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Old 05-21-2012, 06:43 PM
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Re: Ideal Wolf Hunting Rifle

The first wolf I killed in Idaho I howled in to 80 yards and dropped it with my 22.250. Thats when wolves were laying around like ferrell dogs, alot has changed since then. In my part of the country the Feds have shot at them from helicopters, the government hunters have been using calls and traps for years now. What I'm seeing is the wolf is alot smarter animal than it was 4 years ago. I will only hunt with my custom Rem 7MM topped with a nightforce 5x 22- NXS. In Feb. I called a big Alfa male, the closet I could get was 620 yards, he was sitting in the sage facing me, the angle was extreme uphill. I shot and hit him, he bled alot at first and I ended up tracking him for 2 more days. I finally pulled off he was climbing straight uphill and not bleeding much anymore. 5 days later I was in the same drainage and cut a big set of wolf tracks I set up in the timber and called for about 35 minutes, I slowly turned my head and 20 yards behind me the wolf was standing there stairing at me. After about 30 seconds I slowly raised my 7mm and shot him in the chest. On inspection of the wolf he had a hole in his chest and a big hole in his left femor from my first shot. I hope not to miss the the first long shot next time because I will be using my new G7 range finder, and I really don't care how big the hole is in the hide I'm not hunting wolves to sell the hide. Long or short range I will be using my 7MM. Good luck and hunt hard.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:40 PM
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Re: Ideal Wolf Hunting Rifle

243 wssm, bolt action
the AR-10 in the .308 platform will get the job done, AR-10 is also available in a 6.8 with plenty of punch, good 3-400yd round
you may also look at 6.5 x 47 lapua bolt action
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:35 PM
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Re: Ideal Wolf Hunting Rifle

I too want a wolf hide on my wall. They are a thin skinned animal like a mountain lion or leopard...when I shot those animals with a 7mm...it sure as hell killed them but truth is a 6mm especially with a high BC 115gr DTAC or Berger is more than enough.
For accuracy you have probably heard of Robert Whitley & 6mmAR in Precision Shooting Mag. I have his 20 Practical upper for coyotes...I will probably opt for the 6 Turbo for my
horseback wolf hunt. I am greedy also and try for multiples of coyotes coming in to the remote caller, so have gone to a shotgun in the lap and an AR on the bipod. The leads on crossing coyotes are long at just a few hundred yards...so I don't know how realistic multiples will be on wolves that hang up beyond a quarter mile for the first shot and then are going away fast. Every 20 yards he adds is another hold and it is happening fast...oh, but the stuff of dream. If you are successful let us see the pictures by writing a story for Len.
Here is the link for Robert Whitley> 6mmAR Turbo
It is amazing how big thick furred animals look until you skin them and see how small the kill zone really is.
Good luck from Texas,
CR
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:43 PM
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Re: Ideal Wolf Hunting Rifle

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I too want a wolf hide on my wall. They are a thin skinned animal like a mountain lion or leopard...when I shot those animals with a 7mm...it sure as hell killed them but truth is a 6mm especially with a high BC 115gr DTAC or Berger is more than enough.
For accuracy you have probably heard of Robert Whitley & 6mmAR in Precision Shooting Mag. I have his 20 Practical upper for coyotes...I will probably opt for the 6 Turbo for my
horseback wolf hunt. I am greedy also and try for multiples of coyotes coming in to the remote caller, so have gone to a shotgun in the lap and an AR on the bipod. The leads on crossing coyotes are long at just a few hundred yards...so I don't know how realistic multiples will be on wolves that hang up beyond a quarter mile for the first shot and then are going away fast. Every 20 yards he adds is another hold and it is happening fast...oh, but the stuff of dream. If you are successful let us see the pictures by writing a story for Len.
Here is the link for Robert Whitley> 6mmAR Turbo
It is amazing how big thick furred animals look until you skin them and see how small the kill zone really is.
Good luck from Texas,
CR
me and this guy are on the same page. load the 105,115 berger hunting bullets is bad news for anything smaller than elk and you can have 15-25 at the touch of the trigger...priceless. you can also get them to make you one left hand!
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:30 AM
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Re: Ideal Wolf Hunting Rifle

My dedicated wolf rifle is a Tikka M695 chambered in .30-06. I use 168gr Berger VLD's with 61.6 gr of Hodgdon Superformance powder at approx 2745 fps muzzle vel. I tend to agree with those mentioning the lighter calibres and bullet weights (.243/6.5mm and 90-115gr etc) with regard to hide quality, if I was made of money I would likely buy and use a .25-06 for the job. Regardless our wolves here in Alberta are big and healthy - so I don't feel my choice is overkill.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:39 AM
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Re: Ideal Wolf Hunting Rifle

243 win, and 6.5x284 with long range scopes, Wolves are getting smarter here in Idaho every year, long range will help fill the tags and help the numbers, too bad it wont hardly matter now---------------
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:44 AM
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Re: Ideal Wolf Hunting Rifle

For the guys who have put them on the ground, what does it take for a quick clean kill?

Haven't shot one yet, but have seen them from the boat and they are big, figuring they are a fair bit tougher than a coyote and sometimes those critters really need some hp to put them down.

My hunt will likely be different circumstances than the Idaho guys, as the animals I'm likely to hunt will probably never have been shot at.

Probably park a boat in a bay with a raft and hunt for a week or three. Whack as many as I can so taking everything from a 223wssm to a 375.

Seems like a fair bit of the interior guys are carrying 308's. Figure a 6mm would be ideal.
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