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My family is pretty well split up on what is good woodchuck rifles. 22-250, 223, 243, 257. what would you buy today?
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for the places I hunt(where I can;t shoot farther than 400 yards) my .204 Ruger. Anything farther than that, my 25-06 would handle nicely.

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I would stick with my .22-250.

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Re: best groundhog cartridge

If I could only have one whistle pig rifle it would be a 700 Remington chambered for 6mm AI.
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Re: best groundhog cartridge

Personally, I don't use cartridges on em. I shoot them with a cap and ball revolver. Had a neighbor years back that would scan the far off hill sides waiting for a distant shot with his 220 Swift and giant scope. He and his buddies would compete for the longest shots.
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Re: best groundhog cartridge

.204 Ruger sounds mighty interesting but I think the 22-250 is king.
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I still use my good ol .222!
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Re: best groundhog cartridge

For shooting:
Under 200 yards-----22 Hornet
Under 350 yards-----223
Under 800 yards-----22-250
Above 800 yards-----one of the 6 mm's

No need for all the recoil of a 6mm or 25 caliber rifle for any varmint shooting under 800 yards. And especially no need for all the noise, higher cost ammo, more wasted powder, and more expensive bullets. For that shooting the 22-250 is King. However most hunters never shoot over 200 yards, which really makes the 22 Hornet King. The reason for the Hornet being the King in this realm is because of noise level, especially around live stock. And a farmer taking a nap in his chair. And how inexpensive it is too shoot and reload. It is a shame they didn't make the 17 HMR just a bit more powerful(if they could). The 17 Ackley Hornet is a real winner-but not nominal because it is not readily available.

Every year long distance ground hog hunting is getting more and more limited with urban sprawl. The Hornet for most hunters is almost impossibe to beat. You can shoot a 400 yard field with a 200 yard ground hog rifle. How many guys actually shoot fields over 400 yards?? Not very many.

I also really like the 223. However if you are not shooting fields larger than 400 yards total length then the Hornet is a better choice than the 223, just because of the noise factor. Ask a died in the wool varminter. You will see a Hornet or Bee or some low noise rifle in their battery. They know the value of a lower noise round. For three advantages. Less noise to spook the varmints, the livestock, and most importantly the farmer!! Tom.
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Re: best groundhog cartridge

My brother has a 22-250, in the same exact rifle as my 204. Anything hit inside 300 yards, and you couldn't tell the difference just by looking at the hog(they're both gonna be messy). After 400 yards the 22-250 packs more punch simply becasue of the heavier bullets availible. I never said I needed a 25-06, Tom. I just like blasting stuff with mine. I reload, so cost isn't a huge factor for me. Plus, with the 25, I get less wind drift than with my .204. Each has it's spot. If I need to go quiet, I'll take a .22 mag. It'll kill em just as dead to 200 yds. I'm still stickin' with my 204. I can get 45 gr pills and a scope with more adjustment than I currently have if I would ever need to.

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