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    prairie dog rifle

    Hey guys lookin at getting a new prairie dog rifle...what are you guys using and recommend. I know alot of guys are using 22-250's but think its a bit overkill for me. I have used a Savage 22lr semi-auto for years and worked great but I think I already shot the barrel out plus bulk ammo is a little wishy washy and the wind effects your shot significantly. Maybe a 22 mag or 17 with a bull barrel???

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    Don't know much about prairie dogs, but I think the new .17 wsm is kind of neat:

    http://www.guns.com/2013/02/01/the-s...mag-in-17-wsm/

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    I shoot a .223. I custom load a 45 grain vmax on most of my rounds but sxsp bullets are pretty good as well... I think I'm somewhere around 23 grains of powder but I would have to check on it. Mine shoots flat and fast, but like all light bullets you have to fight the wind.
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    I would look at the new .17wsm like murdy said. I use a .22-250 m70 stealth 2 for the longer stuff but intend to build a 6mm rem AI in the not too distant future. When the wind really gets serious I'll usually go to a .25-06.

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    I shoot a lot of prairie dogs. I guess depending on where you hunt will determine what caliber you might want. We shoot long range so a flat, accurate round is a must.

    My rifles consist of .220 swift,

    .243(slight overkill) 58. Gr.vmax

    .17 Remington

    .22 hornet( for closer shots)


    I would love to add a .223rem, or 222 Remington. Along with a .204 ruger.

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    I dont shoot them much because we dont have them around here. I have used my 22-250 when I have shot them. If I was looking for a prarie dog gun I would seriously consider the .204 Ruger. The .17 WSM looks pretty neat too!

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    Another caliber that has peaked my interest lately is the .223 wssm. That thing flat spits them out there.

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    For blowing through that much ammo in a sitting it would be hard to argue against .223.

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    I use the 22-250 with AMax 52gr at 3717fps for everthing from skunks to coyotes. I have a 243wssm and the 55gr bullet at over 4000fps is the most fun. Hunting groundhogs in Ky. we used the 220 swift I havent had one in a long time but I did like it, so I would take a good look at the 223wssm. I just dont understand the popularity of the 223 if the 22-250 is available. Homeland Security is using your tax dollars to dry up the supply of ammo so that is a consideration at this point. I was ahead with the ammo supply so for the time being I can shoot any gun I have as much as I want.

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    No you did not burn out the barrel of your .22 LR it only takes 500,000 rounds yours is just dirty. Prairie Dogs .22 LR to 100 yds .17 HMR, 175 yds, .223 Rem 500 yds+. These will cover 99% of the shots on Praire Dogs. Easy to get ammo for.

 

 

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