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Old 03-10-2013, 05:18 PM
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Location: About 60 miles from Wyo and Colo
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Re: rifles for pd shooting

I live in prairie dog country and started shooting them in 1949. Over the years I have enjoyed shooting with various brands of rifles and trying out different cartridges. Sofar I have shot them with 17 HM2, 17 HMR, 17 Fireball, 17 Rem, 204 Ruger, 22 RF, 22 WMR, 22 Hornet, 221 Fireball, 222 Rem, 223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, 220 Swift, 243 Rem, and some big game rounds. I use reloaded ammo in the centerfire rifles. When I can find a CZ 17 Hornady Hornet, and the new Winchester 17 Super Mag rifles I ll try them out. I dont shot p dogs when it very windy and know where the prairie dog towns are that have not ben shot over very much and some not at all. If I could have only three rifles they would be a 17 HMR, 204 Ruger, and a 22-250 Rem varmint whith a thumb hole stock. I dont like missing so I dont try shooting past 400 yards with the larger case centerfire rounds. I get a lot of shoots within 150 yards and use the rimfire and lower power center fire rifles
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:12 PM
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Re: rifles for pd shooting


Here is the best advice I can give you:

If you are shooting from the bench you will want your most accurate of the bunch. I would take the .22-250 and the .17 because of the cheap ammo.

If you plan to walk I would just take your .204, it should handel anything out to 400 with a little practice and would work plenty well close up. Another thing if you are walking, it is nice to have a light rifle.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:49 AM
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Re: rifles for pd shooting

AH3682 my thoughts exactly on the rifles. My CZ 204 is light enough for me to carry around. I'm happy to say my gun dealer has found me a savage model 12 vlp 22-250 in a 12 twist & hopefully it will be here this week. I was going to go with a 9 twist but there wasnt one to be found after having many people look. I was a little concerned about possible loss of accuracy (which i cant afford) & shorter barrel life with the 9 twist. Hopefully the 12 will handle up to a 60 grain bullet. After 50 plus years of shooting I finally have my reloading area set up & have started to load by myself. So far I have loaded about 200 rounds for my 204 & am happy with the results. I manage to shoot fairly tight groups but not tight enough yet. My only problem has been with bullet seating depth which I hope to solve with a new die. Thanks for your input.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:52 PM
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Re: rifles for pd shooting

Happy to help.

Let us in on how it goes!

Happy shootin'
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