I don't always shoot varmints, but when I do................

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 20,616 Senior Member
..........I use a .308 Winchester.

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Shooting steel from 400 to 800 yards today.

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(800yrds in the middle at 7.2 mils)

Playing with some new stuff and just getting some needed distance trigger time. Working the steel was going well, but the darn jackrabbits kept interrupting and distracting us from the steel.

So, they became the training exercise. On a flat plane, judging distance on a rabbit between, say 600 and 700 yards steel targets, is a chore. You know he's between 600 and 700 yards, but is he 620? 650? Believe you me, at that distance, 35-50 yards off and you'll miss a rabbit.

I ended up getting 11 during this mornings shooting session.

Closest was about 125yrds. (moving)

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Furthest was around 750 yrds. Only his head and shoulders were visible above the grass. I split the difference and held on his neck. Got him in the head.

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The rest were spread out in between.

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Frontal shot with round exiting the butt.
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Going away shot. Round exited the chest.
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I am not usually one to shoot varmints. Last time I did was P-Dogs out to 700 yards or more about a year ago (again with the .308 Win) and I only shot about a dozen then as well before quiting. I get my training value out of it and then I call it good. I can't just sit there blasting away forever. Just not my thing. But, today was a good distance judging day and validating new gear.

Snakes were out as well.

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"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,219 Senior Member
    You and freaking snakes! Nice shooting.
  • rapier5316rapier5316 Member Posts: 312 Member
    Fur balls make the best unknown distance target practice. Nice shooting. Will that long slithery thing be the model for the next rifle paint job?
    "The power of the United States has peaked, oppression follows." Robert Prector, Socionomics.net
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,731 Senior Member
    I like the way your shoes match the snakes camo...................

    Interesting seeing the effect of the 308 on little furry varmints. What load/bullet were you using.....?
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,651 Senior Member
    Great shooting.

    Bull snake?
  • HondoHondo Member Posts: 320 Member
    A couple looked like claymore mines hit them!!!!! Wow
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,616 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    You and freaking snakes! Nice shooting.

    Every snake says, "Play with me!" You mean, you don't hear that?
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,616 Senior Member
    rapier5316 wrote: »
    Fur balls make the best unknown distance target practice. Nice shooting. Will that long slithery thing be the model for the next rifle paint job?

    That pattern might be a little hard to copy.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,616 Senior Member
    orchidman wrote: »
    I like the way your shoes match the snakes camo...................

    Interesting seeing the effect of the 308 on little furry varmints. What load/bullet were you using.....?

    Yes, I should have wrapped the snake around my neck for the rest of the day. Then, I could say, "It matches my shoes."

    Hornady 168gr A-Max TAP
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,616 Senior Member
    bisley wrote: »
    Great shooting.

    Bull snake?

    Thanks, and yes (Bull snake).
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,616 Senior Member
    Hondo wrote: »
    A couple looked like claymore mines hit them!!!!! Wow
    The going away and coming to rabbits made a resounding "pop" when hit.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,616 Senior Member
    Pushing out to 1,500 yards today. See how that goes.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,044 Senior Member
    NICE!
    Looks like fun, fun, fun!
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • bklysenbklysen Member Posts: 403 Member
    From the looks of things. the .308 is a damned adequate rabbit rifle. :up:
  • agewonagewon Senior Member Posts: 655 Senior Member
    When he shoots varmint, predators thank him.
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,044 Senior Member
    I hear different voices with most snakes, "Kill it!"
    Zee wrote: »
    Every snake says, "Play with me!" You mean, you don't hear that?
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,651 Senior Member
    agewon wrote: »
    When he shoots varmint, predators thank him.

    Or at least the scavengers appreciate it. Every rabbit he kills probably equals a new-born calf that the Mexican buzzards (with the white-tipped wings) don't kill as soon as it hits the ground.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,616 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    All the rest of them, not so much.

    Awwwwww, don't resist your feelings!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 9,556 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    No, only one. The rest get treated to a hoe.

    You can treat the one to a Ho. Gonna need some penicillin afterwards ....
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 10,927 Senior Member
    Can't eat the bunnies?
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,347 Senior Member
    You don't wanna eat those jackrabbits. Rumor has they are quite wormy.

    Great shooting, Zee. It's nice to engage them at a distance where you actually have a prayer at a second shot since the report isn't terribly overwhelming.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 10,927 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    You don't wanna eat those jackrabbits. Rumor has they are quite wormy.

    Great shooting, Zee. It's nice to engage them at a distance where you actually have a prayer at a second shot since the report isn't terribly overwhelming.

    Gotcha, I have only ever seen one Jack, our cottontails in MN, are quite tastey, however.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,347 Senior Member
    It's all just urban legend until I see it with my own two eyes, but I heard from a fairly reliable source that the black-tailed jackrabbits out here in Nevada will literally start oozing worms from their eye sockets shortly after death at certain times of year.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,853 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    You don't wanna eat those jackrabbits. Rumor has they are quite wormy.

    Great shooting, Zee. It's nice to engage them at a distance where you actually have a prayer at a second shot since the report isn't terribly overwhelming.

    I've never noticed them being especially wormy, but they're tougher n a guitar string. You might could pressure cook em, but to just fry or BBQ, they are damn near inedible. However, when I was a kid, I would go to Matagorda Island with my friend and his dad and a couple of times we would shoot a few Jack Rabbits and we would fry em up. But your teeth had to be in great condition to deal with them.

    As for the snake, all a bull snake will hurt is a rat and also they will cause you to hurt yourself. At first glance he has markings relatively close to some varieties of Rattlers. However, the head and the tail give it away as non poisonous in the U.S. In fact the first thing I look for in a snake resembling a rattler or the other pit vipers is the head. The poisonous ones have a triangular shaped head. But like I say, at first glance it may cause you to make some very radical and sudden moves and some people have been known to relieve their bladder at first glance of snake....:jester:
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,731 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    at first glance it may cause you to make some very radical and sudden moves and some people have been known to relieve their bladder at first glance of snake....:jester:

    When I first met you I must admit to almost having that reaction but my bladder control was up to the task.................:wink:
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,616 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    Can't eat the bunnies?

    I have heard they are tougher than leather. I've only eaten one Jack and it was chopped up into a gumbo. It was so spicy, a rock would have tasted good. So, I can't really attest to their un-hidden flavor.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,651 Senior Member
    Yep, the only way to enjoy eating a jack rabbit is in a stew or chili, chopped up small and flavored with beef or pork. I've eaten jack rabbit chili that was great, but it had beef mixed with it and was probably way too spicy for most folks.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,616 Senior Member
    They are dropping again today.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,419 Senior Member
    How do you get them to stand still long enough to paint the crosshatch grid on 'em, and what group sizes are you getting?
    :jester:
    Jerry
    Hide and wail in terror, Eloi- - - -We Morlocks are on the hunt!
    ASK-HOLE Someone who asks for advice and always does something opposite
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,044 Senior Member
    Further distances????:jester:
    Zee wrote: »
    They are dropping again today.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,853 Senior Member
    bklysen wrote: »
    From the looks of things. the .308 is a damned adequate rabbit rifle. :up:


    I ain't sayin' Nuffin'! I don't have to, this says it all, :jester:
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
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