I finally got a little time off from school today and got in some much needed shooting. It turned out to be a real nice day full of notable happenings. Having shimmed my scope base last night, I needed to re-zero today. I used the first half of the twenty loads I had made up for zeroing and the rest for punching paper at 100 yards. The last three went into the smallest 3 shot group I've ever had. I was excited enough I had to show someone, and since no one at home properly appreciates it, you fine fellows get the honor.
Best I can tell it measures in around .17 inches. I had been cleaning this gun every 15 rounds or so, but considering how it shot after twenty, I decided to hold off this time. I made up another batch of loads to test at extended ranges. As I'm sure you're all aware, a .22-250 with 52 gr. bullets is the ideal 500 yard caliber on a windy day. After putting 9 minutes in my scope I was still off by 4 or so feet, but I am just learning. At least results at 100 and 300 were promising (that range is often less windy).
On my way back from my disappointing 500 yard attempts, I spotted one of the first groundhogs I've seen this year. I didn't have a bipod, but at 200 yards it wasn’t too much trouble to make a shot off of my rabbit ear bag alone. The chuck flopped at the shot, and I diverted my attention to more pressing matters, like where my truck keys had disappeared to.
After losing ten minutes to my key issue, things got rolling and I went to recover my prize first chuck (it seems like the off season is so long, but it really only lasted 2 1/2 months this year). As I neared what should have been a dead chuck, it appeared that my groundhog had regained its strength and was walking around munching on grass, although its head was covered in blood. At this point a second, and final, shot was successfully taken. I've needed follow up's on chucks before, but not usually after a head shot!
Rifle and quarry. Rifle is a Rem. VLS 22-250 shooting 52 gr. Berger MEF’s over H380.
The original, apparently ineffective shot. It seems as though I hit at the base of the ear and missed anything vital. Hopefully they don't all display this kind of tenacity, or its going to be an interesting season!
Winter's great, but I start to miss groundhog hunting partway through. I hope you all get to stretch your trigger fingers soon.