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#180727 - 05/06/17 11:12 PM Re: Rock Chucks! [Re: racksmasher1]
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Really impressive!! Sounds like you both had a lot of fun.

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#180728 - 05/07/17 09:10 AM Re: Rock Chucks! [Re: cherokeetracker]
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We did have a lot of fun.
I just enjoyed getting to know Ruth Ann and Dick better.
I think Dick and I kind of enabled each other a little bit too...
I know the chuck hunting bug has latched on to me pretty good
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#180735 - 05/07/17 04:38 PM Re: Rock Chucks! [Re: Ernie]
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When I shoot Rock Chucks for these farmers I go at it in a different way, they want them GONE! So I get myself into position to eliminate the problem. Most of my shooting with my Custom Shop XP 223 is 150-300 yds. It's really kind of tough to get much closer than 150 yds. after the first shot anyway.
Ernie liked to start at 300 yds & go out to Salt Lake City....almost! He was there to play, have a good time & test his ability against some Idaho wind & the eye sight of the Rock Chucks, which is very, very good.
Like I said earlier, he would pass on the close shots so he could take the longer, 350 550 yd. shots & was making quick & accurate calculations & making the shots. The only problem we were seeing was the match grade bullets were killing slow & sometimes I was calling the shot high then we would see the Chuck slowly roll over just as he was about to shoot again.
Rock Chucks are tough & at a quarter mile & beyond I'm sure he actually hit some that I called high & the Chuck made it over a lava rock & died out of sight.
A varmint type bullet would work better but you have a bit of a learning curve when doing something new. Nothing new about hitting though, that came right out of the gate with 7 straight from tough shooting positions & most times just off of his soft shooting gear bag.
Probably only one other shooter in the country could do that.

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#180737 - 05/07/17 05:25 PM Re: Rock Chucks! [Re: sixshot]
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Next time, I will choose a bullet that still has a good ballistic coefficient and will be much more fragile than the match king.
A 105 grain Hornady Amax does a very good job on the small critters in 6mm and the same bullet in the 120 class and 140 class also works very good too.
75 grain and 80 grain A-Max's out of my fast twist 22 Creed will be devastating.
I know I had the wrong bullet for the job but it's what I had ready to go to time.
You taught me the ropes the past couple days and I will be better prepared in the future.
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#180747 - 05/08/17 11:14 AM Re: Rock Chucks! [Re: Ernie]
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The more I use that HSP pistol the more I love it! Everything about the action is everything the XP should've been but never was. Add to that how accurate their barrels are and then just the aesthetics of how it is finished it makes it just outstanding! I don't get excited about things, or say things just to make someone happy. My feelings and assessments come through actual use.
I don't own one of their rifles but if they are anything like my HSP, it'll be good equipment.
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