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Old 02-25-2020, 10:29 AM
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Default 17 AH effective range

I have a 17 AH and was wondering what you guys consider to be the effective range on this for varmint hunting?
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Old 02-25-2020, 11:29 AM
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Default How big a Varmint?

I watched Dan C shoot a prairie dog in Nebraska at 500 yards at the Saubiers shoot a few years back,it dropped over dead.No acrobatics or anything,I would say that is the limit for the 17AH on pd’s,that Cooper was very accurate.Just cause you can hit something doesn’t mean you should shoot it,you need to know what energy your round has at given distances,I remember Dan saying in one of his articles that coyotes needed 400 foot pounds of energy to be cleanly killed.Im sure the 17Ackley has fallen below that threshold at 500 yards.
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Old 02-25-2020, 01:15 PM
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Default 17 AH Hornet

Thanks Matt,. I picked one up not too long ago and was curious as to it's effective range. It's one I didn't need but at that moment I thought I had to have it. Just trying to figure out if it's a keeper or one to sell. O know they have a big following.
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Old 02-25-2020, 11:15 PM
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I shoot a Cooper 38 Classic. I regularly shoot to 300 yards with one shot kills. On one outing I had been shooting all day in a cross wind of 10 to 15 MPH. and having to hold into the wind about two dogs for a hit. Late in the evening the wind subsided and I was glassing much further out to locate the dogs. I had the leupold set on max magnification, 20x, and spotted a group of five dogs in close proximity to each other. Taking the scope down I could not see them with the naked eye. I found them again and fired a shot, low, applied some Kentucky windage, fired another, much closer. the third shot connected. I killed three dogs with the next 8 shots. I walked out and found them. All were upper body hits and one shot kills. The only evidence of a hit was a small entrance hole with a spot of blood about the size of a match head. On the return trip to the vehicle I counted 570 steps, which for me was some over 400 yards. If the hits had not been upper body they would likely have crawled off. I now limit shot to 300 or less.
This little gun seams to be laser guided and makes hits that I am sure that I missed. One of my favorite cartridges.
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Old 02-26-2020, 01:15 AM
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250 yards on woodchucks is the furthest I have stretched mine. Most of my shots are 200 and under though. They simply fall over dead like someone hit the off switch. You get to watch it all through the scope. My Cooper Jackson Varminter is probably my favorite walking woodchuck rifle.
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Old 02-26-2020, 05:26 AM
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I've never fired one so far.

I did shoot about 4-5 p/d's with my .223 at 400yards
in a row and about 10mph breeze. Then the fellow I was with
said: "try it with my rifle" .17 Rem. with about a 12" lop for his
short arms.
I hit three in a row, so six or seven dead with not a miss.
Fired over the hood of his p/up on bipods it seems.

He tried it with both guns about 3 or 4 per and never hit one.
He couldn't believe it. He paced it off to a full honest 400yards.

I made quite a few that year and the next a whole lot further out with my
Sako .223. Someday I'd like to take a range finder out there and measure
that one particular area. I know I could find it again.

One thing I've learned about such doings. You've gotta keep in practice!

I've found with this: 55gr, 25gr 4895. "in 10mph breeze, hold a height high,
and a height up wind should be a good hold for hits".
Those two rifles were zeroed: 2" high at 100yds.

Those years I was shooting LOT's of 'em often and nearly always prone.
About the best shooting I've ever done. Easy 2-3000 each summer.

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Old 02-26-2020, 12:34 PM
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On a pdog trip in '18, my longest "kill" was ~520 yds, 223 with Nosler 55g btips. Bullet just punched a hole in the pdog, it fell over dead. Bullet did not even exit the critter. At least the critter didn't flinch, etc., after being hit.
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Old 02-26-2020, 06:02 PM
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I have shot field rats to just over 500 lasered yards, with my .17AH, and 454 yards with a .22 Hornet. The AH was running 20gr. Vmax at 3,925fps MV. All gophers were instant kills.
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