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#1905049 - 04/20/11 11:49 AM Couple of LR Rockchucks
tt35 Offline
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Yesterday was one of our rare-for-this-year sunny and relatively calm days so when my son got home from school, I asked him if he wanted to run out and try for some long range rockchucks. I was shocked when he said, "yes". wink So, we grabbed a quick bite to eat, loaded up our stuff and headed out.

We don't have a ton of rockchucks in our area so we try not to take them too early and impact our populations too bad. Our agreement this year was to not take any shots under 1000 yards until May. It tends to make it quite a bit easier on the resource if you know what I mean! We had made a couple of attempts this spring but hadn't connected until this trip. We set up near the road in a spot we had shot earlier. Both of us shoot M700 .243AI's with eight-twist Kreiger barrels in A5 stocks. Ben's shooting 105 grain A-maxes and I shoot 105 gr Berger VLD's. We both had a pretty good idea of our drops from the previous trip so when Ben (Verminator2) started shooting he was immediately putting rockchucks in danger at 1100 yards. Being the good dad I am (and, because I shot first on the last trip smile ), I spotted for him until he shot up the 14 rounds he brought. On the 5th shot we both saw a rockchuck's head drop but it went out of sight so we couldn't confirm the kill.

It was getting late by the time Ben finished shooting and the rockchucks were starting to go down but we spotted quite a few rockchucks on another rim that was a little closer--only in the 1025 to 1050 yard range. I only had a 1000 yard trajectory chart taped to my rifle and the drops start to change pretty dramatically at that range so my first shot was about one and a half minutes low. A couple of adjustments got me dialed in for elevation but now the diurnals were battling the previous wind complicating the windage calls. Long story short, After several attempts, I center-massed a large 'chuck just as it was getting dark. We were able to drive to within 40 yards of the 'chuck for a hero shot then Ben headed to the other rim to check on his shot. Before I could get all my stuff together, I hear Ben hooping and doing a jig in the evening glow on the top of the other rim like a Neanderthal that just discovered psychodelic mushrooms. His 'chuck was confirmed as well!

Not exactly one shot, one kill sniper stuff but we'll take it!

Ben added his rockchuck to one he took last year at 1044 yards. This was my first 1000+ yard varmint. Gonna have to start shopping for a .338 Lapua now to go 1500 with! thumbup1

My 1030 yard rockchuck.



Ben's 1109 yard 'chuck. Not bad for a sixteen year old kid. smile



Ben allowed as how it took a lot less skill to hit my rockchuck than his because mine was so much bigger...I'll give him that!


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#1905050 - 04/20/11 11:55 AM Re: Couple of LR Rockchucks [Re: tt35]
youngdon Offline
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Registered: 06/12/09
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Loc: AZ
Nice shooting guys, good shots with the camera too!
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#1905090 - 04/20/11 01:11 PM Re: Couple of LR Rockchucks [Re: youngdon]
The Virginian Offline
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Dang fine shooting!
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#1905105 - 04/20/11 01:45 PM Re: Couple of LR Rockchucks [Re: The Virginian]
Tim Neitzke Offline
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Loc: Michigan
Congrats to both of you !
Some cool father/son stuff . thumbup1

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#1905111 - 04/20/11 01:50 PM Re: Couple of LR Rockchucks [Re: Tim Neitzke]
lcp Offline
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Registered: 04/04/11
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Loc: Carmel Indiana USA
That is pretty amazing shooting ,especially to an old hunter who gets excited about a 250 yard kill.
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#1905126 - 04/20/11 02:16 PM Re: Couple of LR Rockchucks [Re: lcp]
Tim Neitzke Offline
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I can see now Ben's gonna need one heck of a job to support is habit in the future ! tongue

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#1905133 - 04/20/11 02:29 PM Re: Couple of LR Rockchucks [Re: Tim Neitzke]
conservative1911 Offline
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Registered: 01/12/11
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Loc: Northwest Wyoming
With that type of shooting I'll trust my 6 with either you anytime.
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#1905176 - 04/20/11 04:21 PM Re: Couple of LR Rockchucks [Re: Tim Neitzke]
tt35 Offline
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Loc: E Oregon
Originally Posted By: Tim Neitzke
I can see now Ben's gonna need one heck of a job to support is habit in the future ! tongue


And that's only half the problem, Tim. As soon as he takes another step, I either have to step up too or find a new hunting partner! It's getting pretty expensive for his dad also! I may have to get a job also! wink

Thanks for the kind words, guys. This long range stuff does get addicting. You start measuring in yards instead of headcounts... blink
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#1905232 - 04/20/11 06:26 PM Re: Couple of LR Rockchucks [Re: tt35]
brdeano Offline
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Great shooting Tim! Sounds like a very cool father/son day neither of you will forget any time soon.
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#1905247 - 04/20/11 06:58 PM Re: Couple of LR Rockchucks [Re: brdeano]
Verminator2 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
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Loc: OR
Originally Posted By: Tim Neitzke
I can see now Ben's gonna need one heck of a job to support is habit in the future ! tongue


I know! And now that I'm driving my own rig I need gas money too bored One of these days I'll hopefully become rich and not so famous.
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#1905405 - 04/21/11 12:18 AM Re: Couple of LR Rockchucks [Re: Verminator2]
Dust Offline
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Registered: 12/06/08
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Loc: Frankfort, KY
A few people have gotten the 300 mag out to that far. CHeck out long range hunting or GGVG forums for more info

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#1905407 - 04/21/11 12:35 AM Re: Couple of LR Rockchucks [Re: Verminator2]
Tim Neitzke Offline
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Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: Verminator2
Originally Posted By: Tim Neitzke
I can see now Ben's gonna need one heck of a job to support is habit in the future ! tongue


I know! And now that I'm driving my own rig I need gas money too bored One of these days I'll hopefully become rich and not so famous.


And then there is ... ...........girls ! wub...... wink

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Tim, Don't foget that 338 Lapua burns way more powder that your 243AI ! I can see the $$$$$$$$ already ! laugh

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#1905410 - 04/21/11 12:47 AM Re: Couple of LR Rockchucks [Re: Tim Neitzke]
Verminator2 Offline
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Pshhh girls..... Gotta keep my priorities straight wink

If I'm gonna push it farther I'm thinking 7 WSM. A 180 VLD or JLK will keep supersonic to 1 mile I believe. I could be wrong, but you can stretch them a looong ways.
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#1905414 - 04/21/11 01:03 AM Re: Couple of LR Rockchucks [Re: Verminator2]
Tim Neitzke Offline
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Ben,your .280AI should push pretty good too.
I've got a 300WSM that was made for walkin miles,but I don't know if it'll shoot that far!lol

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#1905494 - 04/21/11 09:51 AM Re: Couple of LR Rockchucks [Re: Tim Neitzke]
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I was hoping my .280 AI would, but I found out that it only has a 1-10 twist after I bought it. It will barely, barely stabilize 162 Amaxs, but they won't shoot worth a hoot.
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