Beaver varmints

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by Tnwhip, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Tnwhip

    Tnwhip Well-Known Member

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    I grabed my old Ruger 220 swift went down on the farm this eveing to try and call a coyote. I called for 45 minutes and nothing showed up It was getting late but I still had abouts 20 minutes of shooting light left so I stopped by the creek to see if I could see any beavers. I wasn't there 5 minutes and one came out. I took a head shot and he flopped around a few times then sank. A few minutes went buy and here comes another one straight for me. I took another head shot on him and he sank. I sure wish I could have got them for coyote bait.
     
  2. Jud96

    Jud96 Well-Known Member

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    Good shooting. What loads were you using?
     

  3. Tnwhip

    Tnwhip Well-Known Member

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    I was useing 50g V-Max and 37.5 IMR 4064. I was going to take my 22 K hornet but couldn't find my cartridges. It was getting late so I just grabed the Swift. When I got back, I found them in the gun case with the rifle LoL:rolleyes:. The Old Swift is my most accurate rifle but it is a little over kill for the ranges I was shooting the beavers. 50 yards for the first one and 25 for the second. Most of the time I have one of my 22 mags in the truck for the beavers. I am up on a 20 foot bank looking down so it gives a good angle to shoot them as they swim by.
     
  4. Jud96

    Jud96 Well-Known Member

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    If your not keeping pelts, there's no such thing as overkill on varmints haha! I bet them beavers blew apart when that V-MAX 50 grainer hit them!
     
  5. Tnwhip

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    Our southern beavers are not worth skinning. They are just varmints that dam up ditches and flood timber. They also come up the banks and eat our soybeans and corn. I keep them in check. I shot 11 last year. Now that makes 2 for this year.The way powder and bullets are these days I hate to waste them when I could have done it with the 22 mag or hornet. Yea the V max did take the whole side of their head off. LOL:D
     
  6. Jud96

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    Haha tear them up! I have seen what those 50gr V-MAXs do at 3200fps out of a .222 Remington and would be scary to see how well they blow up at Swift speeds! Even the bigger 87gr V-MAXs out of our .243s tear up ground hogs and crows at 3250fps. Really love these Hornady V-MAXs, don't think i'll ever change to another varmint slug.