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Old 06-16-2004, 08:58 PM
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What caliber do yall use to kill these things? Tried the .22 with hollow points but, lets just say that didnt work
What do I need to kill these things?
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Old 06-17-2004, 09:28 AM
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I use a .22 mag, if I'm shooting near some out buildings, or if the shots are 100yrds or shorter. But if I want to really put the hurt on them in the feilds, then the old 22-250 is the best medicine in the cabinet. They will never know what hits them.
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Old 06-17-2004, 09:41 AM
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i killed one with a 22 with hollow points....we were standing there cooking chicken by my friends camp....he kept coming out so i grabbed an orange hat my liscnese and my 22(only gun we had besides pistols and assult rifles)...he came out...crack! shot him like a deer because his head was behind a tree and he seen me.....he died that im hunting them this year im using the 3006.....definently over kill.....but i have alot of 3006 i want to burn up and what a good way to practice with the mauser......soon as i get back from vacation im going after them hard.......cant wiat....just use your deer rifle if you have one.....and be careful of where your shooting....
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Old 06-17-2004, 10:12 AM
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Never had any trouble with regular old 22 LR, but always at short range, less than 50 yds. Also I was not overly concerned with recovering them.
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Old 06-17-2004, 02:55 PM
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I used my .22 LR for years before upgrading to a 22-250. At 50 yards or less I could consistantly hit them in the head. 40 gr. CCI mini mags and 32 Gr. CCI Stingers work well. Shots in one ear and out the other are the way to go...I always aim for the ear. I could hit them at 75 yards, but with not as much consistancy. Let's just say I prefer the .22-250.
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Old 06-22-2004, 11:29 AM
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I have never done this but know a guy who is an expert groundhog killer. He uses a 22 Hornet and swares by it. He kills about 10 per year on his farm and has done so for many years.
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Old 06-22-2004, 09:27 PM
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22-250...never had one get away when i hit it. It can shoot great, I just have to do my part.
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Old 06-22-2004, 09:33 PM
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I have never killed any but my friend kills at leats 2-3 a week in his fields with a .22 lr hollow point or a 12 ga 7 shot.
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Old 06-30-2004, 04:09 PM
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22-250 is the best or even a 223 but i use a 270
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