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Old 12-31-2012, 07:49 PM
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Re: Ideal Wolf Hunting Rifle

Maybe you LR hunters have thoughts on this you will share with us...but, I think the limiting factor for a WOLF RIFLE is the reality that sub-MOA or even 1/2 MOA accuracy on a kill zone about the size of two over lapping pie plates is NOT the key here. I see the key to be MOW...Minute Of Wind ; in that, at some point well inside a thousand yards the realistic expectation of Killing and not just Educating a wolf ... is weighting the crosswind cutting ability of a high BC VLD bullet more than flat trajectory. And the other reality we all seem to agree on is that chances are you might mi..mi..miss once or twice and fast followup shots where the shooter stays-in-the-gun/scope allows making corrections for wind drift (yeah, yeah deflection) up the odds of tipping the Balance of Nature a little for those underdog ungulates .
So all this Texan is mumbling about IS; something like a fast twist 6mm [6XC, the Alaskan gentleman's .243 / 6mmRem or even better Robert Whitley's 6mmSuperLR] or 6.5mmCM / 260Rem in an AR platform [where you can let fly those 600ish BC VLDs with fast recovery times aided by low recoil and self-loading actions...] = the Ideal Wolf Hunting Rifle.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:11 PM
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Re: Ideal Wolf Hunting Rifle

Well here's the way I look at it. I'm only interested in Minute of Wolf. I figure I have a 50/50 chance of dropping the critter if I even hit him. Any hit in the head, neck. shoulder, rib cage, or spine is going to put him down pretty quick. Any other hit may not put him down, but it will kill him, and that's not a bad thing, as I get a chance on another.

As far as educating goes, these wolves are already educated. There are a lot of guys out there chasing them. It's half skill and half luck. Spend enough time and learn the tricks and you'll get one.

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Old 01-09-2013, 09:41 AM
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Re: Ideal Wolf Hunting Rifle

Some of the old boys in my small Idaho town say that XYLITOL is the weapon of choice for wolves. I've searched all the gun sites I can think of, and still can't find that brand of rifle or ammo.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:13 AM
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I have not used them yet for hunting, but the reports I have read is that they tend to shred into shrapnel. Some pieces may exit and some not. I suppose a high velocity hit at close range might make a mess. in which case I might opt for a head shot.

Here's a thread on terminal performance...

*Updated 10/29* Terminal Performance 6.5mm 130gr CEB

If I was pelt hunting, I would probably use something like 6-284 (for velocoity and range) pushing E-Tips or TTsx's. i don't think they would make a big exit and close shots might be head shots If I had the time.

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Hey! I've seen that thread somewhere

The 130 CEB does leave some petals for sure (they are hanging on my cork board right now). But, as the thread shows, even on my antelope which weighs less than a big woof, the exit hole wasn't all that nasty & it was a fairly close shot @ 370ish. I would tend to think the 6.5WSM or Winmag with that bullet is going to be just about right for a LR woof whacker. It will stay together to break any bone a woof can put in it's way yet is still soft enough in the nose to expand at long range. The one thing I can say that I like about the CEB over the Berger & this is just from an observation aspect; the CEBs are made on CNC machines, there are no deviations in bearing surface, weight, meplat diameter or depth.

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Hey! I've seen that thread somewhere

The 130 CEB does leave some petals for sure (they are hanging on my cork board right now). But, as the thread shows, even on my antelope which weighs less than a big woof, the exit hole wasn't all that nasty & it was a fairly close shot @ 370ish. I would tend to think the 6.5WSM or Winmag with that bullet is going to be just about right for a LR woof whacker. It will stay together to break any bone a woof can put in it's way yet is still soft enough in the nose to expand at long range. The one thing I can say that I like about the CEB over the Berger & this is just from an observation aspect; the CEBs are made on CNC machines, there are no deviations in bearing surface, weight, meplat diameter or depth.

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Yup, no slam on Bergers here because I'll probably shoot more of them than the CE's at rocks, PD's, etc. due to cost, but the CE's are PRECISE and the few I have loaded have excellent accuracy. Their forward bore rider design aligns the bullet to the bore perfectly, which I think is why they are so easy to load for with great accuracy.
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I hear you brother, I wasn't intending to down play Berger either, they have too many fuzzy wuzzies accounted for to do that.

They are expensive for sure, but in regards to the relatively short bbl life of my 6.5WSM... I can dig it


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So all this Texan is mumbling about IS; something like a fast twist 6mm [6XC, the Alaskan gentleman's .243 / 6mmRem or even better Robert Whitley's 6mmSuperLR] or 6.5mmCM / 260Rem in an AR platform [where you can let fly those 600ish BC VLDs with fast recovery times aided by low recoil and self-loading actions...] = the Ideal Wolf Hunting Rifle.
Sometimes less is MORE !
What a lot of guys are finding out here is the AR simply does not have the range to reach a good number of the wolves we're seeing or calling. I know of a number of guys who have dropped their small cals and AR's for what would normally be ELR rifles simply to reach out to where the wolves are comfortable and to buck the wind. I know one guys who is very good at calling predators and he did very well early on but these wolves are called every week by multiple people and they are getting the idea, the closest he's called a wolf in recently is just over 800 yards so he's also gone to a long range bolt gun. In our group I pack the smallest wolf rifle, a 270 WSM loaded with 165 Matrix which is my elk gun, the rest pack 300's or 338's.
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