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Old 08-24-2013, 12:30 AM
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Re: .22-250 Enough For Wolves?

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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.
That all sounds right to me and is good common sense .
180 lbs ! wow that's a lot of dog . The heaviest dog I ever owned weighed 140 lbs and he was a real monster .
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:48 AM
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Re: .22-250 Enough For Wolves?

I killed a wolf in Idaho in 2011. The range was about 30 yds, and the rifle was a 7mm-08, 140 grain bullet. The angle was straight on, and the bullet entered the center of the chest, exiting the lower back. The wolf rared up at the shot, and then went about 70 yards and out of sight. I've hunted coyotes for 25 years, and I believe a coyote would have dropped in its tracks with the same shot using a .22-250. Bottom line is, these things are a lot tougher than coyotes.
A trapper friend of mine shot a trapped wolf with a .223...twice. His opinion is that a 22 cal is not big enough for wolves.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:40 AM
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Re: .22-250 Enough For Wolves?

Getting myself ready to build an AR in 6X45 myself. I want a little more snort than a .223 offers. I think a 75 gr v-max in his kitchen will keep the tracking required to a minimum! I considered re-barreling my own 22-250 up to a 250 Savage. But I've been needing an excuse to build an AR. And I want to smoke the pack!
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:48 PM
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Re: .22-250 Enough For Wolves?

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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.

Hard or soft bullet?

Where was he hit?
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:03 PM
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Re: .22-250 Enough For Wolves?

I'm with Roy on this one and it's not just because we're neighbors. 22-250 is fine and I don't care about the way a wolf dies as long as it's dead (coyotes are in the same category for me).
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:25 PM
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Re: .22-250 Enough For Wolves?

OK, shoot him in the gut with a .22RF, and it will kill him just like a 22-250. He will crawl off and die somewhere, and for some folks mission accomplished. I'll not quibble over whether it's humane or not , I don't really care myself. But at $250.00 to $400.00 per pelt, I want to take him home. A .22-250 just does not have the energy to put him down and keep him down. No .22 does, unless you make that one in a thousand shots. Therefore I carry a 25-06, or a 30-06. Three or four good pelts will pay for a new gun and scope.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:32 PM
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You make a good point Sourdough if your selling pelts.
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