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22-250 good for Coyotes??

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Unread 09-01-2013, 01:36 PM
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22-250 good for Coyotes??

I'm thinking of getting a new Ruger American in 22-250 for coyotes here in southern Nevada. The very good reports on Ruger American accuracy are encouraging, as is the price.

That is a good 800 meter round but will it do the job with the correct hunting bullets?

Anyone use this cartridge?


(BTW, I also have a Steyr AUG in 5.56 and a Ruger 96/22 lever gun in .22 WMR., neither are ideal 'yote guns.)
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    Unread 09-01-2013, 10:07 PM
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    Re: 22-250 good for Coyotes??

    The 22-250 is good on coyotes but i wouldn't give it an 880yd round. Maybe 400yds. The reason why I'd only give it only a 400yd rating is because of barrel twist rate and bullet weight. Most factory barrels are a pretty slow twist. Now if you were to get a decent twist rate, 7.5 and stick an 80grn berger in it, you'll give it a little more room to move. The increased bc on the heavy bullet is where it's at.

    I'm only shooting a 50grn nosler BT at 3500fps in a 12 twist. 26" barrel. It does great on fur if that's what your asking, but i definitely wouldn't push it to far. If you want to push it, move up to a 243 and a bigger bullet.

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    Re: 22-250 good for Coyotes??

    It's the wind that'll get ya with the 22-250, on calm days we've shot them out to 800 yards and minute of coyote but it does not take much wind and your SOL, a 243 shines a bit more for long range coyotes.
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    Unread 09-02-2013, 03:29 PM
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    Re: 22-250 good for Coyotes??

    Or run the 90berger at 3100 in a 1/7 22-250. 24.4 moa drop, 6.6 moa windage, 10mph, 1,000yd numbers.

    The 115 @ 3100 in a 1/7.5 243. 24.6 & 6.7 @ 1,000.

    503 vs 633ft/lbs of energy, I wouldn't want to catch either.

    243 certainly is a good round, but the 250 is promising when loaded correctly.
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    Re: 22-250 good for Coyotes??

    Thanks gents,

    Perhaps I should look closer at the 243 Win.

    Currently I have coyote-worthy rifles chambered 5.56, .308 and even .300 Win mag (using match ammo only, to lower damage to pelts).

    243 may be what I am looking for. I'll check my ballistics tables again.

    As for heavier Berger bullets with a higher BC I hear ya. I now have .30 caliber Berger Hybrid Match bullets in 230 gr. for the .30 win mag for long range competition.
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    Re: 22-250 good for Coyotes??

    I think the 22-250 Caliber would do just fine and it's going to reach out further than the smaller Caliber Rifles plus if You go with a 55-60 or heavier bullet it would do fine in moderate wind,Your not going to call or see many Coyotes if the winds a constant 25+ MPH any way!

    I was thinking about getting a Ruger American in the .22-250 also and going with a 55 grain Hornady V-max bullet or heavier?I'm currently using 2 different Rifles and they do just fine at putting down the Coyotes and other Predators with light fur/hide damage.I'm using a CZ model 527 "Varmint" in a .204 using 39 grain Sierra Blitz Kings and a Savage Axis XP Camo .223 with Hornady 55 grain V-max bullets.
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    Re: 22-250 good for Coyotes??

    Thanks GTO,

    I realize the 22-250 has a lot more "OOMPH" than my .223/5.56 and it would mean getting another set of reloading dies but that's no big expense.

    After considering it I feel that the .243 Win. is just too close to my .308 to make it worth while. So 22-250 seems a perfect round for what I have in mind plus some gopher hunting.

    If I want to shoot 'yotes at REALLY long distances or in winds above 10 mph. I can always use Berger 230 gr. Hybrid Match bullets in my .300 Win mag HS Precision competition rifle. That bullet will not expand but will kill them with the shock.
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