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Prairie Dogs with a .243?
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I have always wanted to go Prairie Dog hunting but don't have a gun for that.

I don't buy a "varmint gun" since I never go Prairie Dog hunting........

I came across a good deal on a .243.

What do you guys think about that for Prairie Dog hunting?


I know it will do the job but I have not shot one before so I am not familiar with the recoil.

I know I would not want to shoot my 7mm dozens of times.

Posted on: 8/21 10:24:23
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Re: Prairie Dogs with a .243?
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A guy I work with shoots 308, but he enjoys very long distance shooting. The muzzle jump and cost of ammo would be undesirable to me. If I had to choose one gun I would go with a .223 or 22-250. When the wind is down a light caliber like .20VT or .22 hornet is more fun. If you have to hold the gun down or jump off target every shot that gets frustrating.

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Re: Prairie Dogs with a .243?
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I would say if you're just wanting to try prairie dog hunting, that .243 will be just fine. You just won't be shooting as often. The recoil shouldn't be an issue with light loads, but you will have to be careful not to overheat the barrel. I've shot with guys that went through 200-300 rounds in a day with their .204's, .223's, and 22-250's, which you won't want to be doing with the .243. I never really got into prairie dog shooting, but did go a couple years in a row about 15 years ago and had a blast. I had along my .17HMR for bulk shooting and also had my .25-06 when I really wanted to reach out and smoke a pup.

Not sure if you load, but you can get 55-60gr bullet for the .243. Otherwise I would look for the lightest over the counter load you can find. The nice thing about using your "deer" rifle for shooting a few dogs is that it's a good way to get used to the gun and really hone your skills.

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Re: Prairie Dogs with a .243?
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This would be in addition to my deer guns. I have a 7mm from my up north days. Now I hunt in shotgun land.

This will for sure be another "reason" to get that 5.56 I have been talking myself out of for years.

Posted on: 8/24 13:05:04
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Re: Prairie Dogs with a .243?
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Back in the 70's and 80's, my uncles and dad were using their .243's for Prairie Dogs and Coyotes in SD. They were using 80 grain FMJ loaded up to 3300 fps. I got my uncle's reloading equipment when he passed and some of those bullets and recipes were in there. My Hornady reloading manual shows you can load 58 grain V-Max bullets up to 3800 fps.

Posted on: 8/24 19:09:12
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