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Old 04-28-2021, 12:44 PM
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TB Rat what is a PD ?
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Old 04-29-2021, 05:39 AM
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Prairie Dog. I figured that out the next day
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Old 04-29-2021, 09:51 AM
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I have shot some with an M1A in 308.
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Old 04-29-2021, 10:49 AM
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I'm pretty sure that the OP never intended to shoot a prairie dog with the .458, which is why he said half kidding, because it will have been a .458 that is now converted to .22 hornet. I don't think this was meant to be a thread about shooting small things with large calibers (which is of course always fun!)

I personally think it sounds like a good idea to go ahead and do it. I will be awaiting the follow up posts!
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Old 04-29-2021, 11:30 AM
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Yes, the rifle is going to become a .22 Hornet in any case, either with a liner installed in the .458 barrel, or with a new, much lighter contour barrel. The former will give the appearance of a .458 Tropical Rifle and weigh 9 lbs (hence the reference to shooting PDs with a .458), while the latter will look just like a 1A Light Rifle and weigh about 6.5 lbs. That is the decision, and the weight, not the appearance, is the biggest factor:
1H Tropical Rifle:
458 1.jpg

1A Light Rifle:
458 2.jpg



Thanks for all the input.

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Old 04-29-2021, 12:32 PM
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TBR, many of us here know your skills are good enough to do just about anything you can imagine, so "can" has little to do with your question if I understand you correctly.

So my opinion is do the barrel liner, and here's why. I have an Encore Bull Barrel 22K Hornet 26" rifle. Shooting it well, shooting quite a few rounds at once, seeing through the scope what I am shooting at without muzzle lift, are all trivial with that configuration. There is only the slightest bit of felt recoil, and barrel heating is very low. SOOOO, if you want a PD gun to shoot from a field bench, I don't know how it could get any better than that. What would another walking varminter add to your collection?

P.s. I don't know what twist the barrel liners come in but in my SSK 22K hornet barrel I had them make it in 1:12 and it will shoot 55gr as good as can be with no noticable loss of accuracy even down to 34gr pills.

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Old 04-29-2021, 12:58 PM
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Thanks. And, yes, that is the big question: What will another walkaround varminter give me? The liner is only available in 1:14" twist, which is fine with me. My plan is to shoot only the plastic-tipped 35-40 grainers, maybe 45 grainers, anyway. For what it's worth, the Ruger No. 1 Vs usually weigh in at 9 lbs., so, a No. 1 varminter that weighs 9 lbs. but looks like a Tropical Rifle is not out of the question.

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Old 04-29-2021, 06:22 PM
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I have this same Ruger No1. It was originally a 458 winmag and rechambered into a 458 Lott. This is one of my funnest rifles to shoot. Jard makes a trigger for this rifle, its around 12oz which makes it much nicer than the heavy Ruger trigger.

The 458 Lott round makes the 22lr look comical. That would be a great conversion.


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Old 04-29-2021, 06:48 PM
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Iím jealous.

I would keep it as a 458 Win Mag.
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I guess I am too old. I see nothing entertaining about destroying wild animals for fun !!!
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I guess I am too old. I see nothing entertaining about destroying wild animals for fun !!!
Then don't do it, but since it is perfectly legal, and they are a pest that cause extensive damage, the rest of us will help ranchers and farmers get rid of them. Dead is dead, whether by 22 Rf, poison or a 458, end result is the same.
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Old 04-30-2021, 08:24 AM
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Then don't do it, but since it is perfectly legal, and they are a pest that cause extensive damage, the rest of us will help ranchers and farmers get rid of them. Dead is dead, whether by 22 Rf, poison or a 458, end result is the same.
All he said was he saw nothing entertaining about it. He is entitled to his opinion. He didn't say you shouldn't do it.
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Old 04-30-2021, 11:40 AM
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I'm pretty sure that the OP never intended to shoot a prairie dog with the .458, which is why he said half kidding, because it will have been a .458 that is now converted to .22 hornet. I don't think this was meant to be a thread about shooting small things with large calibers (which is of course always fun!)

I personally think it sounds like a good idea to go ahead and do it. I will be awaiting the follow up posts!
I realize that now. A coincidence, I am right now in load development to do that very thing (458 winmag for small critters). I though for a moment, I had found a kindred spirit. That makes me nuts and the OP only a little eccentric

I used to crave a 22 Hornet in the worse way. There was a neat little Winchester bolt from the old days. And then Ruger. Unfortunately, all the Ruger Hornets got bad accuracy reviews. I guess, the source of barrels varied. Anyway, short story, I finally threw in the towel and went 223 in a CZ carbine. Sometimes life is just that much easier to go with the flow. Then other times, I can be as big a nut job as they come. The heck with practical.

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Old 05-01-2021, 06:56 AM
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The largest caliber I ever shot a prairie dog with was a 7mm Remington magnum.
The only thing I shot with my 458 was a black bear
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