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Duxman
March 9, 2006, 04:29 PM
My friends and I have been hired to do "pest control" - blast away at groundhogs, nuetra, and coyotes in a co-worker's 1000 acre property.

I have an Olympic Arms AR-15 chambered in 5.56mm, and a CETME 7.62mm, currently I only use either 62 gr HP, 55 gr FMJs (5.56mm), and military ball ammo for the 7.62mm.

Is this going to be sufficient to take out the pests @ 200-300 yards?

Or will these rounds go right through the targets causing little damage.

Thanks in advance.:D

fisherman66
March 9, 2006, 04:34 PM
I'd want something more frangible. Ballistic tip type bullets. You will do damage, but likely the slow death kind. I think the risk of backdrop exposure is an even better arguement for a frangible bullet.

Art Eatman
March 10, 2006, 10:34 PM
I'd pick the 62-grain HP, and limit the raange to my accuracy-skill...

Art

Rimrock
March 10, 2006, 11:39 PM
I've done some similar work. We used 55grn Nosler BT's...."blowdsem up real good!":D

Rimrock

Death from Afar
March 13, 2006, 03:23 PM
Ditto. The solids are OK ( just) on game, but if you really want to be cheap, pull the FMJ round and reseat a hollow point.

I use Hornady SP's exclusivly for what its worth.

fisherman66
March 13, 2006, 03:33 PM
The solids are OK ( just) on game

Many states require something besides FMJ on "game". Just FYI, the word "game" puts forth a preset notion of deer, javelina, ect.

Death from Afar
March 13, 2006, 04:08 PM
Sorry, I meant only small game. I havent seen half these weird North American critters before.

fisherman66
March 13, 2006, 04:12 PM
Sorry, I meant only small game. I havent seen half these weird North American critters before.


I wish we could do a critter swap. I'd trade you a couple hun'erd head of Whitetail for a couple hun'erd head of Red Stag. I'm sure we could find a few other critters to swap after the first arc full.

Greybeard
March 13, 2006, 07:44 PM
FMJs are notorious for "skipping" (over berms) and one of the reasons prohibited at many rifle ranges. Something to keep in mind for the "and beyond your target" rule.

They are pretty pricey, but bullets such as the V-Max pretty much disinegrate (at normal distances anyway) upon hitting the first object - hopefully, a puff of fur in a pink mist.

colt
March 13, 2006, 08:21 PM
use whatever the hell you want. any .223 round on the market will make the little buggers EXPLODE:eek:

Duxman
March 21, 2006, 11:47 AM
Any chance a 9mm would be enough to take out the critters @ 50 - 100 yards?

I have a Storm CX4 9mm that I would very much like to test on these critters.

azredhawk44
March 21, 2006, 01:01 PM
Heck, a 10/22 in 22magnum would take care of your problems out to 200 yards. Or any other rifle in 22magnum.

Since your "exterminating" rather than hunting, you could even get by with some premium 22LR ammo like CCI stingers. That would be lethal to critters out to 100 yards as long as you can put the bullet in the right place. And, with 22LR you can get by without any ear protection at all and have zero discomfort from it.

I'd save the .223 for a safer environment to unleash that type of bullet.

FirstFreedom
March 21, 2006, 02:03 PM
My friends and I have been hired to do "pest control" - blast away at groundhogs, nuetra, and coyotes in a co-worker's 1000 acre property.

Nice work if you can get it. :)

Duxman
March 21, 2006, 03:11 PM
Thanks guys.

Yeah - the pay for "pest control" sucks...but then again, I would pay to do this kinda work. :D

stevelyn
March 21, 2006, 08:45 PM
I'm not a big fan of Remington ammo, but they have a .223 load in their Premier Varmint line that's loaded with 50 Hornady V-Maxes.

Death from Afar
March 24, 2006, 03:55 PM
I recall brassing up a Hare with a C9 Minimi machine gun once. It wasnt as good as it was after a hail of FMJ rds.

I'd trade you a couple hun'erd head of Whitetail for a couple hun'erd head of Red Stag. I'm sure we could find a few other critters to swap after the first arc full.

Mate- we have tonnes of rabbits, possums and blackbirds to give away. Last time I went out pigeon shooting we shot 600 between the three of us.

jamaica
March 25, 2006, 12:29 AM
Quote: use whatever the hell you want. any .223 round on the market will make the little buggers EXPLODE
End Quote

I agree.

If you can hit em you got em.

I like the Hornady Spire Point 55 gr bullets in my 222.

Shakazulu
March 25, 2006, 08:45 PM
They make safe ammo for shooting indoor pest. It's called Rat Shot. I'm not possitive what companies make it, but I have seen it in .22 and .38 special. If you look around your bond to find it.

JohnKSa
March 25, 2006, 09:00 PM
Go with a lightweight hollowpoint. You want something that will come apart when it hits the ground, not something that will hold together and ricochet a mile.

Anthony2
April 12, 2006, 11:03 PM
By the way, Rat Shot is only good for about 10 yds.

Smoke Screen
April 12, 2006, 11:22 PM
For the critters that i deal with, a .22 suits me dandy. I've made some slight improvements from the factory models, but I'm not really shooting at anything bigger than nutria out here. For anything larger, I'd echo what has already been said about the .223 I don't own one, (still a poor student), but I have shot them extensively @ pests. We've been wagin a war with those flea bitten, thorn in the side, no good lowlifes for eeeeeever! :cool:

Anthony2
April 13, 2006, 08:52 PM
I've seen this a few times...
Can anyone tell me what on earth a nutria is?

CHRISBENNETT
May 21, 2009, 10:34 AM
Weather it's killing a wild boar or just lounging round the house, the mark 23 usually goes off without a hitch.

hogdogs
May 21, 2009, 11:42 AM
Knowing full well the low pay for most of us "critter gitters", I use the opportunity to increase my skill. A .22lr is .04-.05 per round. That is the most cost effective round. If you can learn the skills to get close enuff to use a well scoped rifle than you are not only doing the job cheaper but also garnering skills that will help in all your out door activities. Baiting, food plots and other tricks can be had with the savings in ammo costs... What is the number one attracting food for each critter? Plant a little bit and set up in a lawn chair...
Dillars were one of my target pests and really liked to punt the bugger before shooting it...
Brent

James R. Burke
June 2, 2009, 07:17 PM
I have tryed the 55 b.t. in a differnt caliber, and they worked great. Nice red mist.

nitetrane98
June 2, 2009, 08:10 PM
I've seen this a few times...
Can anyone tell me what on earth a nutria is?

Terribly destructive little creatures that will chew up anything they can get their teeth on. Anything left in the boathouse is history.
http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=nutria&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2&aq=f&oq=


We don't need many 2-300 yd shots around here. My favorite varminter up to coyotes would be my .17HMR. I know that's not what you have but my point is I believe your .223 would be completely sufficient. If they made a round like the CCI .17HMR Dynamite for the .223, I guarantee they'll work. Talk about your pink mist!!! They field dress them.