Best caliber for P-Dogs

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by lonyaeger, Apr 16, 2011.

Which rifle do you take p-doggin?

Poll closed Apr 20, 2011.
  1. .22 magnum

    1 vote(s)
    5.9%
  2. .17 HMR

    2 vote(s)
    11.8%
  3. .204 Ruger

    2 vote(s)
    11.8%
  4. .22 Hornet

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. .220 Swift

    2 vote(s)
    11.8%
  6. .221 Fireball

    1 vote(s)
    5.9%
  7. .223 Remington

    6 vote(s)
    35.3%
  8. .22-250

    2 vote(s)
    11.8%
  9. Other

    1 vote(s)
    5.9%
  1. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member

    Okay, if you have TWO caliber rifles to shoot prairie dogs with, which would it be? You can only vote for one, but give me your top two choices.
     
  2. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    Can we add .458SOCOM to that list? :D

    Seriously though I haven't shot any of those other than the .223 so I have no idea how they perform. My guess would be a fast, flat shooting bullet to get out and hit them at distances quickly.

    That or I would like to use artillery :D
     
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  3. jeepcreep927

    jeepcreep927 New Member

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    I have never shot P-Dogs, but am thinking my Fireball out to 100 yards and my Swift for longer range, uh, "acrobatics"...
     
  4. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member

    Wow. 145 posts between two threads about the same subject, threads about "how disgusting can you get" go crazy,......and I get two responses to a valid firearms-related questions. I see what we've come to. Thanks all.
     
  5. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    .221 fireball, but only if you reload. That is a great, flat shooting round that has awesome barrel life, great accuracy and completely devastating on small animals.

    A silenced .221 Fireball would be highly effective in a SHTF hunting situation on small game.;):cool:

    JD
     
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    .17 HMR to 200 yards, .220 Swift to where the curvature of the earth shileds them. Also works well for groundhogs here in VA (we have a noticeable shortage of Praire Rats here)
     
  7. jeepcreep927

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    I have 100 rounds loaded now with several charge weights and two powders. Still haven't shot my "new" XP-100 for groups or over the chronograph. It snowed again last night. It's the middle of April and I still can't get a break in the weather. :mad:
     
  8. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    I think the .204 Ruger is just about perfect for prairie dogs. It shoots as flat as the .220 Swift and has so little recoil that you can watch the results of the shot. My 2nd choice is a well tuned AR in .223.
     
  9. Sniper03

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    My favorites are the 223 and the 6.5 Grendel

    Dog200! OMG! 458 SOCM "What Prairie Dog!!!!!!" With the 100 yard ballistics being close to the 45-70 must be some Mean A-- Dogs your hunting! LOL!

    03
     
  10. dog2000tj

    dog2000tj New Member

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    The creator of the 458, Marty Ter Weeme, has customers that shoot the 458 for distance and he has made all sorts of custom sights. He has one customer that lobs the 458 out past 700yds and hitting a 2'x2' steel plate. :eek: The sights look like miniaturized artillery sights. So if the dogs were out beyond 100yds I guess a 458 could be used, kind of like lobbing artillery on them. ;):D
     
  11. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    We don't have P-dogs, just their larger cousins, Wood chucks. .22 WMR, .17HMR, and .223. .22lr is fun too for 50 yard +- areas. 100gr 6.5x55's are real fun as are 120gr .308's. I have a bunch of 140gr ballistic tips that I won't use for Whitetail, so the 7mm Rem Mag goes out once in a while. Can't pick just 2..... forget 1!
     
  12. cpttango30

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    it depends on what you are wanting to do. If you are going to set up on a major dog town and just bang away and burn through 500 to 1000 rounds a day then you want a cartridge that is easy on barrels. The 221 and 223 are hard to beat in that area. Even the 6mm ppc or 6br are great.

    If you are going to go only for long shots and try to make it into the 500 or 1000 yard club of the VHA (Varmint Hunters Assoc.) Then you are going to want something like the 6mm br or 6xc shooting 108gr bergers. Even a 6.5-284 for the long shots.
     
  13. Elwood1

    Elwood1 New Member

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    I like the 223 and the 22-250, but I would pick the 223 over the 22-250 because of the availabilty of ammo as well as the price of ammo, even if you handload the brass on the 22-250 is much more higher, and the 223 will do just about anything the 22-250 will do, while also having better barrel life. In my opinion the 223 is a all around better cartridge.