My longest groundhog shot, so far

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  1. 1badDart

    1badDart 6 pointer

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    Yesterday I made my longest shot on a groundhog so far, 446 yards. My previous was 416 earlier this spring. I've also killed them at 360 and 400 this spring. My rifle is a 22-250 Savage Model 12FVSS in a Stockade Elk Stalker stock with a Leupold VX3 6.5-20 with a varmint hunter reticle. I load 55gr Sierra Gamekings over 36.0 grains of Varget. This rifle shoots them very well.

    I missed a groundhog at 450 yards (same spot) last year so I set up a target there to learn my hold. I didn't miss this time ;).
     
  2. JR in KY

    JR in KY 12 pointer

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    Great Shot for sure!
    Savage Rifles Shoot !
     
  3. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    I've got the same rifle in the same caliber...sweet shooter!
     
  4. coysmoker

    coysmoker 6 pointer

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    Wow! Great Shot! That would have been something to brag about if it were a deer size target.
     
  5. mwezell

    mwezell 12 pointer

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    Heck of a shot! Way to go!
     
  6. 1badDart

    1badDart 6 pointer

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    Thanks guys. Here's the rifle.

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  7. mulehead

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    Do u have a video of the kill
     
  8. OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I miss shootin whistle pigs up north.

    Probably ain't going to make it up there this year.

    We have very few around us anymore.
     
  9. 1badDart

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    No video, I don't have the equipment.

    Victim
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    My bench is set up behind my shop, yellow circle. I was standing beside the dead groundhog when the photo was taken.
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  10. 1badDart

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    There are not near as many as there used to be here. When I was a kid I'd ride around on weekends with my uncles and shoot them. It was not uncommon to kill 6-8 a day back then. Plus the farmers welcomed us to shoot them, not so much these days.
     
  11. slobear

    slobear 12 pointer

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    I also remember those days when a farmer would give me the keys to his 4 wheeler (maybe second or third I ever sat on) and tell me to kill everyone I seen. I remember shooting them with everything from a 22 mag to a 30/06, depending on ammo availability. I distinctly remember field dressing one that was walking towards me with a 22-250. Looked like you took an old hickory butcher knife to a ripe watermelon.
     
  12. Ezelkyhunter

    Ezelkyhunter 8 pointer

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    Wonder why populations are down so much?
     
  13. Wiley Coyote eats them and makes a den out of his old home. Coyotes were extremely hard on the ground hog and red fox when they arrived in force in KY.

     
  14. JR in KY

    JR in KY 12 pointer

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    They have got smarter though; they are denning closer to human habitation now to try to lessen the Coyote threat. I have another nest of Ghogs in my barn again and I need to remove them.
    YoYo kills so many Coyotes in his area that the Groundhogs are overrunning the Bluegrass now.
     
  15. scsims

    scsims 10 pointer

    Nice shot and rifle, makes me get the itch to go do some long range shooting..... it's been a while since I've had the time.
     

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