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#198961 - 04/14/19 08:35 PM Longest handgun varmint kill question.
Pa. Mike
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Just wondering what the longest distance confirmed kill on a Woodchuck , Rock Chuck , etc. using a handgun was. If anyone would like to join in the conversation the gun type and caliber would be nice to know also.

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#198963 - 04/14/19 08:53 PM Re: Longest handgun varmint kill question. [Re: Pa. Mike]
45MAN
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WE OUGHT TO BE HEARING FROM DOC AND ERNIE ON THIS ONE.
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#198966 - 04/14/19 10:43 PM Re: Longest handgun varmint kill question. [Re: 45MAN]
billa
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My longest PA groundhog kill is 325 yards with a stock Contender in 223 Rem. Scope is a 4x12 Bushnell Scope chief IV. Laying prone on a small field bag. That should get the bell rolling for the guys that really go long.
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#198970 - 04/15/19 09:53 AM Re: Longest handgun varmint kill question. [Re: billa]
wvhitman
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When the Varmint Hunters Assn. was running I had 2 members here hunting groundhogs with me. Last hour of last day of hunt I did one at 503 yds. (lasered) with my .250 Sav. AI and 85 gr. BT. Used a Burris 3-12X BPlex. Held the top of the bottom crosshair on it. Shot was of my ever present backpack filled with very firm pillows. Just not a lot of places in WV to get shots like that. Have done a lot since in the low 400 yd. range.

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#198973 - 04/15/19 02:12 PM Re: Longest handgun varmint kill question. [Re: wvhitman]
longhunter
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Dont know if you consider a squirrel a varmint but I took this one at about 75yards with my Taurus .22lr, my longest handgun kill.
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#198977 - 04/15/19 04:26 PM Re: Longest handgun varmint kill question. [Re: longhunter]
Vance in AK.
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Yeah I think Ernie will leave us all in the dust on this one...
I remember when... Actually all I know was it was over 31 years ago because that's when I came to Alaska, but when I still lived in Oregon I remember walking in one one a rockchuck from a bit over a paced 400yds. It took several rounds to walk it in. That was with a factory XP-100 in 221 Fireball :-) I don't remember what the scope was but I believe it was a fixed 6x, & I had home made sandbags (old socks filled with sand). Mostly luck & his suicidal tendency to cooperate by hanging out for multiple attempts.
Never liked that gun. 10" barrel & mid grip just felt funky
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#198983 - 04/15/19 06:48 PM Re: Longest handgun varmint kill question. [Re: Vance in AK.]
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Rock Chuck at 486 yds with a Bullberry 6.5/284 with a 3X12 Burris on top. I had missed him a few minutes earlier but my spotter called the shot for me & I got him with the second shot. Where I live I could have done longer shots many times when I had some of the bigger single shots but I always tried to get a bit closer. I usually hunt alone & it's hard to call the shots.
I'm sure when Dr Rogers gets here next month he'll probably beat his old record. Any distance is possible out here.
A few years ago I was spotting for Bob Baker of Freedom Arms as he tested his, not yet on the market single shot. If I remember correctly the shot was 606 yds on the first shot & I think it was a 6.5 caliber of some sort, can't remember.

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#198984 - 04/15/19 07:32 PM Re: Longest handgun varmint kill question. [Re: sixshot]
H2OBUG
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Prairie dog .223 Contender 3-12 Burris 683 yards if I remember right think it took 12 shots.
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#198985 - 04/15/19 09:22 PM Re: Longest handgun varmint kill question. [Re: H2OBUG]
ruger4570
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I can't compete with the big dogs, but I took a prairie dog at a lasered 110 yards with Ruger Charger in 22 LR using stingers. My longest with a 12" Encore in 223 with a 40 grain V-Max was an estimated 140 using a Bushnell 2-6 scope.

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#198987 - 04/16/19 09:24 AM Re: Longest handgun varmint kill question. [Re: ruger4570]
Randy M
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I've never been a dedicated varmint hunter or a long-range guy.

But...when I was young, I was hell with a slingshot and took many coons, squirrels, and rabbits with marbles at long-for-slingshot distances. And it got me in trouble more than once, since I lived inside city limits.

When wrist-rockets were invented and hit the market, I was a borderline sniper with them. We use to have paintball wars with our wrist-rockets. Half the battle was getting them to fly, without exploding in your hand. Talk about fun...
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