longest shot on a prairie dog

Discussion in 'AR15/10 Rifles' started by woodnut, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. woodnut

    woodnut Well-Known Member

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    I would like to get an honest answer here,ok. What's the longest shot you, or someone you know, has made on a prairie dog with an AR15 in 223 cal.? Only the 223 or 223 A.I. version,please. What cartridge, what bullet, the distance and importantly, how verified. Be honest !
     
  2. strombeckj

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    Roughly 360 yard, ranged w/Leica 900. LC 09, IMR 8208, 53gr vmax. Rifle below.

    Jon

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  3. woodnut

    woodnut Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Jon, and that's a fine looking rig you got ! I especially love the can on the end:) :cool: Is yours a 1:8 twist? What scope? Looks like a set uo for coy dogs,right?
     
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    Woodnut, you are correct on all accounts.. main purpose is yotes for this rig. 1:8 Wilson combat ss cut to 14.5" and IOR 1.5 - 8 scope. It' a heavy beast for a AR, but accurate.

    Jon
     
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    Jon, my first requirement is accuracy! If it takes weight, so be it. Most of mine are heavy, but I don't "tote" em around a lot . My newest deer rifle ain't light, but I can "tote' it to my stand! It's a 6.5 Grendel by the way.
    I'd like to tell ya that a 223 WILL reach out further than you did; but your shot is still a long way out there! Well done.
     
  6. strombeckj

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    Woodnut, I shoot 6" steel out to 800 yards with it, but it is not my go to PD rifle. I have custom bolts for that, but for an AR it is darn accurate. The problem I have with AR's is laying off the trigger. Waiting on my stamp so I can pick up my LMT 10.5 defender, should be here in the next 30 days. I see a 300 BLKOUT in my future with a can :D

    Jon
     
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    Jon, I'm guessing that "laying off" the trigger of an AR means a bad pull? Have you tried the Gesselle SSA-E trigger? It says it's a two stage; but it's just a tad of take up and then you're at the second stage and it's sweet! MY ARs have em and if I do my part, they will shoot in the 3s all day at 100. Sometimes a lot better.
    keep in touch about the 300AAC. I have one CMMG (I shoot it with a can) and I'm really not sure I want to keep it. Got lots of ammo too. It is a sweet set up, but I only use it at the range for fun shooting. I'm questioning why I bought it.
     
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    woodnut Well-Known Member

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    I guess now I can say why I wanted to know who's shooting long range with an AR in 223 or 223 AI. This past June I took a really, really long shot with my 223AI. What I did proves a blind squirrel can get a nut. But, I'm that squirrel. I have an un biased witness who ranged the shot with a high quality range finder set of binos and watched the shot through a strong spotting scope. I was shooting my favorite AR named "Wicked Wanda" with only a 55grain Sierra BlitzKing bullet. This load has been chronoed (at 900ft. elevation) at 3600fps and I'm positive it was still sonic at the target. The prairie dog was 862 yards (at 2000+ft. elevation)!!!!It took several shots, but I only put two rounds in the mag for the final shots. First was seen and adjusted and second dropped it. I didn't dial the scope, a NightForce 5.5x22x56, and had run out of mil dots! I was down in the rectangle box and he fit completely inside it! I don't know who was more excited , me or the spotter ! Sadly, I didn't do the cardboard sign and photo op. There was already a guy who had shot farther the previous season , but with a bolt gun and a 6x284 and 105s. It didn't occur to me what I had done with an AR and a little 55gr. bullet til much later. I don't know, but I think it was one very long shot!