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Old 03-05-2003, 01:32 AM
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Re: Ideal weapon for Prairie Dogs

After 30 yrs. varminting, the only cartridge/gun I'll have again for pr. dogs would be .223 Rem. (maybe Ack Imp. version--maybe), out of a Savage bolt gun with a little tweaking on the guns part if necessary.
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Old 03-05-2003, 02:07 AM
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Re: Ideal weapon for Prairie Dogs

This is a budget conscious rifle I just completed for LR prairie doggin'. It is chambered in 25/06 in consideration of the prevailing Wyoming winds.

I'm just now working up loads for it... hope the damn thing shoots [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]


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Old 03-05-2003, 06:38 AM
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Re: Ideal weapon for Prairie Dogs

Hard to beat a 223 for cheap shooting & keeping the barrel cooler.A guy we took out a few years ago ruined(dispite our numerous warnings)a 22-250 Sako trying to keep up with the 223s.
Be warned though that pding is very addictive & can get very hard on the pocketbook trying to reach ferther & farther.More fun cant be had though=CJ
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." -Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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Old 03-05-2003, 09:22 AM
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Re: Ideal weapon for Prairie Dogs

s1, I'm still trying to recover from the 6-284 project. Being a plumber in a one job household it takes several years to rathole enough change to build a custom rifle. Not to mention the accessories. You just don't buy a rifle, you buy a case to put it in, the dies to reload for it(wildcats aren't cheap), and the scope (500-1000$), bipod, etc. , the list never seems to end. Although I would really relish a 243 improved in a semi-auto configuration, it'll have to wait several years. You sound like you have one to peddle?
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Old 03-05-2003, 11:27 AM
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Re: Ideal weapon for Prairie Dogs

We are just too traditional sometimes.

How about a semi auto belt fed Browning machine gun in 308? Ammo is cheap, range is not an issue, and so what if you miss...lots of follow up shots. Might even be able to rebarrel to a 22/250 or 243.

Don't laugh, if the US army does change to another larger cal like a 6mm or 6.8mm, this concept will be off the shelf.

Imagine getting one of these to shoot MOA or better...way too much fun.

Of course, an AR15 with a Cmag would do something similar.

Winter too long, need to go burn powder...

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Old 03-05-2003, 01:17 PM
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Re: Ideal weapon for Prairie Dogs

A good 22-250 is your best bet if you don't reload. A Remington VLS or VS are the best Remingtons for the $. Savage also makes some very good shooters. Get their short action model and go to town, pun intended. I say 22-250 because the factory ammo shoots great and it completely outclasses the 223 for the longer shots.
You should start reloading though. A 243 is deadly out to about as far as the average guy would dream about shooting. A Remington VLS in 243 with a bedding job is tough to beat. Have fun with whatever you choose.
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Old 03-06-2003, 06:17 AM
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Re: Ideal weapon for Prairie Dogs

How about a .50 BMG necked down to a .17 caliber bullet moving at 5500 fps? [img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]
I like my .338 Winchester Mag
It's tried and True
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