P-Rod Prairie Dogs??

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    sscoyote
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    Anybody ever try it? Thinking maybe 50-75 yards. Could be a great pistol for the head shots that are often encountered on a PD town “walkabout”.

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    Plinkster
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    Usually prairie dogs are in windy territory so heavier pellets would be needed. It can be done but not with a p-rod not enough power!

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    wyshadow
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    I have hunted pdogs with a prod. Very hard to do. I think got maybe 4 dogs with a prod

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    sscoyote
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    Interesting–ok guys will give it a go and see what happens–THKS!!
     

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    JimNM
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    I went 4 for 4 when I was hunting pdogs with my slightly detuned P-rod.  Know your range and know your gun.

    Out to 45 yards head shots turn them off like a switch.

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    AJ
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    I think it will be pushing it too far if using the factory barrel and TP, if it has a good  LW barrel and larger TP then I think it is doable shooting it tethered to a regulated bottle with a very stable rest..
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    AJ
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    0.130 TP tuned to shoot 21gr Kodiaks at 800fps tethered to a bottle regulated to 2000psi, Otherwise you are only going to get 8 shots at this power level stringing straight down with each shot.and Hill now makes them in a larger 0.140 but haven’t tried it yet.
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    wyshadow
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    You could maybe get a few dogs the first time you roll up but will find out pdogs get weary fast and will soon be out of range for a prod.

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    davecole
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    Several of us went to Bad River Bucks and Birds on a prairie dog hunt last week with Jim Chapman and it was WINDY!! (plinkster is right about prairie dogs and wind)
    I don’t think that anyone shot a .22. Some of us had them and I never took my Veteran shorty out of the case.
    About 80% of my shots were taken from 50 to 100 yards with 10% being less and 10% being beyond with both a TT Condor 25 and a Cricket .25. 
    Pdogs are bigger than red and gray squirrels around here. I’ve shot plenty nutters out to 40 yards with ease using my Prod. 50y maybe a bit harder and 75y would be really lucky; and that’s with little to no wind downrange. 
    Pdogs are fun to hunt that’s for sure!! 
     

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    JimNM
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    75 yards is beyond what I feel the P-rod can do realistically.  

    As I read your question, you are asking about opportunistic shots rather than a smack-down eradication program aimed at population control.  Why not try it out and tell us how it goes?  What have you got to lose?

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    NMshooter
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    I would agree with Davecole.
    On a calm day, a .22 (at 28-32 FPE) can be effective to about 65-75 yards. Once the wind blows you need more power and a heavier pellet. Last time out I hit 2 P-dogs at 100 yards with my .25 Marauder. I had to allow four mil dots for the wind. I missed quite a few shots just due to playing the wind. If I had a .22 I would have had to allow even more for the wind and I would have just given up. With a P-rod in the wind, your limit would be about 35-40 due to the lower FPE. If you attempt to hunt P-dogs with a P-rod, I would recommend you do it on a calm day. I have two rifles that are at 14 FPE and I routinely target shoot to 50 yards (never hunted with them). I can get some pretty nice groups when the wind is mild. Once the wind picks up, I choose a more powerful rifle.

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    sscoyote
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    Thks. guys for all the great comments. Been shooting p-dogs for about 40 years now so I know their habits no problem. I’ll just be walking some of the time through the town anticipating the head shots that are often encountered using this system, and have often shot them with bows. Should be a fun walking gun so we’ll see what happens.

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