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This is not a formal test, just an observation. Last night the dog started raising Cain, and I went outside with a Springfield XD loaded with 230 grain Winchester SXT. The 'diller was in my front yard about eight yards from my front porch. The XD is equipped with a TLR-1 LED tactical light, so I centered my front sight on the animal's back and squeezed.

Armadillos have a seriously basic nervous system, so a one-shot kill isn't always possible. The SXT, however, drove the critter headfirst into the ground, and he didn't even TWITCH. In fact, he's still out there awaiting disposal. After I got him, the dog pointed me to another out in the privet hedge West of the house. I went around to the far side of the thicket and managed to spook him out, then shot him with my red dot sighted 10/22 Ruger. He was moving forward when the second, third, and fourth rounds hit him, then he expired after about twenty yards. I should have stuck to the .45, but the neighbors don't deserve to hear all that gunfire during Desperate Housewives. :)

Did I mention that I HATE armadillos? I have a twisted ankle from stepping in a hole they dug last week, so maybe I'll be free of them for a week or two.
 

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lelandray,

Buddy, you're going to hear from "The Friends of the Armidillo's" no doubt.
Don't have 'dillo's out here, but we do have possums. Plum ugly and mean. Have gotten several in the back lot with my suppressed Ruger MKII...


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Howdy folks,

Mr. LelandRay, while I might agree your report is not "scientific", I also tend to think we worry too much about such things at times too. The bottom line is I think it says good things about the SXT round. Besides, when was the last time anyone can recall seeing a guy in a white lab coat sighting in on that armored critter, lol.

Mr. Wes, I do agree sir, they are both ugly and mean critters too. Back in my caveman era as what I affectionately call "the real police", my department had a program in the early 70s where we would maintain daily contact with our older citizens, especially if they lived alone or had health issues. If they failed to answer the phone or had not called in to advise they would be out when the call was made, we sent a unit to check on their status.

I had already met a very sweet lady because she often forgot to let us know she would not be near her phone when her call was scheduled. I got a call to her residence one night when she had set some traps up in her attic, thinking she had a rat problem. Turns out she had a possum problem instead. She also had one very irritate critter trying his best to chew through his trapped leg to "escape custody".

She had the trap set near the outside of her attic, where the roof was steeply slanted. That meant among other things, that you had no real room to get any serious "hootus" behind your nightstick. All the patrol officer seemed to be doing was making the possum more made and determined to effect his intended jail break.

I sent him to the possum pond in the sky using two reloaded 38 spc snake loads. The first problem did the intended job perfectly. But after thinking about how sharp those teeth looked while snarling at me, I added the second one just to be certain, lol. Since we had a "fleeing felon" statute still on the books at that point in time, I figured it was ok to talk about it.

On the issue of critter control, I usually just do what needs to be done, and try not to talk much about it. In addition to some folks who worry about desert owls in my neck of the woods, they also tend to hold the western diamondback and a few other of its cousins in extremely high regard. So again, I just do what needs to be done and not worry too much about talking about things. Did I mention that Speer sells the .38//357 and .44 shot shell capsules in a 50 pack, and offers the .45 Colt capsules in a box of 25 (grinning) ?

All kidding aside Mr. LelandRay, thats for sharing that ammo experience with us. I do think it speaks highly of the effectiveness of the SXT loading.

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Sic Semper 'Dillo! We used to catch them at FT Hood, paint them in our regimental colours and turn them loose to annoy the 2nd Armored Division (Brand X). Did you know that the 'Dillo is the only other animal (other than man) than can get Hansens disease? Leprosy.
 

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Sic Semper 'Dillo! We used to catch them at FT Hood, paint them in our regimental colours and turn them loose to annoy the 2nd Armored Division (Brand X). Did you know that the 'Dillo is the only other animal (other than man) than can get Hansens disease? Leprosy.
I'm so paranoid about them that when I haul one off I wear heavy leather gloves so I don't have to touch em.

Painted armadillos, huh? I think I sniff a business opportunity here: maybe I can paint some up in college colors and sell em at ball games?
 
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