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What guns do you take on such an outing?

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  1. Sniper66

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    The 17HMR is the best rimfire for p-dogs. Wicked accurate and relatively cheap ammo. Really solid knock down power; surprisingly so. My Anschutz 1517MPR is second to none; nearly perfect for the p-dog task. If you want cheaper (who doesn't) Savage makes a new Precision 17HMR that is quite accurate and can be had for just under $600. My Annie now costs around $1100...I only paid $700 for mine about 6-7 years ago. My buddy has a Marlin he bought years ago and it is very accurate.....can be found for around $400. The CZ is really popular, but I have no experience with them....under $500
     
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    I have as many options as you,including a few .308 rifles.

    But using the KISS principal,I would take the Mossberg bolt in .223/5.56 ,and the same in a repeater [ M-4/AR-15, and then possibly a Marlin bolt in .22 magnum for close up wok.Allowing range to about 300 meters.

    And of course the pistols that I never leave home without !.
     
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  4. Hasaf

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    I would probably take the 5.56 AR for most of the shooting. I would have my 44/77 (bolt action .44 Mag) in case I decide to go with something different for a day. I would also take the CZ Bolt action .22 in case I feel like plinking. As far as a pistol, I would be torn between the HK P30 and the Glock 42. In either case, I would use a holster with active retention, for both of those I have Safariland ALS holsters.
     
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  5. don quixote

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    The question is ... are you driving or flying? If driving, take whatever fits in the vehicle. If flying, i would pare down the list.
     
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  6. lightman

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    To answer the question, no I don't have a 17. You are correct about calm wind and calm wind and Prairie Dogs are seldom found together.

    The first time that I went on a trip with the current bunch of guys that I hunt with all they talked about was their 17's. I mean, I heard about 17's for 11 hours and 700+ miles. I was just about ready to stop at a Walmart along the way and buy me one! After we got out there and started shooting they shot their 17's for less than 5 minutes and put them away in favor of something that was less affected by the wind.

    A good combination of what you listed might be either the 17 or the 22 hornet and either a 223 or the 204. If you are actively shooting on a Dog Town I doubt that you will see any Coyotes up close.

    I've shot Prairie Dogs with a 223 from about 25 yards to a measured 615 yards. And yes, that 615 yards was a stretch for a 55 grain bullet!

    I do understand the recoil thing!
     
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  7. lightman

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    Its impressive! Real impressive! But they don't like strong wind.
     
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    Sounds like a fun outing. I second the .223 as the primary. Were I going, I'd take along a .22-250 Ackley.

    We will want pictures.
     
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    6 rifles?

    Talk about an embarrassment of riches!

    I'd go with a rimfire .17 rifle for prairie dogs out to 200 yards, and whatever .223 rifle you've got with the highest magnification optic for anything beyond that, or for Coyotes.

    Sounds like an awesome trip, wish I could put something like this together.
     
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  10. Justin

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    I've used a .17 HM2 on Prairie dogs out to ~200 yards. At that distance you have to hold 3-4 inches high and read the wind really well, but it'll definitely take them out. One shot, sounds like someone hitting a steak with a hammer and you're good.
     
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    50 cal works pretty good at 600 yards.. Pink mist.
     
  12. Justin

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    Years ago I had the distinct pleasure of hunting prairie dogs with Art. I was running the aforementioned .17 HM2 and he was running a .243.

    Once in awhile he'd catch one is such a way that it would flip the PD out of his hole and about 2 or 3 feet into the air.

    It was pretty funny.
     
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    Id probably just run a .17 and bolt .223, but that simply comes from my personal preferences.

    Id also probably be using this as an excuse to pick up a .22-250 or a heavy Valk/.22 nosler upper for my ar......again the kinda stuff i do.
     
  14. Kingcreek

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    I would take 2, 3 max depending on what ammo supply looks like. If taking 3 I would include a .17hmr.
    If surgical precision is your style, leave the AR at home. If you think it will be high volume shooting take the AR.
    We took ARs .223 HBARs into a huge PD town in South Dakota. 2 of us with 2000 hand loaded soft point rounds each and ran out at the end of day 3.
     
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    You guys do realize that prairie dogs are sold as pets in Japan for nearly $3000 right?

    I visited my daughter there last year and was shocked to see the little buggers in cages in pet stores for crazy prices...

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  16. Justin

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    Speaking from experience, an AR-pattern rifle with an ACOG is terrible for p-dogs.

    In that scenario, high magnification and high velocity are your friend!
     
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    Just my random 2¢ observation, but I think the OP's list is based on what he wants to take, not what he needs to take. And you can't ask other people about what you want -- only you know that.
     
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    For me it would depend on ammo. I’d want to take at least a couple thousand rounds. If I had that much in one or two appropriate guns that’s what I’d do. But if I needed to take 5 guns to get that much ammo nbd.
     
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    Can I go? I'm in North Central Kansas and probably right on your way there.:D

    I'll only take one 223 of my own so I can carry one of your other rifles for you....
     
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    All i would take would be a .223 bolt action rifle. I am not sure about the scope ... 3-12x42 or just a fixed 6x
    ... and only one type of ammo
     
  21. Kingcreek

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    We had 3x9 and 3.5x10x scopes on rifle length free floated barrels. No ACOGs.
    We were shooting over a huge town that hadn't been shot before and the dogs weren't shy. Sometimes we would pop them at 25 yards with a .22 rimfire handgun. Many shots were 2-300 yards with very few at 400+.
     
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    Wow!!! At those prices I'm hoping to shoot about a half a million dollars worth next weekend! I wonder what a slightly used one is worth?
     
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    Sniper - the "depressing" part is because "only 4 days" in that kind of country and not longer, MUCH longer ! :D
     
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    Savage 22-250. and RPR .243
     
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