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Unread 01-27-2011, 05:35 PM
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Re: 22-250 for goats

Walker1: The 22-250 Remington is an excellent Antelope killer - I know - I done it!
If you want a dual purpose Rifle in a great and accurate caliber then the 22-250 should be considered.
But as far as I know the only state where the 22-250 Remington is legal for Hunting Antelope (Big Game) is here in Montana.
There are NO caliber restrictions here in Montana - you run what you brung - here!
IF someone has shot at an Antelope with a 22-250 and hit it and then not recovered it then said Hunter simply made a bad shot!
Bad shots can be made with ANY caliber Rifle/pistol!
Some of THE most instantaneous and impressive kills I have seen on Antelope were made with 223's, 22-250's and 220 Swifts!
Never, underestimate the lethailty of a well placed (heart/lungs area!) shot from a 22 centerfire on medium sized game!
They are deadly!
Having said these things the last 5 Antelope I have harvested were taken with either a 270 Winchester Sendero Model 700, a Ruger V/T in 25/06 Remington or a Remington 700 VLS in 260 Remington.
Best of luck if you decide to go for the 22-250 Antelope/Coyote Rifle.
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Unread 01-28-2011, 06:09 PM
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Re: 22-250 for goats

Originally Posted by grit View Post
Seems a bit funny to worry a 243 is too much for coyotes and not worry the 22-250 is too small for antelope.

Both will do both jobs well. The 6mm will offer a significant advantage in wind drift and energy in factory guns. Most 22-250's are a 1 in 14 twist which would radically limit the usefulness of the 22 for big game.

I think if you really want a multi purpose tool the 243 is a hands down winner in this case. If you really want a 22-250, it'll darn sure kill antelope and deer too. Just be aware of its limits.
grit - perfect.
walker - do you reload? what rifle are you considering?
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Unread 01-28-2011, 08:35 PM
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Re: 22-250 for goats

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My suggestion for hammering turbo goats with a .22-250 Rem would be to; re-barrel to a 1-7 or 1-6.5 twist and using bullets from guys like Robert at North West Custom Projectile in a bonded 85gr to 90gr. What I did was to, re-barrel to a 1-7 twist 28” inch chambering to a .22-250 Ackley Improved; works great, good range, very, very accurate. But in the end I could’ve just used a .243 caliber with the same bullet weights’…, duh! I have used .22 caliber 60gr Nosler Partition bullet on deer size game from the standard .22-250 Rem and found them to work very well {Idaho} from 1-10 and 1-12 barrels. The Nosler Par 60gr bullets do not like the 1-14 twist at all. This bullet {60gr Par} or one of the heavier Barnes TSX BT 62gr’ers in .22 cal bullets would be my pick for turbo goats out of a standard .22-250’s using the 1-10 or 1-12 twist.
With a 14 twist and most 50-55 grainers you are looking for trouble, I've shot plenty of deer with it and it is less than ideal. For a long range goat combo I would rather throw a rock. Between the wind and shoulder both will ruin your day.
I have watched several goat dropped with a 223 WSSM and as stated above it was running a fast twist and 90 grain matchkings. This brings the .22 to a whole new level.
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Unread 01-28-2011, 08:42 PM
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Re: 22-250 for goats

I ended up getting a 22-250. I use the heck out of it coyote hunting. Killed one a couple of weeks ago at 413yrds. I have yet to hunt antelope and I figured I would just use my 7mm. Or it give me an excuss to buy another rifle. I ended up buying the Ruger Predator and I do my own reloads.
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Unread 01-29-2011, 04:29 PM
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Re: 22-250 for goats

I think it would be just fine, just make sure to use the correct bullet, don't use a varmint bullet.
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Unread 02-01-2011, 12:20 PM
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Re: 22-250 for goats

i would go with the 243 it is what i use, I do my own hand loading so my rifle is a little more versatile, i shoot a 52gr hornady vmax for coyotes, if i want to save the fur i shoot a 90 gr fmj and if i am deer or antelope hunting i shoot a 95 gr nbt. the 22-250 would be a ok rifle for antelope the farthest i ever shot an antelope at was 400 yards i woud take in to consideration the amount of energy the bullet has at what ever ranges you hunt at there are better rifle calibers out there however you can make a 22-250 work as long as it is legal.
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Unread 02-09-2011, 12:08 PM
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Re: 22-250 for goats

I have hunted in NM 3 of the last 4 years for Antelope.

I have seen
4 taken with a 55gr .223
2 taken with a 55gr 22-250
1 taken with a 32gr .204 (too light but 1 shot kill none the less)
2 taken with a 80gr ttsx .243 (stone dead on impact)
1 taken with a 110gr 25-06
2 taken with a 130gr.270
1 taken with a 160gr 7mm

None of the above complained about whether they were too dead or not.
I am very sold on the .243 on kills to 350 yds.
105 gr You can load it up for long range
80-95gr load it for medium game
53-75gr for varmints
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