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6.5x284 for Mountain goat?

I was lucky enough to draw a goat tag this year and my new 6.5x284 just got finished as well, I had it made for a light weight pack gun but now Im wondering if I will be a little undergunned for the hunt. I have some heavier guns but that's just it there heavy and I am trying to keep the weight down since ill be backpacking in at high elevations. My question is should I look for another rifle with a little more nock down power or go with what I got? This is kind of a once in a lifetime tag and the last thing I want to do is have a goat jump over a cliff and get all broke up, I no that it could probably happen with any caliber but I would sleep better at night knowing that it is either A plenty of gun or B I need to look for another. This is my first goat hunt so any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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    Re: 6.5x284 for Mountain goat?

    I waited 13 years for a goat tag in Colorado and happily took my lightweight 6.5-06 shooting 140 bergers. At 220 or so yards, I aimed for shoulder and goat dropped without even kicking. My son shot one with a 25-06 and a 115 CT that did not get out of its bed. I'd shoot shoulders and carry the 6.5-284.
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    Re: 6.5x284 for Mountain goat?

    That sounds like a perfect caliber for mtn goats. A 243 would probably do the job as well. Those guys are pretty small.
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    Re: 6.5x284 for Mountain goat?

    6.5x284 should be just fine.
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    Re: 6.5x284 for Mountain goat?

    I concur with everyone else, the 6.5x 284 should be a perfect match for your terrain & intended quarry. This is not a caliber to lose sleep about
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    Re: 6.5x284 for Mountain goat?

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    That sounds like a perfect caliber for mtn goats. A 243 would probably do the job as well. Those guys are pretty small.

    Are Colorado goats smaller than B.C goats? The ones Ive seen weigh betweem 225-250lbs. I guess thats about the size of a whitetale though.

    If its not in thick bear country, I think It would be a perfect goat gun.
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    Re: 6.5x284 for Mountain goat?

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    I was lucky enough to draw a goat tag this year and my new 6.5x284 just got finished as well, I had it made for a light weight pack gun but now Im wondering if I will be a little undergunned for the hunt. I have some heavier guns but that's just it there heavy and I am trying to keep the weight down since ill be backpacking in at high elevations. My question is should I look for another rifle with a little more nock down power or go with what I got? This is kind of a once in a lifetime tag and the last thing I want to do is have a goat jump over a cliff and get all broke up, I no that it could probably happen with any caliber but I would sleep better at night knowing that it is either A plenty of gun or B I need to look for another. This is my first goat hunt so any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    Bullet placement is a whole lot more important than anything esle and on such a hunt where you'll be doing at least as much mountain climbing as hunting lighter certainly is a major consideration.

    As for the caliber itself it's more than adequate even at long range.

    Spend a lot of time getting ready by practicing on steep angle shots and in the wind if you can as both are likely to be significant factors in your hunt.
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