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Old 06-02-2010, 04:17 AM
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22-250 for deer

My brother is going to hunt deer and possibly antelope with his 22-250........
With all of our other rifles avail. this is his favorite and I can't talk him out of it soooo...
I am looking for a 55gr bullet that is up to the task. I would love to use a 55grTSX
but shooting a 1-14 twist can't go above 50gr.
Give me the what for if you wish, but I need a bullet to do the job, the deer is worth it. I don't usually take this into consideration, but, we are shooting blacktail
deer here so not talking 300 lb whitetails.
If I can't find a 55gr. I will go with 50gr tsx.
Any and all thoughts please...............
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:24 AM
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Re: 22-250 for deer

how about a 30 caliber bullet?
I think it to be foolish to take a 22-250 for deer when he already has larger calibers
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:47 AM
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Re: 22-250 for deer

The 22-250 is a very good deer cartridge. I'd go with a well constructed bullet that'll penetrate a bit before it breaks up - something like a Nosler Partition or one of the solid copper bullets.
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:48 AM
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Re: 22-250 for deer

I have been using a 52gr match bthp from sierra and/or hornady for whitetail, antelope, & mule deer in both Tx & NM. Shots were all under 400, and all animals dropped in their tracks. Using a moderately hot load out of sierra handbook. If I remember right in using win 760 powder. It's worked on 30+ animals

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Old 06-02-2010, 12:29 PM
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Re: 22-250 for deer

I shot my biggest buck yet last year with my 223 and a 50gr varmint grenade. i wasn't planning on doing this but we were going out for yotes and a buck decided to chase a doe right in front of us. safe to say i was a little excited. I got lucky and drop him dead. however i had made up some 60gr nosler partitions specifically for deer hunting and i didn't have them with. ;) well i got lucky but shot placement is critical for small calibers. We found the base of the bullet in and around the spine. I shot a bit high but i was lucky. he was easy over 220 lbs.

i would say that if you are a good enough shot and have patience for the right opportunity the 22-250 could be lots of fun. I look at it like catching a master angler on 6lb test. Lots of fun

most of the time i use my 7mm rem mag
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Old 06-02-2010, 01:01 PM
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Re: 22-250 for deer

I've shoot a truck load of deer with a 22-250 using the cheap bulk Remington soft point in 52gr with a 1-14 twist Rem 788. Works real good in the right ranges!
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Old 06-02-2010, 01:30 PM
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Re: 22-250 for deer

Originally Posted by Hairtrigger View Post
how about a 30 caliber bullet?
I think it to be foolish to take a 22-250 for deer when he already has larger calibers

I told him the very same! But he's gonna take the 250 so want all the bullet we can get.......
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