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Black Powder Prairie Dog
Jan 7th, 2020 at 3:04am
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I much prefer to hunt with a Mauser or Springfield bolt rifle.  Did have occasion to stop in Colorado once to shoot a Prairie Dog with my Ballard 25-20SS. Had some BP experimental ammo with me. It was on a trip home from a match at Grand Junction.  Saw a big Prairie Dog town out there on the prairie a ways. Parked near a gate along the interstate and off we went to bag us a dog. I spied a big fat one out there about two hundred yards away. My rifle was sighted for that distance at the match.  Laid down and rested the Ballard on my rolled up shooting mat. Had a twenty power Lyman Super Target Spot on the rifle. When I laid the cross hairs on that dog, everything was crystal clear.  Wind was blowing right to left so I held over what I thought was just right and let one fly. It's amazing how much BP smoke that little shell makes. A full case of FFF under a 111 grain Pope style bullet. Well, it seemed as though time slowed down the instant the powder lit. Chuck told me he could see that bullet make a big arc toward that trophy dog. Then all the sudden he clutched his chest, did two complete spins like a bowling pin, then he wobbled and put a paw on his brow and fell over backwards in a puff of prairie dog town dust. Kicked three times and it was over, I had my dog. It was a great day, one I'll never forget. That was the only time I ever hunted with a single shot. Memories, I get a little misty.
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Reply #1 - Jan 7th, 2020 at 7:28am
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Yup, thanks for the great story from out in the field. Sadly, while I'll have a trusty single shot 22lr or two along, I finally decided to cobble up a truck gun semi auto for spring gophers. I used to eat them by the bushel until I found out they were high in cholesterol. Ah, the good ole days from last spring. Maybe, I'll drag a single shot out for winter coyotes and see if I can get a poke at one fairly close up, but I'll probably have a bolt rifle near by.
  
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Reply #2 - Jan 7th, 2020 at 11:24am
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But they're high in cholesterol, too;-)
  
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Reply #3 - Jan 7th, 2020 at 9:44pm
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If youra gonna eat em, ya havta shoot them skinny ones -- more sporting and better test of your rifle and ammo. Kinda like little grass-fed beefs.  Wink
  
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Reply #4 - Jan 8th, 2020 at 4:27pm
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The daily limit here is something like ten thousand, I think. Most guys limit themselves, not for conservation reasons, but limited to  the amount of ammo they can carry or afford to shoot. They sometimes bring home the tails- I guess because they are the choice cut for eating.
  

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Reply #5 - Jan 13th, 2020 at 10:28am
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calledflyer wrote on Jan 8th, 2020 at 4:27pm:
The daily limit here is something like ten thousand, I think. Most guys limit themselves, not for conservation reasons, but limited to  the amount of ammo they can carry or afford to shoot. They sometimes bring home the tails- I guess because they are the choice cut for eating.


Anyone can go out and kill ten thousand with a new fangled repeating rifle. A true sportsman takes just one with a obsolete single shot, with obsolete scope  chambered in an under powered obsolete caliber. Uses black powder and does it with one shot. I'll never forget it. It was a chance of a lifetime for me. As I've already said, the memories, I get a little misty. Brings back memories of my old shootin pard, Chuck.  Dang!
  

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Reply #6 - Jan 13th, 2020 at 12:48pm
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He's staring at you and thinking, 'if Joe tells me that damn story one more time, I'm gonna slap him.'
  

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Reply #7 - Jan 13th, 2020 at 4:50pm
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Travel to matches all over the country for thirty years with a shooting buddy, you hear the same story many many times.  Ole Chuck will forgive me.

  

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Reply #8 - Jan 13th, 2020 at 7:14pm
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A beautiful and well told story, Joe. I'm surprised that you didn't tell the rest of it though. You know, the part where when you paced off the distance to the old chuck you found him sprawled on the finest piece of red agate you'd ever found;-)
  
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