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Old March 10, 2007, 12:06 PM   #10
Art Eatman
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Join Date: November 13, 1998
Location: Terlingua, TX, USA
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Prairie dogs are squirrel sized. The killing is no big deal, as far as what bullet is used from a .223.

The only real issue is the accuracy of the load.

People worry too much, get too nit-picky, about what bullet, what cartridge, etc., etc., on stuff like prairie dogs.

A .17 Mach II is plenty good to 100 yards. Once the wind and drop are determined by the shooter, they're adequate to 200 yards. That's what I watched, anyway.

I was getting hits to 300 yards with my .223; about six inches of holdover, roughly. On that particular day, about four inches allowance for the breeze.

IOW, go have fun.

, Art
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