Discussion in 'Predator Hunting' started by MechTech, Aug 16, 2011.
What is your favorite prairie dog hunting rig and caliber?
I have 3 that are hard to choose from.
So I just take them all. Lol
Do you hand load any of these cartridges or use factory loads?
I hand load all my rifles. I'm starting to save my
pistol brass since I have 3 .40cal pistols and the wife wants
I have been using my .270 win for hogs and have found several light factory loads around 110 grains. I know, way too much cartridge for whistle pigs, but it dead is dead! I may start hand loading my 5.56 brass once I get my MVP. As for pistol cartridges I shoot alot of 9mm and it is still kinda reasonable. I think it will be real cost effective for me to load my own if my .357 Sig becomes addictive.
I have a couple great loads for the 223 there is so much you can do with
For prarie dogs, .17hmr Hornady V-Max, or also same bullet 50-52gr loaded in a PMC or Lake City brass in .223/5.56
My varmint sniper
Nice Savage! I think the Savage 93 series with the accutrigger is the best value in a rimfire rifle. Easy on the eyes too!
Yeah, I love it! Just a bit of work, and I got the factory trigger to a consistent 1lb, 2oz pull every time. Just a coil and a half cut from the trigger spring, and a bit of stoning the sear and its absolutely amazing, yet still safe.
My favorite PD rig(s). I use a Win Model 70 Coyote .22-250, a Rem 700 VLS .243 and a Rem 700 Varmint Spl .223
Mostly anything you like to throw at those little pests is a good PD rig.
Again, my brother had a DPMS Panther .223 and he had 3 pdogs in the air at one time. This was a fete that he could not duplicate the rest of the week. I did have long shot of the week at 629 yds-first shot!
We had 5 rifles and 1500 rounds of ammo-at the end of the week, we brought home 93 assorted rounds. What a fun week of shooting and friendship building!
Reloading is fun and will save you money in the long run. I have a Dillon progressive reloader in .223 and it is easy to set up and use. Go online and request a catalog-these presses have a life time warrenty. Anything breaks they will replace it and if you have any questions, they are always happy to answer. Good luck with your decision.
I have always toyed with the idea of reloading, but I didn't shoot rifles enough to be cost effective and I have had good luck with finding good factory ammo. Here in Ohio I deer hunt with compound bow and an old side lock .54 cal. muzzleloader more than anything else. Since I picked up my MVP I have shot it a bunch and found a varmint load that shoots .5" MOA. It has become my off season toy. I needed something to play with the other 8 months of the year. Plus, I am always finding critters to shoot at the farm. I would be interested in trying to work up a whitetail deer load with a 62 gr Barnes TSX bullet.
I have a friend and his prairie dog gun is a 308 TRG with nightforce glass. He takes his PD hunt pretty seriously.
We shoot about half our dogs from my RASS Bench. I use a Ruger M77VT bull barrel in .220 Swift with a fixed 12x M8 Leupold at about 4000 with 50 grain Vmaxs which blows them up nicely. My longest confirmed kill was 365. My buddies both have heavy bull barreled .22-250s and .223s. I get a lot of ribbing in about how their bench rifles are "Wannabe Swifts..."
The other 50% we kill by "walking around." We do this to also "confirm" our kills with the bench rifles, but it is amazing walking up a rise and seeing a couple of hundred "new" dogs standing up and looking at you!
I have killed them at 20 feet (yippers)with my Glenfield .22lr and out to 60 or 70 yds since we used to only use our .22s for this. My Glenfield with the Bushnell scope shot with both of their M77-22s with Nikons But last year one buddy showed up with a TCR 83 in .22 Hornet that he had bored out to K-Hornet and had some handloads for it and from the "walking bipod" was killing them out to 200+ yds....the other was using his Savage .17HMR and when he could call the wind was popping them from the bipod out to 125 or a little more. Last year I felt I was only getting "sloppy seconds" with my Glenfield.
THIS year will be different. I bought my MVP Predator SIMPLY to be my "walking around" dog rifle, and bought a Trigger Stick Tripod to shoot it from. Now that I have my 52 gr Matchkings shooting into less than .40" at 100 with it, I believe I may OWN the "walking around kills" THIS year, LOL
And for the record, I think the Predator may hold it's own from the BENCH as well....
You mind sharing your 52 gr Matchking data? I have been wanting to start working up as many different loads I can for my Predator.
I have to say that I just purchased a Savage Axis .223 Combo rifle and it shoots as well as any big item rifles that I have. Once I dialed in the cheap 3x9 scope, I could put 5 shots inside a bottle cap at 100 yards!
I was using 52gr HPBT Match and could shoot this little rifle all day! And some days, I wish I could do this all day!
Savage 12 LRPV (single shot left port right bolt action on a nice HS Precision stock) that has been modified to accept AR-15 mags, 20 Practical, Horus Predator scope.
This was like 5 years ago, before the MVP existed.
I gotta ask, what's with the C02 bottle ?
CO2 bottle was a barrel cooling experiment, using liquid CO2 thru a nozzle that fit in the chamber and letting the phase change pull the heat out. It works, leaves the barrel dry and ready to go, but that little bottle was only good for about 2 cooldowns.