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Old 04-30-2009, 12:36 PM
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Default A Great Time in the Oregon Rat Fields

My crew and I (Eastern Oregon Raptor Feeding Society) just returned from our third ground squirrel shoot here, and although it's still early spring, the juveniles as well as the adult squirrels are now almost all above ground. We shot for three full days with 17HMR's (longest hit at 256 yds), but mostly 223's and 204's out to the 450 yard mark, all the wind would allow without wasting precious ammo and components. You just can't beat the performance of a well tuned 204.

The rancher friend lets us use his old Chev F/B truck with gooseneck F/B trailer to give us elevated shooting positions, and that really makes it nice to see the little buggers way out there in the alfalfa. Here's some shots of the recent event.

Me lining up my 11 twist custom M700 on a distant rat:

You can see the bullet strike to the right of the wellhead at about 225 yds:

Skippy flies "204 Airways" (shot w/200mm tele lens):

My Ruger No.1V .223 overlooking a very target rich environment:

The 17HMR really puts the hurt on even adult squirrels (17gr V-Max):

Our colors flying over the Rat C.P.:

It was a good shoot, and we estimate in the three days just over 1,000 squirrels went to the Great Alfalfa Patch in the Sky. No worries, they breed like rats.....cause they ARE!

I shoot many varmint calibers, love them all, but if a guy had to have only one rat rifle (I'm not talking coyotes here), give me a well tuned 204 Ruger any day, especially an 11 twist for the 39's and 40 grainers. Flat shooting, range forgiving, hard hitting. I'm sold.
Rick in Oregon - The East Side High Desert (Where common sense still prevails) NRA Life, VHA, OHA & VVA
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