Ground Hog \" How Far \"

I am shooting a .223 with 52 grain sierra hpbt at 3500 fps. Last week i shot a yellow-bellied marmot (ground hogs western cousin) at 573 yards with a single body shot. The bullets are quite explosive, but really get the job done. So the caliber will work, that is if everything else comes together [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Old 07-09-2006, 07:41 PM
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Re: 223 Ground Hog \" How Far \"

Last week I used a 50gr V-Max at 3300fps to topple a tiny groundhog at dead on 400yds...his internals were VERY visable from his outside! Imapct velocity was around 1960fps. Got him on the first shot.

I was using a Savage Striker 22-250 w/ a 16" barrel and Burris 3-12x32 EER scope.
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Old 07-09-2006, 08:36 PM
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Re: 223 Ground Hog \" How Far \"

I shot 10-15 ground hogs last year out to 700 yards with my .223 savage heavy barrel 75 a-max at 2750 FPS. You can shoot them out to a 1000. They aren't the flatest shooting hardest hitting gun, but they are very accuarate. I say they are a poor mans ppc.
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Old 07-14-2006, 05:01 AM
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Re: 223 Ground Hog \" How Far \"

Hi Reed
I also shoot a heavy barrel savage. What is your load recipe for those 75 gr. A-Max bullets and what is the twist rate of the barrel your using.
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Old 07-14-2006, 05:39 AM
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Re: 223 Ground Hog \" How Far \"

I killed one at 480 using a 40gr Vmax at 3500fps. He just tipped over dead with a little hole in his chest. I think this was the absolute stretch in distance for my combo. Probably my best shot ever.
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