Lots and lots of wolves have been and currently killed with the 17 Rem, 222 , 223. And 22-250 . . For a 70-80 lb wolf they kill them but sometimes the don't. . The 6 mm s and 25 s work well. . Some wolves get twice that big. A friend of mine shot a 140 poinsettias that was more than 7' from his nose to the root of his tail. In Bat Bay, Revilla Is.
Shot was from around 100 yards. Shooting his 06 with 180 gr Silvertips. Good shoulder shot. Knocked the wolf down and it couldn't get up. It laid on the beach breaking rocks with its teeth while it expired.
I know a guy here in the Copper Basin that lost a wolf that he shot and hit with his 300 Whby. Its skeleton was found close to where he shot it 2 years later by his son. . I've seen a wold run 400 yards after being double lunged from about 350-400 yrds with a 168 gr Sierra from an 06 .
The 6 PPC has been used very efficiently on wolves shooting the 80 gr Hornady fmj bullet with a m.v. of 2800 fps but it often takes 2 shots to hold them down. .
My self, I think an accurized H+K 91 in 6.5 Cm or 260 Rem. With a fluted chamber and PSG1 trigger group would be close to the ultimate wolf rifle. At least for the extreme conditions of winter time snogo hunting in Ak and Northern Canada ..4-16x illuminated holdover reticule scope.
We just killed one with a 6.5 cm I shoot a 243 or 25-06 for primary wolf rifle with long bullets. And the same guy that killed one with the creed old has killed 3 with 22-250 small will work I do know too well. But this is a long range hunting forum and a thread Titled ideal Wolf hunting rifle So I would recommend that a 223 Would not be My ideal choice although I own one and love it very much.
My 223 is awesome. And Im pretty sure that out to 300 yards the 53 gr TSX that I shoot in it would work great but , if I had my druthers I would have a 7" twist so I could shoot the 70 gr TSX. And the 75 gr Sirrocco . An 8" twist 22-250 would be great also. But at 45 MPH it doesn't take very long for a pack of wolves that are at 200-300 yards when the shooting starts to get to 600-800 yards away . So the 243 , 25-06 and the 6.5 s all with pretty tough mid to heavy bullets is what I like.
Learning a guys rifle, scope, load which includes drop, drift and tof. .are really the most important. . .
New rifles are great but I would rather KNOW my rifle than have some high dollar ultra precision super wizard bang that I don't know. And that may not take the guff of bush Alaska.
The 223 works very well in the timber, where shots are 10 to 200yds max. But I wouldn't call it "ideal". Lately, I've been using an old short tube Remmy 788 in 6mm shooting 85gr pills. I used to use a 6.8SPC, the AR15 platform is ideal, but it wasn't much good at longer stuff. I'm with Rooster and COLD T F on the 6.5, 25.06, 243etc. They're closer to what you'd call "ideal", in that, they do the same job as the 223 for closer stuff while still having enough horsepower to drop em at distance.
I like things that go "bang"... I love things that go "BOOM!"
I have a 257 Wby that I like.Where I live they have one of those semi auto Nemo arms in 300 win.I would love to test that out on a pack.They are making stuff for the military.A guy at Defiance showed me there ar style upper and lower.I was hoping to blast one w/my 338 norma and well ventilate him.