.243 for ground hog

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by Ben91, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. Ben91

    Ben91 New Member

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

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    Perfect!! Depending on scope magnafication.
     

  3. SRK97

    SRK97 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Awesome, expesialy with a light 50-55 grain bullet
     
  4. bamashooter68

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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.
     
  5. grandpabear

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    Agreed, that will make an awesome groundhog shooter.
     
  6. Ben91

    Ben91 New Member

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    The scope is a 3-9x magnafication. But i only have 100gr soft point boat tails.
     
  7. SRK97

    SRK97 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    They'll do it just fine.
     
  8. Ben91

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    Good to hear. Any tips for a first timer?
     
  9. Flat Tire

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    It is best with a spotter. At longer distances you want someone to call where the bullet hits. And buy a reloading setup-
     
  10. Ben91

    Ben91 New Member

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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.
     
  11. willfully armed

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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.
     
  12. Ben91

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

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    Barnes varmint grenade, sierra blitz king...
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYigC49tnh8[/ame]
    Maximum fragmentation in target.

    If you don't giggle while watching that video, you're sick in the head.
     
  14. nchunt101

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    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.
     
  15. Nozzlehead

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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!
     
  16. nhk19

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    Wow....I'm logging onto Black Hills website to get some of those for my .220 Swift as soon as I hit send on this? Thanks for posting!
     
  17. Ben91

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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
     
  18. Groundhoghunter

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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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  19. Biohazurd

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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...
     
  20. 7point62

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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.