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    The killing fields....

    Went out today to shoot a few chucks. I shot at three and got two of them.

    I hit this red-belly at 270 yards


    I got this slob at 310 yards


    Sorry about the cell phone pics of the whistle pigs. It was a toss up between carrying the camera or carrying the range finder.

    I used my favorite varmint rifle, a Savage 12FV chambered in .204 Ruger. I love this rifle!

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    Nice lookin rig you have there, and good shooting. What kind of scope is that? Looks like a beast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    Nice lookin rig you have there, and good shooting. What kind of scope is that? Looks like a beast.
    It's a Mueller with Leupold rings and a Leupold 1 piece base.

    http://www.muelleroptics.com/products/MU83244TD

    I think I paid $215 for it from Dennis at Mizzou Mule Guns

    PS: He's open to haggling.

    The .204 shoots so flat and fast that I watch the hogs crumble through the scope. Even at 300 yards the POA is POI.

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    Nice rifle! That barrel looks a mile long. 24"? I'm a little surprised it didn't demolish the chucks.
    My little Rem. 788 in .223 did and I never bothered with hollow points. Like you .204, when fired, you could see the bullet impact. Nice to be your own spotter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Nice rifle! That barrel looks a mile long. 24"? I'm a little surprised it didn't demolish the chucks.
    My little Rem. 788 in .223 did and I never bothered with hollow points. Like you .204, when fired, you could see the bullet impact. Nice to be your own spotter.
    The first hog had a ripped a hole in the side and the gut bag was coming out, but the second hog only had an entry wound that looked like he was stabbed with a Bic pen and there was not an exit wound. The .204, while very capable at dispatching the varmints doesn't always shred them like other calibers do. I would say that 70% of the time there is no mess at all.

    I am using handloads with 27.5 grains of Varget powder, a CCI BR4 primer and a Seirra Blitz King 39 grain bullet sitting atop a Remington case loaded off the neck.

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    my videos from the last 2 weeks....

    YouTube - Groundhog Varminting in Ohio 2010

    YouTube - More Groundhog Varminting in Ohio 2010

    YouTube - Groundhog Varminting in Ohio 2010. 3

    longest shot this summer was 586y

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ring View Post
    my videos from the last 2 weeks....

    YouTube - Groundhog Varminting in Ohio 2010

    YouTube - More Groundhog Varminting in Ohio 2010

    YouTube - Groundhog Varminting in Ohio 2010. 3

    longest shot this summer was 586y

    savage LRPV 223 1-9
    60gr nosler Btip
    75gr bthp
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    I really like the 12 LRPV. My buddy has it in 6MM Norma BR and that rifle is awesome. I like the left side eject port and the absence of a magazine. My only gripe with the 12FV is the cheap-o magazine. I never use it. Instead, I load each round manually. The LRPV single shot has that nice smooth floor that allows the rounds to slide right into the chamber.

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    Just Curious

    Didn't Ruger discontinue building .204's?
    is .204 ammo hard to find? strictly a reload cailiber?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brady View Post
    Didn't Ruger discontinue building .204's?
    is .204 ammo hard to find? strictly a reload cailiber?
    they still make it... but its pretty sucktastic past 300y.. run the balistics on it, for wind drift and drop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ring View Post
    they still make it... but its pretty sucktastic past 300y.. run the balistics on it, for wind drift and drop
    Sucktastic past 300yds? Are you kidding? The rifle is capable of 450 yard kills. Out past 450 the energy drops off but it is a great shooter until then.

    Ammo is easy to find but who in their right mind shoots factory ammo when you are shooting at 450 yard targets anyway? I reload for everything.

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    Awesome! Shame we don't have pests like that in Florida we can "disperse" of so easily. I could do that all day!

    Any vid of the 586 yard shot?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Siafu View Post
    Sucktastic past 300yds? Are you kidding? The rifle is capable of 450 yard kills. Out past 450 the energy drops off but it is a great shooter until then.

    Ammo is easy to find but who in their right mind shoots factory ammo when you are shooting at 450 yard targets anyway? I reload for everything.
    your right... i just ran the numbers... the only bad thing that still stands is a bad lack of penetration... ive seen shoots on coyotes that didnt get past the shoulder...

    so for small varmits it would be great... best in a AR platform...


    and with that, here is my new video #4 with shots out past 700y

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC6dffKJx4o

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