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#6197405 - 02/24/16 01:24 PM Varmint/ Prairie dog caliber
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If you we're to build a rifle (bolt) for this purpose what caliber would you choose? I'm thinking 22-250.
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#6197414 - 02/24/16 01:31 PM Re: Varmint/ Prairie dog caliber [Re: BassCat'99]
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If it is really for prairie dogs, be sure to factor in ammo cost. You can burn up a lot of rounds sitting on a populated prairie dog hill. I would probably go .223

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#6197415 - 02/24/16 01:31 PM Re: Varmint/ Prairie dog caliber [Re: BassCat'99]
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Something in the 22 or 6mm caliber. For 22 cal, something pushing a 75+ grain high BC bullet as fast as possible. For 6mm, something in the 105 grain weight pushed 3100+.
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#6197423 - 02/24/16 01:39 PM Re: Varmint/ Prairie dog caliber [Re: BassCat'99]
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1:8" twist .22-250 shooting a 75 gr A-Max at 3200 fps MV, with H-Varget.

Went from the same cartridge shooting a 55 gr to the new barrel shooting a 75 gr. The 75 gr does waaaay mo betta in that panhandle wind.

Farthest I've hit a prairie dog with that combo is 705 yards.

edit: Take a secondary rifle chambered in .223 shooting the highest BC bullet the twist rate will stabilize. Or just run the 55's and use the .223 for the closer in shots. On a good day it doesn't take very long to get the barrel (at the chamber) too hot to touch with s bare hand.


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#6197434 - 02/24/16 01:52 PM Re: Varmint/ Prairie dog caliber [Re: BassCat'99]
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How long of a barrel would you put on it JG?
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#6197611 - 02/24/16 04:01 PM Re: Varmint/ Prairie dog caliber [Re: BassCat'99]
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I've got a friend that takes a group of clients every year prairie dogging. He started out using 17s, 204s, 223s, and 22-250 but has since decided a 243 and 6mm Rem is much better. 204s kill them dead but they just don't have the same "splash" factor an 87 grain Vmax does at long distance. The goal with prairie dogs, so I'm told, is to get that pink mist explosion and 22 cals just don't have the same effect. I'm told a 257 Weatherby with a Vmax can be quite entertaining as well.
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#6197663 - 02/24/16 04:35 PM Re: Varmint/ Prairie dog caliber [Re: aggiehunter03]
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I don't know what effect is good or not. But my .22-250 turns them inside out, and often launches them cartwheeling in the air 8 feet.

Basscat, mine is a 24" plus 10" suppressor, so it's longer than a night in jail. Because it is so stinkin fast, you could go shorter and still be OK. But since there really is no walking during prairie dog killing, you might as well stick with a 24" barrel in my opinion.
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#6197693 - 02/24/16 04:58 PM Re: Varmint/ Prairie dog caliber [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
I don't know what effect is good or not. But my .22-250 turns them inside out, and often launches them cartwheeling in the air 8 feet.

Basscat, mine is a 24" plus 10" suppressor, so it's longer than a night in jail. Because it is so stinkin fast, you could go shorter and still be OK. But since there really is no walking during prairie dog killing, you might as well stick with a 24" barrel in my opinion.


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#6197709 - 02/24/16 05:17 PM Re: Varmint/ Prairie dog caliber [Re: BassCat'99]
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Money no option 220 swift with 1-8" or 6x45 same twist. Factoring in associated costs id go 223.
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#6197813 - 02/24/16 06:25 PM Re: Varmint/ Prairie dog caliber [Re: BassCat'99]
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.223 for an all around affordable varmint round in an affordable varmint rifle. I'd go wildcat if i were building a one off custom rifle.

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#6197815 - 02/24/16 06:26 PM Re: Varmint/ Prairie dog caliber [Re: BassCat'99]
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22-250. I went on a prairie dog shoot in Wyoming in September. Burned up all our ammo and were reloading on the tailgate.
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#6197825 - 02/24/16 06:30 PM Re: Varmint/ Prairie dog caliber [Re: BassCat'99]
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6mmBR with 70gr Ballistic Tips. They don't stand a chance.

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#6197835 - 02/24/16 06:35 PM Re: Varmint/ Prairie dog caliber [Re: BassCat'99]
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I think it makes a lot of sense to have at least two rifles with you, a .220 Swift or .22-250 for the longer shots and .223 for the closer stuff. Why use a Swift if you can set up 200 yards out from them? When / if / if/ if I can get to the panhandle this spring, I'll take a .222, .223, AND a Swift.
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#6197841 - 02/24/16 06:39 PM Re: Varmint/ Prairie dog caliber [Re: BassCat'99]
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When I lived in South Dakota, I took my 45-70 several times. You get a neat impact factor from that. They shoot straight up in the air like you dropped a grenade down the hole, and it send body parts 20 yards out.

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#6197999 - 02/24/16 08:10 PM Re: Varmint/ Prairie dog caliber [Re: BassCat'99]
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I've got the inside 200 taken care of with .223's and I say a neat video where they were shoot high speed 22's such as a 22-250 and the acrobatics we're just outstanding. In the 223 I use some Nosler frangible pills and that gives a real nice pink cloud.
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