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Originally posted by Hammer1 Hammer1 wrote:

What is the best fixed power magnification for prairie dogs ?
 
See used Leupold Mark 4 scopes in 10X and 16X.
 
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    Man!  this could be a real stress induesing topic. However, I'll give you my own personal experience.  I shoot at several thousand every year back home, & I only use a variable power scope, as I shoot from around 100 to 500 yds.  That being said, I have my relatives from  Ohio come out to shoot with me during the summer, and both my father inlaw & my brother inlaw shoot fixed 12X Leupolds with much success!
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Originally posted by yellowdog yellowdog wrote:

Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Originally posted by meat head meat head wrote:

can u eat a prarie dog i never herd of anbodey say if u can an if u can what dose it taste like?
 
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I'm sure you can technically eat anything, but I wouldn't recommend it, as they carry diseases.  Just guessing, I'd say they taste just like chicken.Wink
    I hereby nominate RifleDude to be the official taste tester! All those in faver say I! 
 
That's kinda like being tarred and feathered... if it weren't for the honor of it all, I'd just as soon pass that mantle on to someone else!
 
I do quite enjoy "preparing" that little dish for the local predators to dine on, though!Wink
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I do quite enjoy "preparing" that little dish for the local predators to dine on, though!Wink
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 That's really a great example of what  "being kind to animals" is all about, isn't it ,Ted?
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Old post, but I thought I would throw in my two cents worth.

I have a Leopold 24X on my 22-250 and a old Bushnell Banner fixed 10X on my .223 bolt gun.  I usually take both rifles with me and use the .223 out to 200 - 250 yards and the 22-250 for the farther shots.  I think the 10X is much more versatile out to 300 yards.  Beyond that the crosshairs are too coarse (duplex reticle).  My 24X Leopold has the fine crosshair.  Mirage and the very narrow field of view on the 24X take some getting used to.

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I use a 4.5-14, and many times end up in the 10-12x range. If I had to have a fixed power, I would try to keep it around here. It kind of depends on the ranges you shoot at, and how bad mirage is in your area. Mirage can be pretty bad by mid morning here, and the power starts to go down pretty quickly. I have a 6-18x on another, and it rarely sees over about 14x, even in the morning.


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When I was a kid living in Wyoming before I joined the US Air Force, I wore out two barrels, one on a 22-250 with a 24X Leopold and one on a 223 with a 10X Bushnell.  I liked them both, but the 24X was harder to find the prairie dogs or other varmints, especially if they were moving.  Several times during calving season I popped coyotes that were stalking newborn calves and the 10X 223 worked great from running shots.  So I would recommend something in the range of a 10 to 15 power scope.

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I have used 24x gold ring leupold (old style m8 style) have used 12x swarovski (older style) have used 16x leupold gold ring  (old style m8) and a REDFIELD fine crosshairs 6-18...

Used on 22-250, 243win, 22-250, .223rem respectively.
 
I enjoyed the variable the best but as a close second the 16x flipped the bill the best 400yrds was the minimal engagement distance 800yrds was the furtherst (tons of hold over made for hard time with 12x...
 
 
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I would like to know too.
 
Missed this post the first time around because I hadn't signed onto OT yet, but when I do use a variable for PD shooting (which is most of the time) it generally ends up set around 12x. This is also the experience of a number of my PD-shooting buddies. Apparently 12x is about the right compromise between FOV and magnification.
 
But have also shot the heck out of them with everything from iron-sighted handguns and black-powder cartridges rifles to, well, you don't want to know.
 
As for eating PD's, as my wife (the professional game cook) says: "There are too many pronghorn, deer and elk in Montana to eat rodents."
 
Especially rodents that might have plague!
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Originally posted by John Barsness John Barsness wrote:

Missed this post the first time around because I hadn't signed onto OT yet, but when I do use a variable for PD shooting (which is most of the time) it generally ends up set around 12x. This is also the experience of a number of my PD-shooting buddies. Apparently 12x is about the right compromise between FOV and magnification.
 


Me too!  My scopes generally stay set on 10 - 14X when I shoot prairie rats for the exact reason you state.

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Originally posted by meat head meat head wrote:

can u eat a prarie dog i never herd of anbodey say if u can an if u can what dose it taste like?
If it moves its food.
Kind of a cross between spotted owl and whooping crane.
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