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Old 05-07-2008, 08:31 PM
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After surveying the property today I am switching to tap ammo for head shots out of a tree stand and in the .223 until then it's .22wmr head shots out of a tree stand and maybe some 12 gauge in the field.The field is actually a rose garden at the bed and breakfast on 40 acres completely fenced in with neighbors on three sides .Granted through trees and over hills and fences but most of the shooting will be out of the few trees there or of the deck in the only safe direction however it is in town limits in a small rural town So any flat center fire round is out .
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:56 PM
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Not legal in Texas as it should be..
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Old 05-07-2008, 09:21 PM
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I know this is all about long range, but have you considered blackpowder? My T/C Hawken will shoot 1/2 inch groups at 50 yards with open sights shooting off-hand. Using a 350gr slug and 90gr of powder you achieve approx 1400fps with over 1500lbs of energy, even a 177gr round ball will give 1600fps with a light 70gr charge and over 1000 lbs of energy. The low B.C. of these rounds coupled with relatively low velocity drastically shorten the carry of the projectile yet hit harder than the numbers show. This would probably be a good alternative to downloading centerfires, is not very costly to get started (I bought my entire kit used for $300 ready to shoot) and its just a bloody hoot to play with. Also keep in mind that the big bore BP rounds tend to have more of a boom and less of the sharp crack that centerfire rifles have, as well as light loads are sub-sonic right from the muzzle. Just an other option.
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Old 05-07-2008, 10:07 PM
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22wmr will do the task as you have outlined it and is practicle for the setting. It will require very deliberate target choice for effective kills and down range control should always be a concern.
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:00 AM
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It shouldn't be legal anywhere, not just Texas

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Old 05-08-2008, 03:44 AM
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Ill flat out admit that I have shot a deer in idaho with a 22mag but it was after it was hit by a pickup and I was just putting it down. Is it legal in idaho, no but it did work with one shot. His hind quarter was almost gone and was standing there looking at me so I grabbed the 22mag and put one between the eyes and he dropped like a rock. I also have buddies that have done the same with the hmr's.

Am I saying it would be my first choice, no, but it would work.
I dont know who ever came up with the imaganary word of "Over Gunned"
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Old 05-08-2008, 05:49 AM
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I understand the wmr isn't legal to hunt with but this isn't hunting as I have said it is killing and with very short range deliberate shots I think it will work I will also be using .223 with tap ammo for slightly longer field shots also head and under 60 yds. Idon't condone this for hunting but for this situation I think it's appropriate
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