Friday, June 4, 2010

Wyoming Field Research

I recently returned home from Wyoming where we shot prairie dogs, ground squirrels and rock chuck with the guys at Silver Spur Outfitters in Encampment. And man was it cold…at least for me. The week before I left for the trip, I was in shorts and t-shirts in South Carolina, and while I was in Wyoming, it dropped to a whopping 30 degrees and snowing.

Talk about a damper on shooting prairie dogs.

However, the ground squirrels didn’t seem to mind the snow and wind, so we stayed out with them. Luckily the snow only lasted one day.

We shot Winchester’s new (in 2009) 22LR and 22 Win Mag lead free ammo, 22-250 and the latest .223 Ballistic Silvertip lead free ammo that was just introduced this year.

We tested the product on the varmints from 10 yards all the way out to 540 yards and no matter what the distance was, the ammunition performed great. The results from some of the shots were unbelievable. It’s amazing how high you can launch a prairie dog or ground squirrel in the air with a 22-250 or 223.

Without being too graphic, I’d just have to say that Winchester’s product works. The new BST lead free load designed by Winchester and Nosler features a plastic tip to reduce tip damage and promote long-range performance, and a gilding metal jacket. The fragmenting copper core is engineered to explode on impact. And it indeed exploded.

If you don’t believe me, go out and buy some yourself to try.

You won’t be disappointed!

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