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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 05-17-2012, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Western PA Whistle Pig Rig

I have been shopping around for a new rifle for groundhogs. I have been reading that anything from a 17 HMR to a 308 will do just fine, depending on your situation. I need some advice and or suggestions on a new rifle based on my situation:

1). I already have a Weatherby Mark IV 25-05 and Remington Model Seven 270 WSM that I use for deer, so I do not necessarily need a dual caliber.

2). I do not reload YET but I do have the press and everything else that goes with the process. Plus I have the components to reload 25-06 and 270 WSM. I would be shooting factory rounds first, then reloading at a later date.

3). I have ranges in excess of 500 yards but I DO NOT have experience shooting beyond 250 yards. I have no issue with practicing longer ranges! Wind is always at least a small factor where I hunt the hogs due to being up on a hill with surrounding open fields on all sides.

4). I like to walk the fields to hunt ground hogs but I also like to sit in the shade at a bench and glass.

5). I have a Bogpod tripod for standing shots when stalking and I have a bipod for bench shooting or laying in the grass. I have a Bushnell Elite 3200 5-15x40 to mount on this rifle.

6). I have been looking at the 204 Ruger, 22-250, 223 and 243 but I am open to suggestions.

7). I have been looking at Savage, Remington, Ruger and Tikka.

8). I do prefer stainless but I do own blued rifles.

9). I love the idea of a light target-like trigger pull. I can always replace a trigger or have the pull lightened but do not have the confidence to do either.

10). I have a budget of about $600 or so for a new or used rifle.

I look forward to hearing some thoughts. I figure the more opinions the better. Why not get ideas from hunters who hunt the same terrain I do? Thank you for any reply.
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Re: Western PA Whistle Pig Rig

I recommend the .22-250 or a .223. Both are easy to find in stores and will do for 300 yard shots on hogs. The .22-250 can let you kill them at 500 yards unless a very windy day.

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Re: Western PA Whistle Pig Rig

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I recommend the .22-250 or a .223. Both are easy to find in stores and will do for 300 yard shots on hogs. The .22-250 can let you kill them at 500 yards unless a very windy day.
223 from a factor new and reloading cost is also a very cheap round.
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Re: Western PA Whistle Pig Rig

You already have 2 good rifles for shooting groundhogs.

I am never one to talk someone out of getting a new gun, I always say go for it. But both of those rifle calibers are good long range groundhog guns. The 243 is similiar to your 25-06.

I would spend your money on reloading supplies and work up a good load for that weatherby using 85 or 100 grain noslers. It could be a good walking varminter and you'd still have the 270 for deer.

But if you really want a new gun, I would suggest the 204 since its a nice light caliber. Another good one that I have experience with is the 17 Rem. But the wind makes these calibers better for inside 300 yards. Your 2506 and 270 are perfect for 500+ and whether you have experience or not, I would use those and not hesitate at the long shots.

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Re: Western PA Whistle Pig Rig

It's a shame your budget is so tight.
I have a nice Weatherby Mark V Stainless Synthetic in 240 WBY on the chopping block.

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It's a shame your budget is so tight.
I have a nice Weatherby Mark V Stainless Synthetic in 240 WBY on the chopping block.
Thanks for the advice/info!
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Re: Western PA Whistle Pig Rig

Thanks so far everybody. I have been doing a lot of reading on the subject lately and I have been more indecisive than ever. I'm just trying to get opinions to the point where I know exactly what I want to do.
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Re: Western PA Whistle Pig Rig

I hear the .204 is the hottest thing out there......
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Re: Western PA Whistle Pig Rig

My 2 cents...
-You could load the 25 w light bullets (so start reloading earlier than expected) as highcountry suggested
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Since you like to walk the fields...both weatherby vanguard and howa ranchland come in a lightweight setup in a variety of calibers. I have been looking at them in 223 for a combination of weight, compact size, light recoil, and effective range...I think they both have adj triggers, but there are def aftermarkets for them. They're both relatively inexpensive as well.

Good luck in your purchase(s)!!!

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Re: Western PA Whistle Pig Rig

223 you can shoot out to 600yds + the 204 is not that good out pass 200yds the 243 would be my top pick for 500yds+ and on windy days
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