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Who's planning on using a 22 cal?

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Unread 03-12-2013, 03:07 PM
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Re: Who's planning on using a 22 cal?

Originally Posted by nonnieselman View Post
How would you guys compare an Antelope to a Southern White tail?

Just wondering..
Ive never seen an antelope up close for myself.

Ive been whitetail hunting for a couple years now with a .223 and it works great with 75gr PPU match and 77gr SMK bullets that i reload.
I use those on Hogs also with really good luck.

So if those critters are the same size, yea id use a .223 or 22-250
i believe an adult buck might go a little over 100 lbs (maybe 120?). I have never weighed one but they are fairly small.
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Unread 03-12-2013, 03:11 PM
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Re: Who's planning on using a 22 cal?

That's about right. A female adult will weigh about 80#-100# and an adult male will go about 100#-125#. Even as small as they are they can take some shooting if the proper bullet isn't placed in the right spot.
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Unread 03-16-2013, 04:22 PM
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Re: Who's planning on using a 22 cal?

Please calm down.

Len Backus

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Unread 05-01-2013, 10:09 PM
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Re: Who's planning on using a 22 cal?

Ive shoot a few antelope and mule deer doe with a 22-250 shooting 60 grain nosler partitions and i have never had any trouble. Always kept things short 250 yards or less and heart lung shot them. I wouldnt be afraid to do it again.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 10:59 PM
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Re: Who's planning on using a 22 cal?

I once took one with a 220 Swift and a Barnes something @ 200 yards, the first shot put it in shock on it's feet and the second shot tipped it right over. Didn't run an inch. The meat was great. At longer ranges, the bullet will get pushed around and drop more than I'd like but a little closer in, it seems to work great.
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Unread 05-02-2013, 06:19 AM
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Re: Who's planning on using a 22 cal?

My first thought was great I could use the Colt HBAR, 9 twist 223,223ai or the 8 twist 22-250After thinking about it the 7mag will probably ge the call again this year. Its got a great track record and lighter than any suitable 22cal that I have.
Now if that little CZ 527 American had a 9 trist barrel on it ? Always nice to have the freedon to chose wisely though!!!!
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." -Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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Unread 05-31-2013, 09:44 PM
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Re: Who's planning on using a 22 cal?

I have shot any of antelope here in Idaho with a 220 swift and a Nosler 55 gr ballistic tip stuffed on top of enough powder to go 3950. On a running Pronghorn at 250 yds one was shot right through the non vitals. A poor shot that should of been passed by all the judges. The Pronghorn went down so fast that it was gone in the blink of an eye. When we walked up to it the entry hole was blood shoot so bad the meat for a foot around it was destroyed and the exit hole was over 8 inches in diameter. My experience had to be the same experience that Roy Weatherby made when he made his famous quote. "I do not care what anyone says,,velocity kills". On this same trip many antelope were harvested and brought back to camp by calibers from 277 to 308. None did the terminal damage that the 220 swift did.
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