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Semi-auto prairie dog gun quest

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Unread 12-15-2012, 09:22 PM
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Re: Semi-auto prairie dog gun quest

Another vote for Rock River Arms.
I have 20" varmint. Great gun for the money. It's guaranteed to shoot 3/4 MOA from the factory. And I can vouch for that. Try one out
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Unread 12-15-2012, 11:08 PM
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Re: Semi-auto prairie dog gun quest

I agree with previous reply. I have 2 18" RRA EOP's and are hard to beat. Accurate and reliable. Have shot hundreds of p-dogs with these 2 guns.
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Unread 12-23-2012, 11:48 PM
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Re: Semi-auto prairie dog gun quest

+1 for the Stag Arms Model 6. Accurate and quality are the best two words to describe it.
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Unread 12-25-2012, 12:37 PM
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Re: Semi-auto prairie dog gun quest

The first thing to do is- don't worry about the brand (unless your life is going to depend on the weapon). Spec is spec. The second thing to do is find a good barrel, and a really good trigger. Third, go shoot the hell out of it. A guy can turn pretty much ANY AR into a great shooter with just a good tube n trigger.
I like things that go "bang"... I love things that go "BOOM!"
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Unread 01-12-2013, 02:08 PM
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Re: Semi-auto prairie dog gun quest

Try DTech, mike builds some very nice uppers in a variety of calibers. You are going to have to wait awhile for it though. Prices are decent.
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Unread 01-20-2013, 11:51 AM
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Re: Semi-auto prairie dog gun quest

Originally Posted by rhd View Post

Im am definitely a dumb newbie.

Here are some starting questions for my semi-auto prairie dog gun quest:

Are these good guns for starters?

Bushmaster V Match 24 (.223)

DPMS Panther Bull 24 Special (.223)

Accuracy is my main objective, and for the gun I would like to keep it around $1200.00 what other off the shelf semi-autos are in this class?

Would a 24 barrel be better as far as accuracy is concerned vs. a 20 barrel? Im not really concerned about weight.

Could I buy separate upper/lower/barrel combinations and come up with something better than the above for around $1200?

I am not in a big rush to buy, so I could take some time build one, or have someone build one if the quality is better.


John - Montana

I own the Bushmaster Vmatch rifle in a 20". With a 68 gr SMK and 24.8 gr of Varget it will put 5 rounds inside 1/2 MOA. Both rifles you mentioned are great, as are all that the other folks are mentioning. Go with the Vmatch and shoot the hell out of it.
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Unread 01-23-2013, 06:57 AM
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Re: Semi-auto prairie dog gun quest

I had a RRA stripped lower laying around in my safe for a couple of years. Finally put a Timney drop in trigger and a White Oak 20" 7 twist upper. Talk about a tack driver. I was going to shoot heavier bullets, but the upper arrived just before i left for P-Dogging last spring so i loaded up some 60 V-Max in a hurry. They shot so well i havn't played with anything else.
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