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Old 01-28-2013, 05:53 PM
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rifles for pd shooting

I will take my first try at parrie dogs in the spring & was thinking what rifles to bring. I have a savage 17 hmr, a cz 527 varmint in 204, and am looking at getting a savage with thumbhole stock in 22-250. I probably would only take two , what would be my best bet?
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:15 PM
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Re: rifles for pd shooting

I would take all three, I have taken as many as six. Last year I only took four, two 223 bolt guns, an AR, and a 300wsm. You can never have too many.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:29 AM
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Re: rifles for pd shooting

Total, i only have experience with the 204, so will not comment on the others. It is capable from 200 out to 600yds with the right set up and ballistics programe. The sweet spot is around 400-450 yds with 80%+ success rate quite possible.
The most important thing is to go to the range and set up some targets and get started, you will gain in confidence and be better at using your programe. Once you can pop baseball sized targets at 300-400yds you are ready to go!
You soon see what you did not think about!
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:51 PM
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Re: rifles for pd shooting

I live in prairie dog country and have used various rifles and cartridges to shoot them. The 17 HMR, .204 Ruger, and 22-250 Rem are fine p dog rifles. Take plenty of 17 HMR ammo because the are a lot of p dog pup shot within 150 yards. The 204 is plenty good out to 300 yards and use the 22-250 for longer shots. The barrel of a 22-250 heats up when you shot it fast so use the 17 HMR as much as you can.. Shoot into the wind as much as you can.
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:15 AM
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Re: rifles for pd shooting

Tuck nailed it with shooting into the wind and start with the HMR, the rimfires shot into the wind dont seam to scare the dogs much. The 204 will be a big asset, I would take enough to shoot at least 200 rounds a day through it, set it in the shade every 10 rounds or so with the chamber open to cool!
I personaly would get the Savage in 223 as the 22-250 is going to heat up a LOT faster=I've seen guy burn 22-250 barrels out in one day trying to keep up to 223s. The 223 ammo is usually a lot cheaper too!
I usually take at least 4 guns doggin.
The little CZ American shooting 40 Vamaxes always goes.
The old J action single shot 243 shooting 55Nosler always goes
Early season a rimfire goes....either the 77/22 or Savage HMR
One long range rig....Varies 243,6-284,7mag or 338 Edge
Either the 204 Savage shooting 32 grainers or the Savage 20PPC shooting 39 Sierras.Early season the 204 and the 20PPC late summer.
A good town can keep 5 guns hot.....With the sun out even the rimfire will warm up.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:52 AM
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Thanks guys for the feedback on how many rifles to take pd shooting. I am not new to shooting, been doing it for over 50 years, but i am new to varmint shooting & small caliber centerfire rifles. Another thing I am new at is reloading. Something I have wanted to do for many years but just getting started on it. I have most of what I need but am not set up yet. I have a few friends that can help me with that. Mach V thanks for the input on 223 verses 22-250. I have spent hours reading about both and I like the fact that the 250 will reach out further & the cheaper ammo for the 223 is something to look at. While shooting with a friend I realized how close in size the brass is for the 223 & my 204. With reloading in the future I worry about a mistake on that when picking up brass either at the range or on my own 300 yard range in the trees behind my house. I know I wont make a mistake on the 204 & 22-250 brass. Maybe a small worry but something I have to think about.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:47 PM
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There is acually enough difference in the 204 and 223 that I dont have a problem keeping them seperated. The 223ai however is very close to the 204. After having a couple of 22-250s the only one I have left is the 8 twist shooting 75 grain Amaxe=great long range dog getter! But in my experience there is very little difference shooting dogs with a 39 grainer out of the 204 and a 55 out of the 22-250 exept the 204 stays a little cooler,has less recoil and cheaper to reload....being able to see the results of the inpact really helps specialy if you dont have a spotter.
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