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Old 04-02-2012, 08:43 PM
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Longrange woodchucks with 308 bad idea???

Hi guys I'm actually new to the forums chats but recently bought a 308 for longrange predator and varmit hunting and choose to shoot 175gr Berger hunting vlds witch worked very well for the coyotes but did not work at all for woodchucks my first time out I shot 3 woodchucks and they all ran atleast 10 yards back to there holes and I was hoping u guys could explain thank you
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:58 PM
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Re: Longrange woodchucks with 308 bad idea???

I have not used a 308 with bergers to shoot chucks I have used a 7mm Mag
Basicly what I found was they just penciled right through them most of the time
I think it to fast with a sharp pointed bullet on a soft target ect.
I switched to a 120 gr vmax and it was very devistating.
In my new 308 i will be using 168 gr nosler BT
Just my 2 cents
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:14 PM
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Re: Longrange woodchucks with 308 bad idea???

+1 on the drill through.... Not enough mass to cause expansion.

Never fear, they bled out in their den......

I use a .223 with a V-Max on Whistle Pigs, wild dogs and nasty opossums.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:34 PM
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Hey thanks guys that was sorta my theory on the hole thing to, I sorta figured they wud bleed out in there hole, but I was sorta used to shooting them with the trusty old 22-250 and wen I watched one run after I shot it with the 308 I was sorta dumbfounded
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:12 PM
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Re: Longrange woodchucks with 308 bad idea???

'possums die the hardest IMO. I think that there is so little brain involved that they have 9 lives.

We get a lot in the hay barn, especially in the spring. chucks too. No rifle in there, too close. I use a 410 No.8 shotshell in my trusty derringer. Less messy removal.....
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:36 PM
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Re: Longrange woodchucks with 308 bad idea???

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Hi guys I'm actually new to the forums chats but recently bought a 308 for longrange predator and varmit hunting and choose to shoot 175gr Berger hunting vlds witch worked very well for the coyotes but did not work at all for woodchucks my first time out I shot 3 woodchucks and they all ran atleast 10 yards back to there holes and I was hoping u guys could explain thank you

Nic, A wood chuck will test the skills of the best marksmen. I grew up in the Northeast and had fun huntin those critters when i was 16, back in the 60's . I had a Model 100, .308 and I never saw one run after I hit it, no matter what bullet I used.
I shot at a hellva lot more of them than I hit, for sure. Sometimes you may dust one and think you got him; if the round hits close or right under the varmint... it will flip them over, but they'll keep on truckin for their hole. LOL ...You may think you got him but it was a miss. Been there, done that..
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Re: Longrange woodchucks with 308 bad idea???

I'd try 150gr ballistic tips, 155 Amax's, or 110 Vmax's. All are pretty explosive. I've killed a ton of rockchucks with 150gr BT's but mostly in bigger magnums. Years ago I shot a .308 a lot and shot 125gr Sierra's and 130gr Speer's. The 130gr Speer's were pretty good but the BC sucked due to the big open hollow point. They would blow some pretty good chunks out of them though.
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