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Old 09-06-2012, 07:18 AM   #31
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That Rodenator would give a person a sense of revenge - after chasing ground hogs.
Would fit in the Caddyshack movie perfectly!
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:44 AM   #32
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Why kill them? Because if you shoot them right they explode in a big ball of red mist.

It's FUN as hell too.
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:25 PM   #33
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True dat.

I discovered one day (about 15+ years ago) that Remington Accelerators would cycle the action of my M1A NM. So, for a lark I zeroed them in with the scope, attached the bipod, then went Groundhog hunting.

[One of the very few times I found some kind of use for that huge gun.]

Boomboomboom 3 shots so close they almost sounded like one, from about 140 yards. An exploding read cloud is a fair description of the event. Not much left of it either. Certainly way more destructive than the scoped T/C pistol with the .22lr barrel I had been using. Accelerators are getting hard to find so I haven't wasted them that way any more. But gee, it was fun.
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Old 09-09-2012, 02:56 AM   #34
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My uncle shoots a 6.5-284 for just about everything. Very accurate and also supposed to be hell on barrels. He takes it to SD every year for prairie dogs and hunts groundhogs every Saturday and he's done this for about 5 years now and his barrel still shoots like the day he had it built.

He did however shoot out his first gun he had chambered in 6.5-284 in a year though.

I often wandered how one gun lasts only a year an another in the same caliber lasts 5 times as long and is still shooting.
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Old 09-09-2012, 03:01 AM   #35
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different steel in the barrel.
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:28 PM   #36
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Nothing to do with steel so much as the rate at which you fire the round. The 6.5-284 is a round known to be hard on barrels. Many F-Class guys will go through 1 maybe 2 barrels a year on them. The hotter the barrel gets the more damage the throat sustains. The more damage the worse the accuracy.
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SuperC- The Accelerator is still around in 30-30 and 30-06 (the 06 is listed as 4500 fps!) but the .308 is no longer produced. Got 4 boxes of it. the .308 Accelerator is up there with a hot .220 Swift- around 4100 fps.
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Yuh, I am down to about a box and a half of .308 accelerator. I had 5 boxes, but once I learned they would cycle my M1A I realized I suddenly had a fairly decent scoped varmint rifle.

Problem was after using a few boxes I learned Rem had discontinued them. So it kind of needs more motivation than I have had lately to squander the remaining .308 Accels.

I have a few boxes of the .30-30 and feel they add a little versatility to the T/C 30-30 barrel. Unfortunately I have no scoped 30-06s (nothing about the terrain and shot ranges out here justifies such a woods clumsy weapon. So, no 30-06 Accels for me.
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[Problem was after using a few boxes I learned Rem had discontinued them.

I am glad I am not the only one this stuff happens to.
I am the kiss of death for products, if I like them, they change or discontinue them.

Remington did the same thing to me with a 75 grn. V-Max .243WIN Premier load that shot really well in my 700 VS(1.5 in. groups at 250 yds.).This was the main reason that I got back into reloading, and I had a heck of time working up a load duplicating those results.
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killed this one at 25yds (took 4 shots to connect)

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll63/sniper762/HUNTING/25AUTOKILLS.jpg

In 1999, I attended a four week truck driving school in Ashville, NC. A few of my fellow students and I drove about 10 miles out in the country and found a farm that had a lot of groundhogs on it. On the weekend we would go there and shoot groundhogs from a picnic table in a manís yard (McElreath), that lived on top of a small mountain overlooking a valley. We shot several from distances of 300 and 500 yards. We took them back to the school and cooked them and ate them. Below is a photo of the place.

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll63/sniper762/HUNTING/GRONDHOG.jpg
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