Vermin & Varmint Hunting

Gophers 2017

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The season begins. March 15- 25

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This year It's me and the dog , Likely will spend more trips with family and friends.

Now I'm officilly retired so I can take my time.

Where

Tulelake area on a friends horseranch and a couple cattle ranches and som efarm fields

Weather This time of year is Very cold often unstable and windy.

Gophers do not like it real cold or windy or cloudy.

What I took

I took Ruger american 22lr with Hawke 4-16x44 Varmint SF http://amzn.to/2mRjtr0

The 4-16 is not availableanymore but the 3-12 is similar

 

Ruger 10-22 Hogue stock and Green mountian barrel with Primary arms 4-16x44 http://amzn.to/2nCd9Cl

Ruger 10-22 Boyds thumb hole stock Elysium barrel and Primary arms 4-14x44 FFP scope http://amzn.to/2mRmSWI

Savage 93R17 with Thumb hole stock and Primary Arms 4-16x44 Scope http://amzn.to/2nCd9Cl

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While I took more guns, these are what I shot with and they worked flawlesly

I often use a Caldwell matrix http://amzn.to/2nxrcrp  and a Caldwell stable table ,http://amzn.to/2nNWKLC  this time I used only my Tripod.

P1000924

 

Ammo I shot about 100 Minimags and about 500 Golden bullets.

I shot about 200 CCI A17 and 100 Hornady Vmas 17gr

Had a bunch of other ammo with me and shot some but mostly the ones listed above.

 

Here is a Video of the conditions 

And here is the shootign

The Gun Camera is ATN http://amzn.to/2nNPJKV

 

and another video of the Shooting I only videoed the 22LR because the Gun camera is only 6x and shooting 17 at well over 100 yards makes the videos hard to use.

I plan to shoot in April May and June

I'll upidate this on each trip.

 April 23 Weekend  Very good hunting 

May 19- 23 Week  Very good hunting 

 

 

Ammo

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Point of Impact TV A Year in Review!

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I started what is now known as Point of Impact TV a couple of years ago under the name Long Range Rimfire Shooting and as well as being obsessive about stretching the limits of the 17 HMR and 22lr, I have branched out in to centerfire and gone back to the good old air rifle a bit. This article is a bit about what we've done this year and what my plans are now and in to the new year and before I forget, go to YouTube and subscribe! If you're reading this via Facebook, subscribe to the website too :D doing both these things helps us a lot.

Link below!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe6C8lLxiFPCBkfvLkM01SQ

I have been making a lot of 'Varminting videos' this year, which is basically controlling vermin at extended ranges with centerfire rifles, in particular I have been enjoying the 17 Hornet and stretching it out to 350+ yards with excellent success. The .243 has been shining also taking kills out to 543 yards with a headshot on this particular bunny (a bit of luck involved) and several other bunnies at 400+ with it. I've been joined by Elliott from Trigger Pull TV in my varminting outings and for some plinking videos with his .223 and .22 Hornet. We've also been stretching it out with the rimfires on film, Elliott takes a pair of rabbits back to back at 184 and 185 yards respectively on film with his trusty CZ 452 and Eley subsonic hollowpoints.

The 17 Hornet is my favourite new addition to the cabinet and is really earning its keep when I can find the reloading components for it. I like the 25 grain V-Max for their superior ballistics as opposed to the 20 grain V-Max, the rabbits don't like them one bit as you can see in the video below. Also read my article if you would like to know more about this fantastic new calibre!

http://www.point-of-impact.net/index.php/blogs/arms/center-fire/97-sting-them-with-the-17-hornet-3.html

As well as the 17 Hornet, I've been stretching the legs out on my .243, having found a fantastic load for it which groups 1 hole at 100 yards and has an extreme spread of 9fps! This rifle has taken vermin out at ranges beyond 500 yards and has been an excellent deer rifle this year too, claiming a roe doe and a fantastic fallow buck, unfortunately not on film. The footage I have taken of my .243 has been condensed in to a compilation video below along with the footage of Elliott with his .223.

We've been out thinning out the rabbits with the rimfires this year a lot, both on and off camera! We've got some cracking footage of rabbits approaching 200 yards with the 22lr and one over 200 with a headshot with the 17 HMR! I wish we could capture all the hunts on film, but there's literally too many rabbits and we need to keep them under control effectively, the camera kind of gets in the way a bit. Check out my CZ Rimfire Review Article below...

http://www.point-of-impact.net/index.php/blogs/2015-02-12-17-20-43/69-rimfirereview.html

I've just begun 3 series which are ongoing, a reloading series, Ruger 10/22 build series and a series of equipment review videos.

Reloading

Ruger 10/22 Build

Calibre Innovations Moderator Review

 Not a great deal of footage this year for the air rifle enthusiast on the POI channel, but POI Air Rifle Shooting admin Danny Easter has been making some fantastic scope cam videos with his Weihrauch HW100 and captured some epic long shots. His article on long range sub 12ftlbs air rifle shooting '70 is the New 50' can be found via the link below.

http://www.point-of-impact.net/index.php/blogs/arms/air-arms/93-70-is-the-new-50.html

 

There's also my recent trips to Montana footage and lots of footage coming in the next couple of weeks. I embark for Montana on Friday this week! Going to make some 10/22 build videos and get out slaying varmints in the snow again!

 

17 Hornet Coke Ballistics

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I was out plinking with Elliott from TriggerPullTV the other day and was astonished at how well the 17 Hornet expands! Dumps its energy so rapidly in to a coke can that it doesn't exit! Just blows out the front!

What a very safe round, overpenetration is not likely and ricochets are extremely rare!

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Corvid Hunter Strikes Again

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It's the height of summer and the early morning shoots begin in earnest. I arrive at the farmyard for 3am. The first task of the day is to set up the pop-up hide and make sure I am set up for the first action as daylight breaks, it is a simple task to position the hide, place the kit inside which includes a comfy chair, the rifle and a shooting rucksack with spares, shooting sticks, food and a drink once settled in I await the day's events. Today's hunt was going to be focused on a sitty tree that all manner of quarry frequent, a farmyard is a magnet for avian species with the spilt feed that is a welcome bounty to all manner of pests. I take up my position and notice the familiar blue of the sky starting to break up the dark formation in the heavens.

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