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PostSubject: Groundhog Guns.   February 11th 2011, 3:35 pm

Did not know if there were any Groundhog hunters. I personally love it, and wish there were as many "hogs" as there used to be around here. Here's one of my rigs. It's a Model 70 push feed, that in another life, was a .220 Swift. I burned the barrel out, and had it made into a .22-250 Ackley Improved. I did the stock work, and Mike Bryant of Wheeler TX, did the gunsmithing. I have a 1950's Unertl 2" Target 24 power scope on it. Extremely accurate rifle. Tips the scales at 37 pounds. I don't shoot at any chucks unless they are over 300 yds with this rifle. I use a .220 Swift for 300 and under. It is a Disease!

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PostSubject: Re: Groundhog Guns.   February 11th 2011, 4:23 pm

I use 2 different rifles to dispatch the varmits.

My go-to rifle is a Ruger bolt action 22 hornet with a 3x9 Bushnell 3200 scope. I affectionately coll it "critter getter".

If the shots are going to be farther away, I use a Ruger #1 in 22-250.

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PostSubject: Re: Groundhog Guns.   February 11th 2011, 4:44 pm

The Butcher wrote:
Did not know if there were any Groundhog hunters. I personally love it, and wish there were as many "hogs" as there used to be around here. Here's one of my rigs. It's a Model 70 push feed, that in another life, was a .220 Swift. I burned the barrel out, and had it made into a .22-250 Ackley Improved. I did the stock work, and Mike Bryant of Wheeler TX, did the gunsmithing. I have a 1950's Unertl 2" Target 24 power scope on it. Extremely accurate rifle. Tips the scales at 37 pounds. I don't shoot at any chucks unless they are over 300 yds with this rifle. I use a .220 Swift for 300 and under. It is a Disease!


Sharp lookin piece you got there, 37 pounds, WOW.
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PostSubject: Re: Groundhog Guns.   February 11th 2011, 5:54 pm

Thanks. I don't carry it, or it would be a pencil barrel lightweight, lol. I find a nice field, set up the portable shooting table I made, sit in a lawn chair, do a lot of glassing. Enjoy the sunshine, and grab a cold Dr. Pepper from the cooler. Every now and again, get to fire a shot. Life is good!
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PostSubject: Re: Groundhog Guns.   February 11th 2011, 9:21 pm

Once hunted groundhogs a lot in the PA farmlands. The farmers welcomed us. I used a Remington Model 700 Varminter in 22-250 which had a 6x-18x REDFIELD Scope on it. Favorite loads were using H380.
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PostSubject: Re: Groundhog Guns.   February 12th 2011, 6:39 am

Use H380, in the Swift. Never tried it in the big gun. IMR 4895 and Nosler 50 gr Ballistic tip, shoot in the same hole, so never really tried anything else. I may actually sell this rifle, but am really torn. I just don't have the time any more.
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PostSubject: Re: Groundhog Guns.   February 12th 2011, 9:03 am

The Butcher wrote:
Use H380, in the Swift. Never tried it in the big gun. IMR 4895 and Nosler 50 gr Ballistic tip, shoot in the same hole, so never really tried anything else. I may actually sell this rifle, but am really torn. I just don't have the time any more.

Yep...sold my screamer. No time or place and differents interests now with muzzleloading advancements.
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PostSubject: Re: Groundhog Guns.   February 12th 2011, 11:17 am

I would REALLY love to do a chuck or prarie dog hunt. Maybe now I can. Son bought me a 5.56mm STAG arms AR for Christmas. Have shot it to 200 yards with cheap 3x9x40 scope. I got 1.75" 5 shot groups. Ofcourse my son had 5 shot group you could cover majority completely with a DIME.
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