Prairie dog hunting choices
So starting to shop around in the 800$ ish range and under for pesky pddogs . So far the Seneca Sonoma , AF Condor , AA 500 single shot and last but not least the Marauder . All in .25 . What are some thoughts? I want power ( pdogs are hard to get close to ) and accuracy. I have an old Hatsan Hammerli that works ok but Want a little more range .
Having just returned from a week-long successful PD hunt with 3 others, maybe I can help with suggestions.
First, you are correct about getting close. The closest we were able to get with the highest percent of kills was around 50 yards. We had some within 30 yards but that's luck. The vast majority was out to 100 yards and we were able to take quite a few out to 150 yards. Granted, the gun was part of the formula but so was ammo and zeroing the gun for the longer distances.
Optics: good glass is very important. They camo real well. Range finder and bino's are a must.
Weather: we had days that were somewhat calm and a couple of days of gusting winds and even one of light rain.
We had the following guns and in no particular order
Cricket carbine .25
Mutant short .22
Evanix Rainstorm RS2 .30
Hatsan Gladius .22
The last two guns are within your budget and were used almost everyday and were taking dogs out to 100 yards easily. The Rainstorm is what my son used. His hit/miss ratio was about 80%. The Gladius was used by one of the other hunters and his hit/miss ratio was slighly less due mostly to any wind.
Having owned the three guns you mentioned, either would be great. My choice would be the Marauder. Out of the box tuned, ready to go with good shot count, quiet and 100 yard prairie dog accuracy
I'd consider selling the RS2 as I really can't use it here for my primary game to hunt (squirrels) and he is leaving for college in three weeks. PM me for more info. Also, if you have further questions about our PD hunt please do the same. Be happy to help.