I'd never been prairie dog hunting before, but I'd always assumed it would be easy. It probably would be, except that I can't shoot a rifle worth a damn. I fired around 20 rounds of .22 magnum, but only scored a couple of hits. With all of our shooting within 100 yards, I was dissapointed. When I missed three consecutive shots at 20 yards, I got really irritated. I unloaded the rifle and set it in the truck. I pulled my Para-Ord 7.45 LDA from it's holster and dead-centered a lil' dog at 20 yards with a 185 grain flat point. There was a cloud of dust and fur, and I felt much better about myself. I don't know why I can't shoot a rifle well, but my skill with a .45 salvaged my self esteem. The mental image of the cloud of dust and fur has made me chuckle to myself several times, and I can absolutely say that hollowpoints are not necessary when shooting prairie dogs with a .45 ACP -- there wasn't much left of the little bugger at all. I found 2,300 rounds of .17 HMR ammo at a little shop near my parents' house this weekend, and bought it all. I'm trying to decide between selling it at the Spokane Gunshow next weekend, or getting a .17 rifle and practicing enough to be good with it. The .45 was fun, but I suppose that it would be good to be able to take shots past 25 yards.