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Old 04-29-2009, 06:28 AM
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Re: 22-250 for goats

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. . . most all around or under 200yds. . . .
This is about what everyone is saying, not that it just won't kill 'em at all.
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Old 04-30-2009, 06:56 PM
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Re: 22-250 for goats

My question is why are you worried about the yotes. Are you selling the fur?

What state are you hunting antelope in that 22 cal is legal ?
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:33 PM
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Re: 22-250 for goats

I know of probably 2 dozen deer or more and a bunch of Antelope that have been taken with 22-250 and all of them were good clean kills. I would not hesitate to hunt Deer or Antelope with one any time. Just my opinion though!
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:44 PM
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Re: 22-250 for goats

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I am thinking of buying a 22-250 for varmint hunting but was wondering if it is usable for antelope? I was also thinking of a .243 but that would be overkill for coyotes.

Yes and no. An off the shelf 22-250 will work fine for varmints, and also work on deer depending on how far you want to shoot them. If you want a 22-250 to kill goats at distance, you will need to build and shoot heavy bullets. 80 grain smk's do the trick, and I've also seen 90 smk's down a few goats. As stated the 6mm will so better in the wind, but a 22-250 shooting 80's is a different animal than shooting 55 class bullets.
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:20 PM
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Re: 22-250 for goats

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Yes and no. An off the shelf 22-250 will work fine for varmints, and also work on deer depending on how far you want to shoot them. If you want a 22-250 to kill goats at distance, you will need to build and shoot heavy bullets. 80 grain smk's do the trick, and I've also seen 90 smk's down a few goats. As stated the 6mm will so better in the wind, but a 22-250 shooting 80's is a different animal than shooting 55 class bullets.
Would the larger grain bullets work in a factory twist?
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Re: 22-250 for goats

Not in the ones I've owned in the past. I don't know if anyone makes a fast twist off the shelf. Someone else might be able to help.
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Re: 22-250 for goats

Savage offers the 22-250 in 1-9 twist and it looks like somewhere around a 70gr bullet would work.
When I get my current project done I'm going to rebarrell my 788 to a 22-250AI with a 1-8 or 1-9 twist for shooting deer and smaller stuff under 500yds.
The bullet I would think is the determining factor. I killed a literal truck load of whitetail does between 350 and 450 yards but I used my coyote loads to get good bullet action, four died with one shot behind the shoulder with 52gr vmax, lungs where mush they just did a 20-30yd sprint and tipped.
Antalope are not hugely larger than a coyote and I don't think there as tough as a coyote, you can shoot them and just get a clean pass though if you don't shoot a bullet that will open.
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