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Sage Rats in Oregon
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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2016 03:25 PM
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Hi, does anyone know of any epidemic of Sage Rats in Oregon, we are looking for the place that has the most and if there is anyone on this site involved with the State Fish and Wildlife they should know, someone has to keep track of these kind of statistics!!



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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2016 04:02 PM
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just did a search : Sage rats in Oregon interesting they are desert squirrel's locals call them SAGE RATS in the Southeast part of Oregon high desert have hunting info etc on them.

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Christmas Valley is the place to go, its getting permission, the best is in the alfalfa fields, just don't shoot the pivots.



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look for the term ground squirrel.
the ones around here are Belding ground squirrels.
I'm trying to figure out the cheapest round to eliminate about 500 of them from 30 to 250 yds away.
the 17 cal rim fires are starting to look tempting but at 16.00 for 50 rounds that's not all that cheap.
and the 22 lr just won't get them all that far away nor do in the occasional rock chuck I run into very efficiently.
I think I need a 22 hornet maybe.
but that only gets the cost down to about 24-25 a hundred, unless I use cast bullets which somewhat limits my velocity's once again cutting my range.
hmm maybe the 204 ruger.



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Runfive,
22 hornet is nice I would try for the 218 bee , Have the hornets great but the brass is thin neck so care must be taken when seating them. Hornets have the rifle and also T/C pistol bbl in 14 inch. Same for the 218 bees. How about a 221 fireball ? 222 Rem ? 17 Rem ? and you did mention the 204 . Just a suggestion. 22 Jet too.



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runfiverun, my friend over in buhl id. just bought a 17 win. super mag rifle. I do not know that much about them but there is some coyote hunters around here that are doing 1 shot kills out to 250-300yrds. they come in 17-20 and 25 gr. bullets. the 20gr. rounds travel at 3,000 fps. seems like all the LGS around the magic valley carry those rnds. they very around 16.00 to 19.00 for 50. just a fat little 17 rim fire that looks interesting. 86



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It's about that time of year in Nevada. We use accurate bolt actions or AR's in 5.56/.223. We can easily go through 500 rounds a day each for several days if an alfalfa field is sprinkled. Flood irrigation helps to control the numbers because it floods out the dens. Shots are 10 feet to 300+ yards. This year I've loaded up about 800 cast 55 gr GC at 1800 fps I'll use out to 150 yards in my Browning A-bolt .223/5.56. I'll also keep my AR in the ATV rack for longer shots.

My cost for jacketed 55 gr HP's is about .20 cents per round.  The cast loads cost me about .10 cents per round.

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i keep looking at that win mag round.
i could also use the cases after firing them.

a de-rim, and punch them up, then a core seat for another bump up, and use them for 7mm jackets.
only I'd have to buy the die set and have the de-rim die made.
for only like 16-1700.00 $ i could make my first 7mm bullet.
maybe i should go back to making 223 rounds with 22 lr jackets for bullets.



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runfiverun,
That's a lot of work going the 22RF brass and swaging bullets done that ! I'll buy them now but just in case can go back and do them. Have dies and toys to go up to pistol bullets. Jackets & rolls of lead core wire too.

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Like gophers you will get lots of shooting. The ruger 10-22 in 22 LR is the best way to go. with coordinated ammo, rats can be shot our to 150 yards. On a good day you can shoot 1-2 bricks. Colonies are usually dense, little walking needed. See MYGAWDS posts to see pictures of ground squirrel annual hunts in Montana.



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Bear,
You can still see those little critters out that far ????:troll:



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4-16x 50 mm with adjustable objective...and some eye drops each night.

Gopher hunting might just be more fun that deer?



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Bear,
You'll get more shots off for sure...oh brother be cool.. was going fishing today but it was raining frogs so we called it off..



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