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Whistle Pigs

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Fritzboy, Dec 10, 2011.

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  1. Fritzboy

    Fritzboy TS Member

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    Your choice for ground hog. I use a heavy stainless barrel Rem. 40X in 22-250 with 55 grain bullet mostly.
     
  2. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Browning 1885 Single Shot High Walls. The top gun is in 22-250, the bottom is in 223. Both have Leupold Vari-X III 6.5-20 40mm target scopes.

    I've used both for Rockchucks (Yellow Bellied Marmots, which are a 2/3 to 3/4 size groundhog).

    The 223 does OK, but at the distances involved the 22-250 does much better. I'm shooting them between 200 and 400 yards. The 223 works well between 200 and 300 yards, but there is a very noticeable difference between 300 and 400 yards. The rockchucks will topple over from a good 223 hit, but the 22-250 often picks them up and slams them into the rimrock behind them. I've never had a crawl off at range with the 22-250, but have a few times with the 223. Accuracy with either is not a problem. These are very accurate rifles.
     
  3. Chuckbuster

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    I have been shooting woodchucks in north central Ohio for 50yrs. Started out with a Savage 340 in 222. Went to a 22/250. Tryed a 25/06. shot many with these calibers for many years. Went to a 223 so I could see the result of my shots. Have been using it mostly every since the late 80`s. I still bust a few with the others but am sticking with the Heavy Ruger in 223 most of the time now. Have a Leopold 4 x 12 with a fine crosshair. In the old days I would shoot 150 plus a summer. Now we have coyote`s. Shoot about 50 every summer.

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  4. 320090T

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    Rem 700 BDL Bull barrel .243 with a Leupold 36x scope. Been using Sierra 85gr hpbt and Sierra 60gr hp.
     
  5. AveragEd

    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    I have numerous varmint rigs as my wife's parents and grandparents were farmers who, in their later years, sold off their livestock and planted their fields in hay and alfalfa. I had a lot of acreage to hunt which unfortunately is all housing developments now.

    My rifles are all Remington Model 700s - a VTR in .223, a 1970s Varmint Special in .22-250, a newer stainless VS-SF in .22-250, a VLS in 6mm, another 1970s Varmint Special in .25-06 and several BDLs in varmint calibers for days when the fields are too high for prone shooting and walking is required. I also have an XP-100R in .223 and a 14" Contender with .223 and 7mm T/CU barrels.

    But my favorite is a Model 700 with a 27" McGowen stainless fluted barrel in .243 Ackley Improved. It wears a 6.5-24x 40mm AO Leupold VX-3 target scope with a dot reticle and the barreled action is in a Hogue Overmolded varmint stock. Berger 65-grain Match bullets shoot into one ragged hole at 100 yards and leave the muzzle at 3,939fps - hit a hog anywhere chest-up and they just don't move.


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    And if you haven't hunted varmints with a "handrifle" like the 14.5" one below, you're missing out on a lot of fun!


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    Great thread!

    Ed
     
  6. ric3677

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    220 swift.

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  7. 1oz

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    6 ppc for under 400 yards , 6.5 x 284 400 + . 6.5 weights in around 18 lbs very pleasant to shooting even with 142's maxed out .




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  8. GW22

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    "Whistle Pigs"? Do you call them that because they stand up when you whistle?

    Hell, when I was a kid I thought I invented that secret method, LOL.

    BTW, one rifle I used a lot was a scoped Winchester Model 190 -- the perfect example of how Winchester plunged themselves into the toilet post-1964. As a 14 yr-old I loved that little POS though, and still have it. Sometimes when I pull the trigger it actually goes off, LOL.

    -Gary
     
  9. Dbl Auto

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    My Dad, Nephew, and I love spending summer days looking for whistle pigs. We use a Remington 700 in .22-250 and .223, Remington 591 in 5mm, and a Savage 93 in 17HMR. My Nephew killed this coyote with his 17HMR. We have Bushnell glass on top of all of them except for the old 591. I bought this "Bushwacker" rifle rest from Bass Pro Shop around 2001 and it is awesome. I have looked for another one like it and can't find them for sale.
    It is light enough to carry, but stable enough for long shots without laying in the dirt.
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  10. Brian in Oregon

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    Pity Remington stopped making their XP-100.

    Rimfires won't work for Rockchucks in most places here. You'll never get within rimfire range of them. I've never taken one at less than 200 yards and usually further. They prefer rock piles or rimrock near fields, and typically those areas lack cover to stalk close. Even then, they aren't here in abundance, and wind is often a big factor. I see one young man in a pic above with an 870. There's no way you'd get close enough with a shotgun here, at least in eastern Oregon. (We do use shotguns for coyotes, gray diggers and sage rats, though.)
     
  11. Bird30

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    I use a sako 222 with a 12x50 leupold for 200 yards and under and a sako 22-250 with a 12x50 leupold for 200 to 400 yards and a sako 25-06 with a 6.5-40 leupold for the longer ranges. I always like to hunt them and the young ones are pretty good on the diner table.

    Dave
     
  12. tinylo

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    Ruger M77V Mk. I (tang safety), Medium Barrel, 220 Swift, Burris Adjustable Mounts, 36X Tasco

    50gr Sierra SP Spitzer, 35gr IMR4895, Fed Benchrest Primers, WW Cases

    Wish I had pics of the rifle and the devastated prey
     
  13. wolfram

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    I remember hunting rock chuck in the alpine areas of the Colorado Rockies as a teenager. These were really just extensions of our summer pack in fishing trips but we did okay with open sighted .22s and our .357s. We didn't have real varmint rifles but my little Marlin M39M fit in the pack very nicely. You could easily get within range but it took a lot of time. Basically we would sneak up on a place where we saw a chuck and lay on a rock until the varmint poked his head up somewhere. Usually took about 30 minutes or so. This is also where I learned that rock chucks aren't edible.

    So I guess if a couple of kids can hunt these things with their .22s and sixguns then just about anything will work - just a matter of the methods used.
     
  14. shadow

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    Same rifle I deer hunt with. Pre 64 Model 70 Featherweight in .243. Just a different bullet. Consistently will shoot a "minute of a groundhog" group at 400yds.
     
  15. Easystreet

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    I haven't been groundhog hunting in about 10 years, but I've still got the rifle. It's a Remington 700 BDL in .243 caliber with the heavy target barrel. I've got a 4-12 scope on it with parallax adjustment. Trigger pull has been lightened to around 1 pound or slightly over.

    My favorite reloads are 75 grain Sierra hollow points going about 3450 fps if I remember correctly. Powder is Dupont IMR 4895. It's a very accurate rifle, and one shot literally blows them up.

    I enjoyed many a summer day shooting groundhogs. Maybe someday I'll have the chance to do so again, but we don't have them here in Florida.

    Easystreet
     
  16. oskerspap12

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    Howdy Y'all,
    Whistle Pigs,Pasture Poodles,Dirt Bears,Groundhogs,Woodchucks.......call 'em what ya want,and shoot 'em with what ya got.I've shot with everything from .22 shorts to 45ACP in handguns,and shorts through big medium bore magnums.It all just depends on what you have at the time.Shoot 'em up boys.

    D.P.Reynolds
     
  17. johnjohn91387

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    REBARRELED, rechambered, and reworked to BR standards, Rem 700, in McMillan custom Winchester Marksman stocks, with Leupold 6.5-20 and Burris 6-24 Signature scopes.

    .22BR, .222 Rem Magnum, 22-250, 220 Swift, and the long range bomber, 22-250 Ackley Improved.

    Much too heavy to be schlepped around a field; these are bench guns.

    Wish I could afford 5 of the JEWELL of triggers.......
     
  18. gun1357

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    They must be edible. Growing up in Western New York in the '50s, we used to hang our trophy woodchucks on the fence. Migrant farm workers would take them home and eat them. Food wasn't that hard to come by so they had to have a good way to prepare them. We used rimfire .22s so they weren't torn up very much. Ron
     
  19. Bullfrog1

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    257 Weatherby 75 gr Hornaday case full of 4831. longest shot 508 yards. It was its time to die.
     
  20. wolfram

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    No doubt that some people do eat them Ron but I would have to be really really hungry to try that junk again. Lot s better stuff to catch and eat up in the mountains - fresh trout comes to mind or as last resort a Pika .... or better yet a plate of spagetti and sausage made from what we packed in.
     
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