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Old 05-11-2014, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I have a 10-22 that is scoped. I really like it. Around here, prairie dogs is a big sport. They dig holes in the fields and livestock trip and sometimes break legs. So Ranchers around here, really like them cleaned up. With all the new regulations and restrictions on different poisons, shooting them is the only way to go. Some ranchers will even give you a brick of ammo to go clean up dogs. Don't know how they've been doing with the shortages, but they used to. .22 is the favorite, but .17 is coming along. Although new in this area, the .17 is rapidly becoming the favored weapon. I still shoot the .22. There's no reason to purchase another rifle just because it's the new fad, by .22 does just fine. If I really have to reach out there to touch one, I have my .25-06 to work with. My .22's all have Harris bipods on them, as well as my .25-06. Well worth the bipod if all you have to work with is a half inch tall target.

Prairie Dogs are gun shy. After the first round, they are in their holes. They peek out, with just about a holf inch sticking up where they can see. Icon sights just won't help you to figure out if there is actually a dog there or not.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:02 PM
 
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I agree...after a few of these little stinkers put about 100 holes in your lawn, you don't want to take any chances missing. You're shooting at a head that is smaller than a U.S. .25 cent quarter. They are lightning quick and can duck all but the most well placed shots from a .22 LR rifle. Pick 'em off and let the barn cats have their way with them. Most of all TAKE BACK YOUR OWN YARD!!


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Made me laugh so hard.

You've probably heard the stories too, someone shooting a 220 swift or any of the ultra velocity tiny bores and claiming they hit the gopher but it ran back into the hole.

Yeah right! Dead animals don't run back into holes, the ones that got missed or wounded do. A good head shot with a 22 and plop, they sort of lay there, half in half out. Barn cats make good gopher hunting buddies.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:14 PM
 
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Made me laugh so hard.

You've probably heard the stories too, someone shooting a 220 swift or any of the ultra velocity tiny bores and claiming they hit the gopher but it ran back into the hole.

Yeah right! Dead animals don't run back into holes, the ones that got missed or wounded do. A good head shot with a 22 and plop, they sort of lay there, half in half out. Barn cats make good gopher hunting buddies.
Like Elkhunter ^ was saying above. I also have a .17HMR....a Marlin 917V heavy bull barrel, Harris bipod, 1" leather military sling and a BSA Sweet 17 bullet drop compensated scope. With 17 grain V-max it makes a real mess. It's overkill on things smaller than coons, skunks and woodchucks. I never use one on squirrel, gophers, chipmunks and other small to micro size critters. .22 LR works fine for those.

Those gophers are very very quick. You might have had your cross-hairs deadnuts on his eyeball. The slightest error on trigger control, follow through or breathing control and you'll toss one in the dirt. We sometimes sit up in a second story barn loft and shoot down at them as they run across the yard. It's excellent target practice and only accomplished shooters can even hit one. I've seen guys unload a whole 25-30 round magazine and hit nothing before. lol

You better be on your game and dig down deep for that "skill" while hunting them. If you can hit one, you will win many of competitions. You're a pretty dang good shot!!
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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It depends on what you want. If you're mainly into plinking or casual shooting, then get a red dot. If you need the magnification for plinking then get a magnified red dot or low-power scope. If you're into precision target shooting or making head-shots on little rodents then you should look at higher-power scopes.

I caught a Simmons 22 Mag 3x9x32 on sale for $35 at Cabella's (MSRP = $69) and put it on my Marlin XT-22. It's great for punching bullseyes, and I think it'll be an excellent rodent killer, but it's too big and slow for fun plinking or casual shooting. It's only rated for rim-fire rifles, so it's cheaper than a high-end center-fire hunting scope in 3x9x40, but I'm happy with it.
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