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post #1 of 100 (permalink) Old 01-21-2011, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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Favorite groundhog caliber

Whats everyone's favorite groundhog caliber and bullet. Little bored last few days thought we need a good debate. Im currently buiding a 22-243 8 twist for the larger pills. Anyone think i should of just went with a 6mm and had it over with?
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Re: Favorite groundhog caliber

I'm currently using a plain old .243 right now. Standard tikka t3, 1 in 10 twist. Ive gotten decent accuracy with hornady's 75 grain hollow points but my gun definitely favors 100 and 95 grainers (in theory the 1 in 10 should favor 75-85 grains most tho). I think i'm going to try out some 70 grain b tips and see how that goes


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Re: Favorite groundhog caliber

6mm Rem. handloaded w/ the old Rem. 80 gr. HP bullet.
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the Fred Bear Element set at 63 pounds.....

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Re: Favorite groundhog caliber

.22 LR
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Re: Favorite groundhog caliber

Most of mine get dead with a .204 ruger. Every now n then the 300 RUM turns one into furry raspberry jelly, just for the heck of it.

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Rem. 788 in .22/250. Have a Vanguard in .223 I plan on working out this year.

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post #8 of 100 (permalink) Old 01-21-2011, 09:50 AM
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Re: Favorite groundhog caliber

I don't think I have an absolute favorite caliber. I love the .17HMR when I can keep shots close and the .243AI when I need to shoot far. There are so many calibers that are good at killing GH's that I find it's more of a rifle preference than a caliber preference. If the rifle fits me well and shoots well it sees plenty of time in the field.

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Re: Favorite groundhog caliber

normally use my 22-250
going to work out the 223 this year too
and if I can find a nice 243 I may even give it a try
I think these are probably the most common calibers when people talk about longer range hog hunting
of coarse the 17HMR and 22 for close shooting are always popular.

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Re: Favorite groundhog caliber

For long range I have a heavy barrelled Sako L579 in 243 with a 6-24x on it. For walk around I like the 25-20 or 25-35 loaded with 60 grain pills.

Re your 22-243, not sure what that will do compared to the 22-250. There is a 22 Benchrest that is a shortend version of you proposed rifle, very accurate. For long range the 22 caliber is too effected by wind, in my opinion. The 22 CF is often used on PD but you get a lot of shooting and a lot of dogs to shoot at. Pennsylvania's large groundhogs are too spooky to give you many chances, doping out the wind.
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