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Max effective range for .22-250

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Unread 10-25-2009, 05:43 PM
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Max effective range for .22-250

What would be the max effective range for a .22-250 shoting 45 grain hollow points and still having ethical kills? I know I could shoot farther with heavier bullets but my gun just seems to like the 45's. Thanks for any input.
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    Re: Max effective range for .22-250

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    What would be the max effective range for a .22-250 shoting 45 grain hollow points and still having ethical kills? I know I could shoot farther with heavier bullets but my gun just seems to like the 45's. Thanks for any input.
    I assume you're shooting at varmints like groundhogs and/or coyotes.

    Although the maxx effective range might be farther, the little 45 grain bullet would probably only be accurate to 400. I have a 223 that shoots 55grain bullets just fine at 400. At 600 accuracy comes apart.
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    Re: Max effective range for .22-250

    Sorry, I guess I should have mentioned that I would be shooting coyotes and fox (I thought since I was posting in the coyote hunting forum it would be self expanitory). Thanks for the information, I appreciate it.
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    Unread 10-28-2009, 06:41 AM
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    Re: Max effective range for .22-250

    308, i use a 22-250 a lot for coyotes & bobcat , and it works great, as for range, i rarely shoot over 200-250 yards, but have made a few kills out to 500+ yards, , its not how far your gun will shoot its how far you can shoot and make a kill shot,most guys dont talk about their misses at long range or up close.shoot to kill . what ever the range.
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    Unread 10-28-2009, 04:32 PM
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    Re: Max effective range for .22-250

    I am shooting Privi 55 grain SP's and Winchester Super X 64 grain PP's. Within 200 yards they both have about the same point of impact and aim is pretty much direct aiming on the target with no compensation. Beyond that, compensation for elevation and windage becomes a lot more important.

    I am shooting a Savage Model 12 Varmint Low Profile 22-250 with a 1 in 9 inch twist barrel. Having a good handle on range and the bullet ballistic profile will help get you on target much easier. At first I had a difficult time hitting targets at 400 yards. It is tough to see where the bullets hit. A spotter will help with a good spotting scope. With a 200 yard zero I read up and determined from the online ballistic data that bullet drop from 200 yards to 400 yards was approximately 16 to 18 inches. Estimating and appling this much hold over yeilded a hit with each shot. A tactic "zero stop" adjustment scope can help make this task much easier and more consistent.

    I agree with the above effective ranges. If your rifle barrel can stabilize a longer/heavier bullet, the effective range can be greately increased.
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    What twist is your barrel ? You stated that your gun likes the 45 s best,but will your gun shoot 50 to 55 gr.bullets to or sub m.o.a. ?
    The reason I ask is because I have heard reports of some blowups on coyotes with lighter 40 to 45 gr bullets. Also they are much more prone to wind drift too.
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    Re: Max effective range for .22-250

    If you want to shoot a high power 22 at long range, here's an article that will tell you how....

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