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Just how tough are groundhogs?

 
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:21 PM
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Re: Just how tough are groundhogs?

I agree with hatfield. Never had a groundhog run with it's head split open. They also seem to run when shot somewhere in their body.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:36 PM
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Re: Just how tough are groundhogs?

Groundhogs are tough. Back when I hunted them I always tried to hit from chest up if it was standing. I used mostly 50 gr. Hornady SX. I say back when I hunted because I don't see enough now to hunt.
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Re: Just how tough are groundhogs?

Don't shoot 'em much any more......

When I did DRT after they hit the ground with a 277 Sierra 90gr HP @ no less than 3400 MV. A direct hit from one end to the other always spit the hide on the back. Pretty devastating.
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:17 PM
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Re: Just how tough are groundhogs?

I know from personal experience that a 22cal 18 grain pellet doing 920fps will drop a 10 lb chuck on the spot. Shoot em in the brain. Just like squirrels.
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:27 AM
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Re: Just how tough are groundhogs?


A 38 to the heart does some damage.

I've heard a lot of stories of one being shot almost in half but still able to get in the hole.
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Re: Just how tough are groundhogs?

Fitch - If I may ask what powder you are using for the .223?

Thanks much.
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Re: Just how tough are groundhogs?

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Fitch - If I may ask what powder you are using for the .223?

Thanks much.
I'll give you the whole specification:

.223 CZ527 American sporter, 40g Nosler BT seated 0.020" off the lands, 28.0g of AA2460, Win brass, CCI 400 primers. Leaves the muzzle at ~3640 fps and shoots holes touching @ 100 off the bench in 3 CZ's I know of (one is mine, two with wood stocks, one with synthetic, I've shot them all).

The bullet's terminal performance is excellent. I've killed a couple hundred ground hogs DRT with that load. I'm just about to order another box of 250 of those bullets.

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