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Old 07-07-2019, 08:53 PM
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Default Virginia Groundhogs with the 17 Ackley Hornet

Killed a few over the weekend.

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Old 07-08-2019, 02:34 AM
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Congrats on a successful outing.
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:10 PM
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Great shooting! What yardages did you shoot these at?
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Old 07-08-2019, 09:24 PM
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Mostly 150-200 yards. That particular little rifle is an honest 300 yard gun. 20 gr V-Max leaving the muzzle at 4100fps (chronographed) is pretty flat shooting.

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Old 07-08-2019, 09:35 PM
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Played cat and mouse with this guy for awhile this evening. He was out in the beanfield when I spotted him. Did a good stalk, but he still saw me. I stayed still till he thought I was safe, got the rifle up to shoot-pushed the safety off and he went into afterburner mode. Guess he heard it at 80-90 yards away. Didn't see where he went down at in a pile of junk, so I waited and waited. Then I noticed something different, he was watching me from a hole inside and ole flatbed trailer. I made the shot as he stood watching me. He just stood there even after the shot. I know I didn't miss. He still stood there. I jacked another round in the chamber,THEN I looked closer, blood running down his shoulder and chest, still standing upright. I walked over, he was wedged in the wood of the bed of the old flatbed. I had to kick him over, wedged perfectly as if he had never been shot at all.

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Old 07-10-2019, 09:53 AM
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Great story and photos, Sonny. Getting a whistlepig to pose for the shot is powerful stuff!
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:55 AM
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Thanks guys.

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Old 07-10-2019, 03:12 PM
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Thanks for sharing your kills SONNY-----------Great Pic's
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:14 PM
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Killed three more today. The picture is of the same groundhog, just a left and right side profile to show lack of damage. It was hard to even find an entrance. Been seeing alot of this lack of exit since I shifted back to the little 17 Ackley Hornet. The 20 grain V-Max leaves the muzzle at 4100fps. This groundhog was a young pup. The bullet truly expends all of it's energy inside the body cavity. The groundhog was at 113 yards. Not a long shot really, I'm sure it still had a good amount of speed. Built this rifle over ten years ago. Glad it's still around, love this little Ackley.



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Old 07-20-2019, 02:53 PM
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That's sounds like a sweet sweet shooter. Have you ever tried 25hp.
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