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Stretch 04-03-2017 07:56 PM

Prairie Dog - bullet recommendations (6.5mm/.264)
 
I know the prairie dog doesn't hold stature as "big game", but some of us REALLY enjoy them (for shooting, not for eating)!

My friends and I really like the Vmax line for these rascals, however the only Vmax in 6.5mm is a 95 grainer. I suspect that will be a long jump to the lands in a 6.5 Creedmoor, so I'm looking for other options with great expansion characteristics - for terminal impact and to avoid ricochet problems!

Have any of you folks experimented with bullets like AMAX or SST (or others) on prairie dogs?? If you don't mind sharing your results, it would be GREATLY appreciated!

thanks,
Stretch

rickiesrevenge 04-04-2017 12:30 AM

I've seen 6.5mm 140gr amax open up PD's pretty darn good at 500 yards. That was fired out of a 6.5-06 specialty pistol, so probably similar speeds to what a rifle in 6.5 creedmoor would generate.

Aaron

csterner 04-04-2017 01:04 AM

I missed a mule deer twice at 325 once with my 7-08. Kinda torqued me off as he ran over the knoll. An unsuspecting PD was standing there at 200. I took the opportunity to check my zero. That 140 ballistic tip sure made a mess of him! Don't count out the lighter "big game" poly tips. A 120 grain-ish would probably work good.

GrocMax 04-04-2017 05:55 AM

Don't have a 6.5 but Speer makes a 6.5 TNT, Sierra has 2 sub 100g varmint bullets, and Hornady has a light vmax.

Stretch 04-04-2017 02:07 PM

Thanks !!
That's exactly the type of first hand information I was hoping to learn from.
Our prairie dog spots are about a 14 hour drive from home, so it's challenging logistically to check these things out firsthand.

The land owner where we hunt elk likes us to also help keep the prairie dog populations under control. We try to help out. Lots of times on the way home, we are asking ourselves if we just had an elk hunt with prairie dogs on the side, or maybe it was a prairie dog shoot, with an elk hunt on the side... but a LOT of fun and good times!

Thanks again!
Stretch

17VLD 04-07-2017 12:22 PM

I remember that day Aaron
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rickiesrevenge (Post 253357)
I've seen 6.5mm 140gr amax open up PD's pretty darn good at 500 yards. That was fired out of a 6.5-06 specialty pistol, so probably similar speeds to what a rifle in 6.5 creedmoor would generate.

Aaron

Ernie let out a laugh that was priceless as I hit that first pd from his 6.5-06 SP
The term turned inside out was made apparent that day with the 140A-Max
I first thought the 140 was a bit much for pds,but it sure worked well on them.
Matt

rickiesrevenge 04-09-2017 07:18 PM

That was a fun day wasn't it Matt?


Aaron

17VLD 04-10-2017 11:28 AM

Yes it was...
 
It was the day the SP bug bit me:D
Matt

Stretch 06-20-2017 06:53 PM

Test loads ready..
 
thanks to feedback here, I have a few loads ready for volunteer prairie dogs this weekend:
< 6.5 Creedmoor >
- 95gr V-Max
- 120gr A-Max

Should be interesting!


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