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Unread 01-03-2005, 02:06 PM
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bobcats

I'm hunting with a model 788 22-250 and im shooting bobcats from 50-300 yards. I'm having trouble not blowing them up. I'm looking for some very accurate loads that will not leave a big hole in the back side. Any info would be great.thanks
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    Unread 01-03-2005, 02:51 PM
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    Re: bobcats

    Ryan;
    Barnes makes a spire pointed solid in both 22 and 6mm that I loved for using on critters that had pelts that I wanted to save. They were very accurate in the 6mm and my rifle. It has been several years since I used them, but Barnes makes both a 45 and 50 grain solid sptizer in 22 cal. You can check them out at: http://www.theextremehunter.com/site/448423/page/315734
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    Re: bobcats

    thanks brassbender. do you know anything about slowing down a smaller ballistic tip? like a 30 grain nosler. i was told the would go in but not come out. what do you think?
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    I'm probably the wrong guy to ask about that because I have never been a fan of downloading for field use - plays too much havoc with trying to figure trajectories - the down loads work fine for the close ranges, but are real mind benders for the 300 yard shots you refer to. The real problem that I have experienced with these loads is being able to develop loads that are consistant - especially in the hot 22's and 6mm's. Just my impression. Like I said, I have never been a fan and therefor never spent a lot of time trying to develop that kind of load. Maybe someone else has had different experiences with it.
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    Ryan,

    Generally accuracy drops off when velocity is dropped much under where a specific cartridge is designed to run at. Other problems such as dirty powder burns because of the low pressure and velocity spread increases are also common.

    In my experience it is much better to go to a heavier stouter bullet to save on pelts. Using a solid is great for pelts but can cause some headaches tracking hit animals if they can get into cover.

    I have used the Hornady 55 and 60 gr SP bullets a great deal and they are a stour bullet for a conventionally built .224" bullet.

    They also are generally very accurate in the 3300 to 3400 fps level which is slightly reduced but still up in good working pressures.

    Give them a try and see how they work for you.

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    Re: bobcats

    Try the little 35gr bullets for the bobcats they will have less energy.
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    Re: bobcats

    I have a few ideas that might help you. I was looking for the same thing only on Red fox and here is what I have tried and it works most of the time. 1. You could get the 30 grain Berger MEF drive them fast and these will blow up inside and should not exit. 2. You could shoot a Sierra 52 MatchKing at around 3500 to 3600 or the Sierra 55 Gamkeking I have had good luck with these out of my 220 Swift. 3. You could go with a Barnes 50 grain X bullet or a barnes solid. If you are calling them you might want to try shoot them through the chest because then your bullet has a couple of feet to go through and most of the time will not exit. Hope this helps.
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