50 yard Bunny hunt experiences

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Scearcy posted this 2 weeks ago

Most of the bunny targets are out or in the mail so I thought it was time for a new thread focused on the shooting. 

I'll go first. I am going to shoot off my hind legs this time. Uffda! My skill need some work.

Aren't rabbits supposed to be shot with a shotgun?

Jim

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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 2 weeks ago

i am hoping some of our pistoleros will join in on the bunny shoot ....  after that teensy nearly invisible 200 yard coyote these 50 yard bunnies should look like billboards ....  maybe even could aim AT them, not 30 inches over them ( g ) ...

surely somebody out these has one of those obsolete re-volverators ?? ....  my grampa told me about them when i wuz a kid ....  

ken

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JeffinNZ posted this 2 weeks ago

Jim, to make the target more challenging I intend to shoot standing up in a canoe.

Cheers from New Zealand

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Scearcy posted this 2 weeks ago

Now shooting from a canoe when you have to be upside down - THAT will be challenging. I would wear a life jacket.

Jim

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jchiggins posted this 2 weeks ago

This Bunny shoot is looking interesting.....I can't do worse than the coyote shoot.  Finally received my award from the "Friends of Coyotes Foundation" for my efforts in preserving them during the shoot.

Just wondering.... if the early explorers were primarily from the Southern Hemisphere instead of the North, would our maps be reversed and the South Pole our reference?

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Bohica793 posted this 2 weeks ago

surely somebody out these has one of those obsolete re-volverators ?? ....  my grampa told me about them when i wuz a kid ....  

Challenge accepted.  I think I will pull out a couple of old wheel guns for this.  Now where did I put my wadcutter molds?

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Scearcy posted this 2 weeks ago

Ahhh - big brass b_____, those! A tip of my cap.

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Johnshandloads posted this 2 weeks ago

I will be using a .357 magnum revolver for this, because it seems to give me the best chance of hitting the target. We shall see. I don't normally use 'the load' over about 10 yards....this is going to be fun.

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mashburn posted this 2 weeks ago

I've got to get my targets ordered. I have three more friends that will probably be members before long and maybe this rabbit slaughter will be just what they need to push them the rest of the way over the cliff. I've been giving a lot of thought to the fairness of this rabbit shoot. We have more swamp rabbits here than Cottontails,  so I'm used to shooting a lot bigger and much more dangerous rabbit. I feel I should ask the sacred rules committee if it would be acceptable to take a legally bagged swamp rabbit and lay it evenly over the target rabbit and use a magic marker to draw a bigger rabbit around the rabbit target. My friends and I have voted and agreed this would be much more honest that poking pretty little tight bullets holes in the highest scoring area. We had even decided on a contest that would award the contestant who could arrange the most artistic bullet hole group. We have even been sawing out profiles from plywood of beagles running in full chase  behind the rabbit. Now if we can't shoot bigger rabbits, but we are running them in full pursuit with beagles can we at least use shotguns?  I bet I used the word rabbit in that statement as Much as Obama uses I when he's speaking. These friends are going to be using my rifles and to save cost on ammo, I'm thinking of putting bullets with only one side in their cartridges. HOW ABOUT US ALL GO OUT AND HAVE SOME FUN. ONE THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR GROUP IS THAT WE NEVER EXAGERATE THE TRUTH.

Mashburn

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jeff houck posted this 2 weeks ago

beware lest ye provoke the WERERABITS!

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barra posted this 2 weeks ago

I’m having trouble printing the target out.

it’s about 1/4 size.

If I can see it that far I promise to keep shooting till I have hit the target 10 times or run out of ammo or daylight hrs.

 I might start with vigour standing up but probably proceed at some point to lying down.

 I have enlisted SHMBO on the printing it for me.

Hmmm a Target twice the size then i’d have to half the distance to make up for it.

That sounds about right 2x something / 2 = 1 134

 

 

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Bohica793 posted this 2 weeks ago

Hmmm a Target twice the size then i’d have to half the distance to make up for it.

That sounds about right 2x something / 2 = 1 134

  Why stop at twice the size?  Office Depot can blow it up to poster size or larger.

 

 

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Scearcy posted this 2 weeks ago

Mashburn

Good looking bullets!

The sacred rules committee met in their normally scheduled midnight meeting  - fueled by Jamison. They are willing to make one time only rules for swamp rabbits.  Rather than tracing them we suggest that you simply shoot each one 10 times and send them in, whole, to Ken to be scored. 

I think the issue may be talking Ken into scoring them. Or you could self score them and then hold a big post hunt rabbit cookout. You must shoot each one 10 times though. Please post pictures here.

Jim

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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 2 weeks ago

ok guys ... if you keep this up we will forget the much more serious side of these bunny shoots.

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hmmm .. ok, somebody please remind me about the much more serious side of these bunny shoots ...  next time i will write that down ...

ken

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Bohica793 posted this 2 weeks ago

ok guys ... if you keep this up we will forget the much more serious side of these bunny shoots.

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hmmm .. ok, somebody please remind me about the much more serious side of these bunny shoots ...  next time i will write that down ...

Serious?!?!  Seriously you can't be serious, can you?

(All seriousness aside.....)

 

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Notlwonk posted this 2 weeks ago

1) I made a set of tall cross sticks the other day and tried them out this morning.  

2) Got some 50 yd zeros for the Ballard and Trap Door this morning.

1+2 equals...them bunnies ain't got a chance. 

I'll get zeros for the Tip- up soon and probably make a short set of sticks in the near future, what difference they make!

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jeff houck posted this 2 weeks ago

"1+2 equals...them bunnies ain't got a chance."

they do if I'm shooting at them..............................tongue-out

 

 

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Scearcy posted this 2 weeks ago

I think those African PH are on to something with the tall bipods.

Jim

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Redleged posted this 2 weeks ago

i am hoping some of our pistoleros will join in on the bunny shoot ....  after that teensy nearly invisible 200 yard coyote these 50 yard bunnies should look like billboards ....  maybe even could aim AT them, not 30 inches over them ( g ) ...

surely somebody out these has one of those obsolete re-volverators ?? ....  my grampa told me about them when i wuz a kid ....  

ken

Ken,

I accept your pistolero challenge! I've got six targets and I commit to shooting three of them offhand unsupported with pistols, two of them being re-volverators:

  • Magnum Research BFR in .45-70
  • Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Colt
  • T/C Contender G2 in 30 Herrett

In my youth, we used to hunt cotton bunnies and Jacks in Arizona with 1911s and I never had the opportunity to shoot in any position but offhand, so I'm hoping all these years won't be too cruel to me. Ed

Growing old is mandatory, growing up, however, is totally optional!

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JeffinNZ posted this 2 weeks ago

My concern is the targets multiplying. Of the 5 rabbits stolen last week 95 have been return!

Cheers from New Zealand

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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 2 weeks ago

redleged ... if you shoot those handguns sitting with a scope, remember to stick the muzzle out further than your knees ... 

hey, a few years ago i had a friend try to shoot a critter from my speeding pickem-up truck with his pistol ...    ...  not outta an open sidewindow, but through the windshield ...   

ken

 

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John Alexander posted this 2 weeks ago

hey, a few years ago i had a friend try to shoot a critter from my speeding pickem-up truck with his pistol ...    ...  not outta an open sidewindow, but through the windshield ...   

ken

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Sounds like time for a new friend.

John

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jeff houck posted this 2 weeks ago

"hey, a few years ago i had a friend try to shoot a critter from my speeding pickem-up truck with his pistol ...    ...  not outta an open sidewindow, but through the windshield ..."

was it by unfortunate chance, your WIFE'S car?

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Ross Smith posted this 6 days ago

Mr.Seerce: These must be roadkill rabbits for 6 of them to fit in that flat envelope. I was expecting a box. Jeff shouldn't worry about reproducing if his were as flat as mine.

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Ken Campbell Iowa posted this 6 days ago

reproducing a rabbitt critter ?  heck, anytime you have two rabbitts just wait a bit ...

 

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barra posted this 6 days ago

It was blowing and gusting and some times raining.

but I shot one rabbit with 5 standing post in...I mean at the head and another 5 standing at the body

couldn’t see no dang bullet holes till I missed one.

the ol 310 cadet was a bit slow today with a load at about 680 fps heeled 120 grn bullet. 

My wabbit load I figure to that range.

Now me leg was a bit wobbly and me good one didin’t Help much.

but proves even with enough luck I would have had a feed of these short eared rabbits.

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barra posted this 6 days ago

Target 2 I thought i’d Give myself som chance and fired 5 from a sitting position.Not as comfortable as I remember got twisted up a bit.

Bugger that shot the last 5 kneeling with post support.

still can’t see where I was shooting.

ha

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barra posted this 6 days ago

Gave up and shot last rabbit with standing pot shooting some at head rest at body.

may do better next time.ha Still not too bad for me but not good as I was 35 years ago!

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Scearcy posted this 5 days ago

barra

you are cheating yourself! I get 71 on target #1. 1-10, 2-9, 4-7, and 3-5. Check my math but I believe that is 71.

Jim

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Scearcy posted this 5 days ago

barra

You are much too hard on yourself. #2 looks like 82 and #3 is 54. If a shot touches the line, its gets the higher score. The shot in the chin on #2 I believe is above the break between the neck and the chin. Hence it is a 7 not a 5.

Good shooting

Jim

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barra posted this 5 days ago

Photo of the ‘ol girl. 

310 bsa martini cadet.

Commissioned in 5-11 

My suffish ‘to me cated reloading gear.

The secret recipe is 1.5 grns bullseye with a SMALL tuft of Dacron just on the powder.

 I have a RCBS heeled 120 grn mould that casts 0.324" and 0.310" heel.

I’m trying to polish it out to 325 and 312.

This hell bent load tears up the country side at about 681fps is good for 50 -60 yards but accurate up to 135 yds if I hold my tongue right.

 Cases are made from 32-20 Starline brass with a thinned rim and reformed in a cut off modified old 310 chamber.

Trimmed to my chambers length to seat my cast bullet into the lands for fixed ammo or use the shorter lengthed ones of normal spec for breach seating Pb or pp’ed bullets. I have plenty of short ones undecided

Small rifle primer. In this case cci. I got some mixed brands of primers "cheap" years ago and using them up. Some don’t even fire but most go bang. Some were even too small to seat in a primer pocket without falling out.

Quiet and dosn’t  hurt the shoulder or ears.

Think it is a good rook and wabbit load thou.

Halaughing

 

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beltfed posted this 5 days ago

barra

Now you did it !!! Am I going to have to shoot at a bunny with my 357 mag Cadet....?

 

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barra posted this 7 hours ago

barra

Now you did it !!! Am I going to have to shoot at a bunny with my 357 mag Cadet....?

 

Better had now beltfed.

 I only joined here ‘cos of what I’ve read about "bunny guns "in the Plinkers hollow.

I’m hoping to see how they fare.

 I ‘m sure. I left plenty of room for improvement.

 Pssst (I thought I’d try stabbing one target with a pen but missed the ten ring a couple of times.  Another attempt showed up powder and lube splutter.  I have given up that but have to print  a few more  up before I can shoot again)

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barra posted this 2 hours ago

I shot 3 more targets today to wind up.

Thought I had it made and nearly cheating.

These were shot at 50 yards sitting over a log with a cloth under my forearm.

30 30 H&R with a 1.5 - 5x Leupold scope.

What could go wrong!!! big_grin

Bs pb 308403 clone with 4.6 grns bullseye.

 

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barra posted this 2 hours ago

Try out a few paper patched bullets I think there in the rules 

bullet 308466 150 grn at aprox 1600 fps with paper saturated with 50/50 be/vas.

experimental with lube. Re sighted from pb load and let it rip.

Well not so good as I thought I should do.

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barra posted this 2 hours ago

Next some real loads aprox 1900 fps pped 308466 with notepad paper dipped lubed in 50/50 bw/vas sized 0.311"

only had 10 rounds for experimental grouping and I over compensated for he increase in velocity and then wound it up maybe a couple too many clicks.

But they shot nice and the wrap seemed to come off the core better at this pressure.

So what could go wrong? Me of course. All off shots were my own doing.big_grin

good fun thou anyway.

Hope to see what the U.S. team come up with

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