Wasn't sure where to put this, as the rifle in question (this time) is a Cooper and not a Kimber. Love 'em both, but my Cooper went for a walkabout this time. My Kimber 84M Varmint in 204 was left whining in the safe.
It's that time of year again, and when I wake up and it's a perfect sunny morning, I'm jonesing to grab a rifle and go for a rockchuck walkabout, yesterday was one of those days. Rancher friends call me for "rodent removal", so I try to do my part (wink). I've been doing a lot of rat shooting with my 20VT, so decided to take another 'small-case' caliber rifle, and as ranges are not over 300 yards at this particular local ranch, my Cooper Phoenix 221FB (Fireball) was my 'rifle of the day'. My Kimber Ultra .45 frame wore it's .22LR Compact Conversion. I always have a handgun on me no matter where I am.
This property has pastures bordered with 'islands' of lava rock and juniper. For a rockchuck, it's pretty much heaven, as they don't get shot much (except by me), have all the food they can eat, and great rock piles for denning. It's also great terrain for sneaking about with a rifle trying to not be seen by the chucks inside of 200 yards.
These chucks are wary enough to know not to let a human see them exposed, so in all the years I've shot here, it's been 90% head shots only. My typical shot is an eye and ear peeking over a rock....no body shots here, so it's been interesting and challenging in the accuracy department.
This rock pile/den has been a chuck condo for as long as I can remember:
These two were taken off this rock pile from 228 yards, prone with bipod. Both only offered 'peeker' head shots, and the little "Furball" shooting Nosler 40gr Varmageddon Tipped over A2200 at only 3,100 fps was mucho plenty for the task.
I really don't want to post excessive carnage, but I'll mention that the chuck on the left in the above pic offered me a head-on shot, my POA was right under his nose. Bullet impact was also right under his nose. What the pic shows 'looks' like it has a head, but trust me, it's completely empty, just skin. Even I was surprised at the performance of the bullet, and I've killed countless sage rats and chucks with it in this rifle and my other .224" rat rifles.
Took this walking back to my truck......
I sure do enjoy these morning walkabouts, and a sweet shooting rifle just makes it better. Love my Furball! (AND my Kimbers!
Just wanted to share a good morning in the field with the crew.