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Re: Varment rifle

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Mike M

02-10-2013 06:22:32

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22mags are ok,but need a real good hit to kill a ground hog. I perfer the 22 hornet. Longer range and you get instant kills on groung hogs no matter where you hit them.
For a cheap rifle the handi rifle fits the bill.

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02-10-2013 17:30:08

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 Re: Varment rifle in reply to Mike M, 02-10-2013 06:22:32  
I shot hundreds, maybe several thousand of Jackrabbits back in the 50-60s. We could sell them for up to $1.25 to mink farms. They weigh about 25 lbs. Flattened most of them with Winchester Model 61 WMR, open sights. 22 Long rifle was rarely one shot kill. I paid 88 dollars for it new in the box in 1959, and got 5 silver dollars as a "rebate". Worth about 2k today.The silver dollars, 50 each.

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02-10-2013 19:48:31

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 Re: Varment rifle in reply to GordoSD, 02-10-2013 17:30:08  
25 lb jackrabbits? They must eat good where you were! I've shot hundreds in New Mexico and they might hit 4-8 lbs. I have 2 model 61s. My dad bought the magnum around 1960 to shoot sandhill cranes and "domestic" coyotes that his Rem 121 .22 just wouldn't drop. Love the 61's!

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02-10-2013 16:14:48

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 Re: Varment rifle in reply to Mike M, 02-10-2013 06:22:32  
"....but need a real good hit..."

Depends on the distance. At at 100-150 yards, the hit with a "maggie" doesn't have to be anything special. It will put them down. Stop and think about it for a minute.

Yes, a .22 Hornet is probably better than a .22 Magnum but a .223 is better than a Hornet and a 22/250 is better than a .223 and a 243 is better than a 22/250.

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Mike M

02-11-2013 06:17:33

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 Re: Varment rifle in reply to doubleN, 02-10-2013 16:14:48  
Yes they are. I used to use a .243 but then as the area got more built up and what not the 22 hornet is quieter by far.

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