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PHATINJUN 06-04-2018 05:10 PM

South Dakota
 
Leaving Thursday for a road trip out west gonna hit the Fort Pierre National Grass Lands for a couple of days to shoot some PD gonna try some of the towns I shot on last time was 2012. Season used to open on the 15th of June until 2013 they opened it up that yr to year round so I don't know what to expect used to be lots of dogs before that as the locals could not shoot til June 15. My wife has never been west of the Mississippi so we are gonna shoot some dogs fish some of the Prairie pot hole ponds. Then head to all the areas in and around Yellowstone I did all of the Yellowstone stuff with my family when I was about 10-11 yrs old. So it should be quite a fun time for the both of us. Kurt

land_owner 06-05-2018 06:07 AM

I have been W of the Mississippi, but never to shoot anything, much less PD's. I can think of no better rifle than a hyper-accurate Handi- single shot, with perhaps a bull barrel. Now what caliber? 243 is decent - but maybe overkill. 223 maybe? Speed, distance, accuracy, bullet performance, cost effective, ease of reloading, fine optics, rock steady rest, target rich environment, agreeable land owner, what could be more practical and fun than that? Do you keep score? Or just vaporize the little varmints? At what ranges? Maybe some day after conversion to every day is a weekend...a Yellowstone trip sounds like a deal maker! Any concern for travel with firearms through the midlands and South Dakota?

ironglow 06-05-2018 06:36 AM

Sounds like a great trip coming up...enjoy !

PHATINJUN 06-05-2018 08:20 PM

Well my favorite Handi is my 204 Ruger topped with a 3-12x40 Leopold out to 350yrds it's money . With the 204 you can see the red mist and here them pop as the recoil is very low. I have been trying to get the 1000 yarder but you have to have so many things
happen right 1st ya got to have no wind and you have to have the shot and there just are not that many chances farthest to date for me is I think 748 and I thought that one was over 1000 . Really never kept count but have shot over 2000 round over 4 days before.
Guns I usually take are:
204 Ruger
22-250AI H&R
.223 H&R
22-250AI Savage w/26"bull bbl on a McMillan stock weighs about 13#'s 6-18x50 Leopold
This time I am taking my Smith&Wesson AR15-22 to shoot the close in dogs rather than burning up the more expensive ammo. At this point if I shoot one at 1000 it will be more luck than anything else. I just don't have any place to practice the long range shots. I will submit a report on my return.Kurt

t.r. 06-06-2018 08:07 AM

Do NOT miss Custer State Park in the Black Hills. You'll see far more wildlife than you will in Yellowstone Park. Unless you are driving a motor home, I strongly suggest driving through Needles Highway and Pigtail Bridges.

Across the line is Devil's Tower in north-east Wyoming. I shot my first bull elk about 15 miles from this landmark.

TR

omegahunter 06-13-2018 03:07 PM

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Originally Posted by land_owner (Post 2055742342)
I have been W of the Mississippi, but never to shoot anything, much less PD's. I can think of no better rifle than a hyper-accurate Handi- single shot, with perhaps a bull barrel. Now what caliber? 243 is decent - but maybe overkill. 223 maybe? Speed, distance, accuracy, bullet performance, cost effective, ease of reloading, fine optics, rock steady rest, target rich environment, agreeable land owner, what could be more practical and fun than that? Do you keep score? Or just vaporize the little varmints? At what ranges? Maybe some day after conversion to every day is a weekend...a Yellowstone trip sounds like a deal maker! Any concern for travel with firearms through the midlands and South Dakota?

Overkill??? A 55 BT .243 will pop the little buggers right out of their hide and it will come fluttering back down. Saw that happen on the Rosebud in South Dakota.

300 yard shots quickly became boring with the Savage 110FP in .223 Rem. Boom, splat. Boom, splat. We also brought .22lr to get the close ones and soon found ourselves seeing how far we could stretch single shot hits with the .22. Farthest was a lasered 174 yards. Decent poke with the high winds out there.

land_owner 06-14-2018 01:17 PM

My deer hunting partner always shot a SAKO Forester 243 loaded up in heavy for caliber bullets (Nosler Partitions I think) so as not to maim deer or hogs. He had lower weight varmint loads as well, though I do not know either end of his spectrum in that caliber.


I obviously do not know the 243, but now own three of them (incl. the Forester), for which I have all of the reloading "trimmings", but never shoot. Perhaps I should, but there are no PD's in Florida. The ground water table is just too high for the little beggars. If it was not already illegal, we would probably have irradiated the American Alligator in FL much the same way as PD's.

omegahunter 06-15-2018 09:25 AM

The .243 can be a flat shooter for quite a good distance with the lighter pills. Would make a dandy head-shooter rig for those piggies you have down there. :)

PHATINJUN 06-26-2018 04:12 AM

Well all I got to say is wow wow wow what a fiasco. Got to Fort Pierre wife did very good driving her I just bought Audi A3 704 miles door to door almost 12hrs . Hit the prairie bought the crack of 12:30 only PD left in what used to be a fantastic field was also filled w/beef so we hit a couple of large ponds in another field a cought quite a few perch and blue gills with the fly rods and made a pretty good day of it. Next morning we checked out 12-15 other fields that I had marked on my map from previous trips no dogs found so we went to The cattlemen's supper club that has the best steaks that I've ever had...my 3rd time there and is a place you got to find if ever in Pierre SD. Next day headed for the Black Hills and Wall Drug got about 65 miles away from Pierre and all the action starts... the car quits got ahold of a tow truck who took us to a little town that had a Ford dealership of course its afternoon on sat. so they don't open again to monday morning luckly they had a nice hotel in town a mom and pop place that was fairly new...no restaurants no bar and grill nothing except a little corner general store able to get some food for weekend of doing nothing. 1st tow $250 got the car in dealership Monday morn they had nobody that had ever seen an Audi but were able to run codes and kind of figured it had something to do with the timing belt. But there is a Audi dealership 400mi back to Sioux Falls SD same tow driver will get us there Tuesday $1000 cash!! ouch! Got the car to dealer got a hotel six had a quite dinner little reflection time. Got phone call next day mech. says the timing belt failed and while cruising down the road @ 65 it destroyed all the valves and cam shafts which destroyed the engine might be able to find used A3 motor $3500 plus new $7000. Now I'm in just try to get it home mode. Found a Uhaul only thing they had was 15 footer and dolley $750 and my wife has never driven a truck other than my suburban and I can't drive yet with my prosthetic leg .Wife came thru with flyin colors got back home after 400mile drive.Got the car into Euro Tech Monday morn called later in the day he had a motor lined up would try and keep it under $5000 plus tax depending how long it takes for the motor to get there may have it done by Friday Monday at the least. Long story Long car done on Friday $5065 runs great wife's happy but heart broken as we didn't make it even to Wall Drug. Gonna take a couple of yrs to save to try and do it again for our 30th. This time we'll rent a car try to blow it up then demand a Caddy because of the inconvenience it's caused!! I've driven my 180,000 suburban out there 3 times go figure. Sorry for the long post but had to tell the story. Keep your eyes open may be some H&R's hitting the market soon!! Now where's that go fund me page. Kurt

quickdtoo 06-26-2018 11:10 AM

Wow, sorry to hear the trip was such a bummer, hope next time is a lot more enjoyable!.

Tim


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