Originally Posted by F224
I have a friend and hunting partner who has studied the killing of wolfs around North America for years. He says that anything in the 22 Hornet class will kill them easily.
I also know a guy who shot several with an AR15 and 55gr prairie dog bullets, all DRT at 60-90 yards in just a few seconds.
60gr Partions, 65gr Gamekings or 55-62gr Trophy Bondeds will work just fine in your 22/250.
That is all well and good but at what range ? Try killing a wolf at 700 yards with a 22 hornet.
So by that theory a knife is a good weapon to take Wolves as long as you don't mention or discuss the range .
I could kill a wolf with a baseball bat but would it be a practical hunting weapon . I think not.
What about a bolt gun in an abattoir it can kill the biggest Ox in the paddock at about zero range.
You can not ignore the terminal ballistic capabilities of a cartridge at range when discussing the suitability to hunt certain game in certain conditions , they all work if you can get close enough and place a perfect shot .
The 22-250 will do the job at average hunting ranges but it still has range limitations and bad wind bucking ability compared to bigger cals that will do a better job and that goes on and on up the cartridge performance ladder but at some point practicality steps in and things like recoil , weapon weight , weapon cost , ammo costs , weapon portability , hunting style , terrain conditions , personal abilities , dictate the biggest practical cartridge for the job .
A 22 Hornet is more towards the least suitable end of the scale than the most suitable in my book .