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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-07-2011, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Not Really A Handgun Shooter...

but I did go on an intersting handgun hunt one time. They flew some of out to Wyoming to shoot plains rats (p. dogs) with pistols. I had a ball and even hit a couple. We were shooting up to 100 yards. Since I went to college there, it was kinda like an old homecoming for me.



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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-07-2011, 09:45 PM
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What are you shooting? Looks a lot like my Ruger single six in 17 HMR.
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What are you shooting? Looks a lot like my Ruger single six in 17 HMR.
Those are all various guns from freedom Arms. I was shooting a hopped up .22 magnum. I went through about 300 bullets and maybe hit two dozen p. dogs.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-09-2011, 12:20 AM
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Reminds me of hunting prairie rats er, prairie dogs many, many years ago outside of Dillon, MT. An army buddy invited me to visit his home town. We used Ruger Mk II's with 4 or 6 inch barrel and were hitting the crazy critters out to 100 yards.

The local ranchers didn't seem to mind, as long as it was the prairie rats we were hitting and not the cows. The rat holes were a nuisance to both cattle and horses, causing many broken legs, so we availed ourselves of several boxes of .22 long rifle apiece before heading out to pasture. At times, we saw only the heads sticking above ground. Hitting something the size of a half dollar from 75 to 100 yards was something we were never certain about, not until seeing the dust and dirt flying thereby confirming a hit.

Those were the days . . . . . . . . . .

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-09-2011, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Lotta fun for sure. They tear the heck out of grazing land. When I lived in WY, we use to go out regularly with .22 rifles and a case of something and spend an afternoon in the hot sun. My then B-I-L had 22,000 acres near Glenrock and we really worked on the vile things.

At night, we worked on the jackrabbits. We got .15 for blacktail and .25 for whitetail. They used them for mink food and glove linings. We hunted them from the truck when it was cold and when we had a truck load frozen in the truck, I took them to Casper and sold them. Paid for the shells and gas.

Side benefit was, I became one heck of a rifle shot. Elk, antelope and mulies out to 350 yards were in serious trouble if I had a solid rest.
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