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Old 08-18-2013, 07:30 PM
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Re: .22-250 Enough For Wolves?

All .22's very popular around here: .22-250, .220 Swift, .223 Rem and a guy I work with uses 12 ga.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:50 PM
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Re: .22-250 Enough For Wolves?

We don't have Wolves but we have feral dogs and some are as big as Wolves .
It's mainly about what range do you need.
The more range you need the bigger cartridge , heavier bullet and more velocity you need to get .
243W is a good middle ground and the 6mm diameter bullet means that there is lots of good bullets many of them competition quality available for that calibre .
The 22-250 will do the job no worries and if you have one then use it but windy days will cause problems for the lighter .224 bullets .
The faster twist barrel and heavier bullets will help and keep the range real , but my vote is for 243 W .
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Re: .22-250 Enough For Wolves?

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All .22's very popular around here: .22-250, .220 Swift, .223 Rem and a guy I work with uses 12 ga.
A 12 ga? That sounds interesting
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Re: .22-250 Enough For Wolves?

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Shot placement, as always, is king. But, keep in mind that their heart is just behind the last rib. If you want to take one home move the shot a bit more forward. Think bait about that one.

^^^^^!!!YES!!!^^^^^

I was getting ready to post alot the proper shot placement on wolves but you seem to have it covered!
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A 12 ga? That sounds interesting
Waits until there is deep snow. Runs up to them on snogo and shoots them with No. 4. He gets about 10-12 per year.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:20 AM
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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 .
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Re: .22-250 Enough For Wolves?

I live in Alaska, on average our Wolves range from 80 to 180lbs. A good friend of mine is a professional guide, who specializes in Wolves. I am often invited to go along with him and his clients. No 22s period, 243 minimum. He prefers a 25-06. Some clients will bring 30-06s and he says that is OK. Some bring a .243, again he is OK with it. But when a guy shows up with a .223, .22-250, or a .220 Swift, he tells them they need a real gun that will stop something. They either accept the loan of a 25-06, or they go home. He tells them up front when they are booking with him, nothing smaller than a .243. Some will show up with a 22-250 anyway. Occasionally a .17 Remington will find it's way up there.

I shot a Wolf with a .223 one morning, at 150 yards. I felt it was a good shot. That Wolf took off like he had afterburners. We spent three hours trying to find it, then gave up. I went home and got my Beagles. Found out we had been off on the wrong track. They found it many miles away, in a totally different direction. The Wolf was lying dead. Birds had already started picking at it's eyes and head. It was a nice Gray, worth maybe $300.00. But after the birds found it and did their distruction I only got $100.00 for trim work.
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