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Just how tough are groundhogs?

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Old 12-25-2011, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by flyin lizard
Codyjoe, I shot one with my 300wsm using 190 bergers at about 40 yds, southbound end of a northbound chuck, found two legs don't know where the rest went.
Saweett! Can't wait!!!
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:25 AM
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Re: Just how tough are groundhogs?

Originally Posted by tennz View Post
Last year I spotted the biggest groundhog I've ever seen at an old barn. I tried for the rest of the season to get a shot at him, but never saw him again until today. I spotted him as soon as I pulled in at 150 yards, but he went into his hole. After waiting for over an hour, he finally emerged atop a pile of stacked logs. I fired one round of 50 gr blitzking and he turned slightly. Just to be sure, I shot again and he never moved. Certain that I finally got this monster I drove down, but to my amazement he was still alive. I could barely see him under the logs slowly moving around. I went back to the truck to get my rifle but he was gone. I've yet to have one crawl away with two shots. Anyone ever see a hog this tough? Just to be sure, I went home and repeated the shot at paper and the rifle was dead on. Really bummed out that I didn't get my "bigfoot".

I once shot a big 'hog that was digging around my uncle's vegetable garden. It took two arrows and three .22 rounds point blank for him to die. Tough suckers...
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:57 AM
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Re: Just how tough are groundhogs?

DRT?? Honaday Vmax's doesn't matter what cal. Pics explain..243top/223bottom

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Old 01-15-2012, 04:10 PM
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Re: Just how tough are groundhogs?

77ruger, The A-Max give you similar results with a high BC.
I reckon I must get them went they ain't wearing their Kevlar vests cause my .17 Ackley Hornet firing a 20 gr. V-Max at 3575 fps seems to anchor them directly! Out past 200 yds I pull out the big gun, the .223 and the 75 gr. A-Max!
"That which does not destroy me, has made a huge tactical error!"
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:15 PM
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Re: Just how tough are groundhogs?

MrMajestic, I agree on the A-max's. My 223 is a 1-12 and loves the 40gr vmax. The 243 shoots 75gr vmax well but just as accurate with the 65gr, the 65's are higher vel. and more explosive. Oh yeah the 270 with a 110 gr vmax also works very well or give Mr Chuck w/Vmax flying lessons, now that is funny.
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:44 PM
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Re: Just how tough are groundhogs?

When I was younger I remember shooting a chuck 5 times with a 22 LR as it was dragging itself back to its den.

Now I use 125 grn speer tnt's. Love em. Havent had a chuck walk away yet ;) Now the 155grn AMAX is a little different. I've had them get away with that one. I guess its like comparing apples to oranges though. Just choose the right bullet for the right critter.
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