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Max effective range for .22-250

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Unread 11-01-2009, 09:15 PM
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Re: Max effective range for .22-250

The effective range of a 22-250 depends on the shooter and not the gun, if you are just shooting coyote's then I would sight in for three hundred yards as MPBR, not the 200 yds that someone else suggested, your bullet drop at 400 should be around to 12.4 at 500yds it would be 37.8 inches, at 100 yds you will be 3.1 inches high and at 200yds you will be 4.2 inches high, you must handload but you did not say that you do shooting a heavier bullet would increase your effective range on coyotes, also there would be less wind drift with a heavier bullet, also a Timmey or Canjar trigger would help out alot that is what I have on my Remington 22-250 and a BSA 6x24x50 scope, shoot under a dime at 100 yad five shot group using a 50 grain bullet, " The better you can see the better you can shoot", with that scope I have shot groups under 2 inches at 400yds
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Unread 12-09-2013, 05:27 PM
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Re: Max effective range for .22-250

Looking at Remington Arms bullet ballistics on there hollow point . It has no data over 200 yards. Your best bet for the 22-250 is to go with a Hornady V-Max . it does an awesome job without a lot of pelt damage. And still be deadly way beyond 200 yards.Try and stay away from the lighter bullets.
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Unread 12-09-2013, 09:19 PM
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Re: Max effective range for .22-250

Hey 308,
Go hunting and learn on your own. I would not listen to the "wanna-be-mighty-coyote-hunters" on this site. In about 27 years I have put down 700-1000 coyotes by hunting, trapping, snaring and calling. Last time I posted advice here I got ran into the ground. Go do your thing and don't let anyone tell you that you are right or wrong. What works for you may not work for me and visa-versa.
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Unread 12-09-2013, 11:59 PM
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Re: Max effective range for .22-250

I would never sight in a gun for more than 3/4ths anticipated target size. This means that for an ~6" maximum target size for a broadside coyote, sight in the rig for a conservative MPBR of 2.3-2.5" above line of sight. If you try the liberal MPBR sight in system where you're trying to stretch PBR to the absolute maximum you're PROBABLY gonna shoot over some coyotes, and when that means 1 coyote called or encountered in a full day of 5 degrees coyote hunting that's a big price to pay (it has been for me at least).

If you're shooting a 9-10" twist 22 barrel i'd suggest the 65 Sierra GK. I think that bullet is the best for all around coyote hunting--short to long...er ranges.

I used the 40-45's for a number of years and liked them for their fur-friendliness (relatively speaking), but since i'm not killing 40-70/season as in days gone by, i shoot whatever works best to long range and just sew when i need to.
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Unread 12-14-2013, 08:14 AM
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Re: Max effective range for .22-250

I've used my 22-250 for a lot things including deer. The longest shot I have ever made with it on game was 494yds. The 50gr bullet dropped the deer in its tracks. It was quartering to me and I placed the shot through the neck. I would use the 22-250 for coyotes at any range I could place a hit. The round is way to light for long range deer hunting. The only reason I did what I did is because somebody said I could never make the shot. WRONG THING TO SAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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