Ground hog shrugs off jsb 18.59 gr .22 headshot

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    2muchair4leyla
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    I've got a groundhog laughing at  me got a headshot w jsb monster switched to a H&N barracuda hunter extreme he shrugged again so I now have a full clip of H&N piledriver for him any tips on regulator settings for fx impact MKII. 

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    L.Leon
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    A proper headshot with a JSB 18 within acceptable range equals dead right there, DRT. If it happened twice I would question shot placement.

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    hitech
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    If it happened twice, I would question how bad azz that ground hog is.  I've shot them .with 177 to the head and have no problems.  Shot placement of course is key, usually ear or between ear and eye.

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    Pneumatic-Addict
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    How far away was that hard-headed hog?

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    vmaxpro
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    Ive sent them damn things to orbit with 6mm ackleys and they still got to their hole! If deer were that tough we would need rpg’s lol. I hit one lookin right at me between the eyes with a 22’lr and it ricocheted’ and he took off. Those things can be tough!

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    vmaxpro

    Ive sent them damn things to orbit with 6mm ackleys and they still got to their hole! If deer were that tough we would need rpg’s lol. I hit one lookin right at me between the eyes with a 22’lr and it ricocheted’ and he took off. Those things can be tough!

    When I doubt go big, I use to coyote hunt with a 300wsm. 

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    Dave
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    I have taken many groundhogs with the 18gr JSB's, but it is all about shot placement. A heart lung shot will equal a GH that goes off and dies in the hole, and if others live in same hole, it may feel like you didn't finish him off. A shot to the area between eye and ear will normally drop them instantly. 

     

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    Raden1942
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    Do you have a chrony? I was hunting birds one time with a springer and didn't know that I had a seal blown so all it would do is knock feathers off and hurt them. I would suggest running it over the chrony just to make sure shes running with all 8 cylinders. There is a certain part of a gh skull that is really tough tho. Imagine if it was human the top of the forehead where the hairline is. That area is thicker and rounded so it could help to deflect. Good luck but if I were you I would want at least 15 fpe behind that pill when it hits the gh. I have never seen one shrug off that kind of power with a head shot. In any case I dont think hes laughing. 

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    vmaxpro

    Ive sent them damn things to orbit with 6mm ackleys and they still got to their hole! If deer were that tough we would need rpg’s lol. I hit one lookin right at me between the eyes with a 22’lr and it ricocheted’ and he took off. Those things can be tough!

    When I doubt go big, I use to coyote hunt with a 300wsm. 

    Thats what I like to hear!

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    2muchair4leyla
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    Ok I usually aim between the eyes it's like a 30 yard shot so I figured headshot would take him out didn't think shot placement would be an issue also I use a vortex amg hu1 holographic sight so aiming for a specific head shot is ify  its basically aim for the head or aim for the body works great for squirrels but I don't want them running off mortally wounded and suffering for hours you think the heavier pellet will put him down DRT or do you need a specific shot placement regardless of fpe the 29gr piledriver is chronied @ 749

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    Swish
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    There are almost endless variables when shooting critters. I like to Google Image the skulls of animals in question. It usually sheds light on not only placement but the proper angles to shoot them.

    It's like when you hear people talk about bullets skipping off bear skulls. It's not that they have super thick/hard skulls as much as it is the shallow angle of them when facing you.

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    Bob_O
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    That weight and velocity is plenty.  I've killed them easily with 15.89 and 18.13gr JSB from the Streamline 22.  I'll link a video of mine…..there are plenty shots in there to look at if you choose…..its a compilation. 

     

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    GWHcraig
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    there is no reason it should be alive. sounds like either you never hit him, or your velocity is SUPER low. 

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    deke
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    The military developed sloped armour for tank frontal glacis plates for two reasons. It increases both the likelihood of projectiles glancing off the glacis and the apparent thickness the projectile needs to penetrate the armour. 

    The front of a Chucks skull is similarly sloped and armoured. If given the choice, I prefer the side profile shot between eye and ear.    

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    The military developed sloped armour for tank frontal glacis plates for two reasons. It increases both the likelihood of projectiles glancing off the glacis and the apparent thickness the projectile needs to penetrate the armour. 

    The front of a Chucks skull is similarly sloped and armoured. If given the choice, I prefer the side profile shot between eye and ear.    

    Exactly. 

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    BlackICE
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    Same thing with raccoons,  If you take a frontal shot, it is best if their head is tilted downward so the angle is better.

    Can someone point out the location of the ear on the skull? 

     

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    survivor45
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    A 3D view would be better. As for ground hogs From what I see, closer to the ear the better. From my thumb back is the brain cavity. Sorry for the sideways photo 

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    2muchair4leyla
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    My hammerspring set screw is loose it backed all the way out as I tried to zero the sight what the hell

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    Bob_O
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    Put in back in with some locktite.

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    elh0102
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    Killing a ground hog with an air rifle is roughly analogous to killing a coyote with a .22 RF. Either can be done humanely, but it requires precise shot placement. For those who insist on using an air rifle by choice rather than necessity, I hope you are conscientious in knowing and adhering to the limitations. 

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