Originally Posted by jdouthit
This year we can use .22 caliber rifles for Pronghorns in Wyoming. Must be at least 60 grain bullet and the case has to be at least 2 inches. Here's my question...I could only find Hornady 60 grain Hollow points due to the component crunch. I have a .223 and a .22-250. I am leaning toward my coyote rifle which is the .22-250. I have experience with the Hornady bullet shooting them in my AR for High Power competition and they are very accurate for reduced yardage matches. They are flat based so I think you are limited to 200 yards or under which is no problem. I was wondering about the performance on game though....should I load them up hot where a .22-250 excels or should I load them down to not wreak havoc on the meat? I will only take chests shots but sometimes a fast moving bullet can cause blood shot meat up into the shoulder when the small, fast moving bullet expends all of its energy on impact. Dang, I wish I could find a lead tipped bullet. Another source has told me that these bullets perform well on coyotes...going in and ripping up the insides without any fur damage. Sounds good but does anyone have any experience using these bullets on big game?
I shot several truck loads of white tails using the same bullet in my .220 swifts for many years.
As long as you put it right behind the head in the neck, or right into the heart/lungs without hitting the shoulder they'll kill quite effectively to 400yds.
There are however much better calibers that will give you much more reliable clean kills where bullet placement isn't so critical.
If you are going to take a broadside heart/lung shot wait till the front leg is extended giving you a clear pass on the femur before pulling the trigger. Even better would be a shot angling slightly away where you can then easily lay it in without hitting anything other than rib.
At 200yds or less there is however a risk of it blowing up completely without penetrating to the vitals due to the velocity.
Hornady also makes the 60gr interlock in 22-250 loaded ammo.
Honestly the .223 is probably a better choice due to the lower velocities at 200yds or less.