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I got a remington m700 in .243 with a tasco pronghorn scope. How good would this be for groundhog?
 

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Ive killed them with a .22lr so a .243 should be more than enough. I will admit it took more than 1 shot with the .22lr. Lets just say thank goodness for hi-cap mags.
 

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Agreed, that will make an awesome groundhog shooter.
 

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The scope is a 3-9x magnafication. But i only have 100gr soft point boat tails.
 

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I don't personaly have reloading equipment, but my uncle is teaching me on his. But i plan to get my own ASAP.
 

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100gr SP is not a ethical load for those little furry bastards.

You want a 70gr or lighter hollow point to eliminate pass through shots. Basically, you want a bullet that will terminate in the target.
 

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Something like the varminator? Noslar made those suckers to fragment on target. Sorry there called Varmaggedon.
 

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Barnes varmint grenade, sierra blitz king...
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Maximum fragmentation in target.

If you don't giggle while watching that video, you're sick in the head.
 

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100gr SP is not a ethical load for those little furry bastards.

You want a 70gr or lighter hollow point to eliminate pass through shots. Basically, you want a bullet that will terminate in the target.
How is a 100 gr sp not ethical,,,,,if they group I'd use them. I have shot groundhogs with the 100 gr. Cor-Lokt I deer hunt with and it blows them up.
 

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Ben, don't let these guys fool you! A .243 is the worst gun to use! I have a nice .22 semi auto I'll trade ya :rolleyes:

Naah, seriously, nice round. Load it down for ground hog and load it up for whitetail. Heck I read an article about a 9yr old who took their first elk with a .243...not that I'd recommend that. I personnaly know someone who shot a fair number of bears with a .243. Again, not my recommendation. Anyways, enjoy it...nice rifle and caliber!
 

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I gotta get me some of those! Did you see how much air that prairie dog got? I didn't know they could fly. XD
 

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Tips, be safe know whats behind your target and enjoy .I would guess as you shoot more you may find yourself looking at possibly a higher powerd scope maybe maybe not. I run any where from a 8 x 32 power up to a 8 x 80 power scope . But area and temps will also determine alot of that . Loads it depends Last year a Killed a groundhog at 572 yards I find the heavier bullets do better at long ranges Better BC and SD. Get out enjoy yourself . I shoot a 6 BR I'm running the 105's but i'm striving for long range hits .Yes smaller grain bullets will be more explosive .
 

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When out small to medium game hunting. I usually take a 10/22 and some form of handgun. Often an m&p9 or Ruger gp100. And taking groundhogs with a handgun is imo much funner then rifle hunting...
 

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Industrial dynamite is also effective on GHs/Praire Dogs.

I think you'll be just fine with your 243 and Tasco scope. I've got a .204 and I use it on everything from coyotes to rabbits & squirrels.
 
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