3 factory chamberings for prairie dogs

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  1. sw282

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    17HMR
    223Rem
    22-250Rem
     
  2. buckhunter62

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    17WSM 204 ruger 22-250 & 243 I also bring a couple of 220 Swifts. I live 1000 miles to the nearest dog town so I bring a lot of fire power & stay for a week.
     
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  3. Dusty Stevens

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    I cant imagine recommending anything but a 223 or 22-250 for a guy not loading his own ammo. He can get ammo at any store. Add a 17hmr in there for the 100yd shots.
     
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  4. mensajd

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    Modern factory gear (including laser rangefinders and empirically calibrated ballistic apps) is so good that I’d skip the short range shots and just use two rifles/cartridges, for example, a 204R for medium distance and a 6mm creedmoor for long. Very accurate factory ammo is available for both. But to each his/her own!
     
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  5. Treerat-sniper

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    Its been close to two decades since I've been PD hunting but the last time I went out I ran:

    .22 Hornet
    .223
    .22-250

    My buddy ran:

    .22 mag
    .223
    .30-06 (he's into overkill)
     
  6. Randall Hardy

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    Here’s another vote for 223, fiochi 40 grain are incredibly accurate for factory ammo. Also always bring 22-250 white box Winchester also works well. I wouldn’t shoot much over 40 grain bullets in factory twist though.
    Randy
     
  7. Mr. Ten-X

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    .22LR...223 Rem...22/250
     
  8. Bill K

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    If it is for someone, as you describe in the original question, then keep the three choices as 17 HMR, 204R and a 223R or 22-250R. All can be bought pretty easy at most gun shops or on-line and will do a very good job at 99 % of the varmints hunted. (This is factory ammo, as you mention)
     
  9. IdahoSharpshooter

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    I'm O-L-D School, and I reload (who can afford factory ammunition?); so here are my three.
    1. 223, out to 250 yards.
    2. 220 Swift, out to 500 yards.
    3. My wildcat, the 6.5-284; as far as I can see them.

    The Swift and 6.5-284 would have fast twist barrels, the Swift with a 7" to use those wicked Berger 90gr: and the 7.5" twist in the the 6.5-284 for the 140gr
     
  10. drover

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    Easy answer - 223, 223, and 223 using the same load for all three so that the trajectory and wind drift are the same, it will help making hits. If you are in a good shooting PD town you have one to shoot while the barrel is cooling down on the other one.

    I like the 17 HMR but I have seen too many PD's crawl off with hits from it. If there is the possibility of some gopher shooting then I would take a 17 HMR and two 223's.

    drover
     
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  11. remy3424

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    Any combination of 223R and 204R. Both mild recoil and capible of shooting any distance the new guys would capible of. A 22 cal 50 grain Vmax is the devastating thing I have ever seen hit a prairie dawg, I have shot 17 to 25 calibers for the last couple decades.
     

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