22-250 good for Coyotes??

Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by Litehiker, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking of getting a new Ruger American in 22-250 for coyotes here in southern Nevada. The very good reports on Ruger American accuracy are encouraging, as is the price.

    That is a good 800 meter round but will it do the job with the correct hunting bullets?

    Anyone use this cartridge?


    (BTW, I also have a Steyr AUG in 5.56 and a Ruger 96/22 lever gun in .22 WMR., neither are ideal 'yote guns.)
     
  2. xdeano

    xdeano Well-Known Member

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    The 22-250 is good on coyotes but i wouldn't give it an 880yd round. Maybe 400yds. The reason why I'd only give it only a 400yd rating is because of barrel twist rate and bullet weight. Most factory barrels are a pretty slow twist. Now if you were to get a decent twist rate, 7.5 and stick an 80grn berger in it, you'll give it a little more room to move. The increased bc on the heavy bullet is where it's at.

    I'm only shooting a 50grn nosler BT at 3500fps in a 12 twist. 26" barrel. It does great on fur if that's what your asking, but i definitely wouldn't push it to far. If you want to push it, move up to a 243 and a bigger bullet.

    xdeano
     

  3. bigngreen

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    It's the wind that'll get ya with the 22-250, on calm days we've shot them out to 800 yards and minute of coyote but it does not take much wind and your SOL, a 243 shines a bit more for long range coyotes.
     
  4. calling4life

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    Or run the 90berger at 3100 in a 1/7 22-250. 24.4 moa drop, 6.6 moa windage, 10mph, 1,000yd numbers.

    The 115 @ 3100 in a 1/7.5 243. 24.6 & 6.7 @ 1,000.

    503 vs 633ft/lbs of energy, I wouldn't want to catch either.

    243 certainly is a good round, but the 250 is promising when loaded correctly.
     
  5. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    Thanks gents,

    Perhaps I should look closer at the 243 Win.

    Currently I have coyote-worthy rifles chambered 5.56, .308 and even .300 Win mag (using match ammo only, to lower damage to pelts).

    243 may be what I am looking for. I'll check my ballistics tables again.

    As for heavier Berger bullets with a higher BC I hear ya. I now have .30 caliber Berger Hybrid Match bullets in 230 gr. for the .30 win mag for long range competition.
     
  6. GTOHunter

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    I think the 22-250 Caliber would do just fine and it's going to reach out further than the smaller Caliber Rifles plus if You go with a 55-60 or heavier bullet it would do fine in moderate wind,Your not going to call or see many Coyotes if the winds a constant 25+ MPH any way! :D

    I was thinking about getting a Ruger American in the .22-250 also and going with a 55 grain Hornady V-max bullet or heavier?I'm currently using 2 different Rifles and they do just fine at putting down the Coyotes and other Predators with light fur/hide damage.I'm using a CZ model 527 "Varmint" in a .204 using 39 grain Sierra Blitz Kings and a Savage Axis XP Camo .223 with Hornady 55 grain V-max bullets.
     
  7. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    Thanks GTO,

    I realize the 22-250 has a lot more "OOMPH" than my .223/5.56 and it would mean getting another set of reloading dies but that's no big expense.

    After considering it I feel that the .243 Win. is just too close to my .308 to make it worth while. So 22-250 seems a perfect round for what I have in mind plus some gopher hunting.

    If I want to shoot 'yotes at REALLY long distances or in winds above 10 mph. I can always use Berger 230 gr. Hybrid Match bullets in my .300 Win mag HS Precision competition rifle. That bullet will not expand but will kill them with the shock.
     
  8. window licker

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    If your running a 105 hybrid out of your .243 @ 3150 your .308 is nowhere near the .243 ballistically, run the numbers.
     
  9. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    That's true about the high BC .243 pills, they have better trajectory than a .308. But as I posted, a 22-250 will do me for out to 400 meters/yards. If I can't call them any closer I better quit for the day.

    I even have a little PS90 carbine with Five Seven ammo (40 gr. A-Max bulletsthat would work out to 200 meters. But with thered dot sight I have on it I wouldn't try that at over 100 meters.

    And that 230 gr. Berger Tac. Hybrid in my .300 Win mag would pass right thru. Need to make that a head shot for a good pelt. The Bushnell ERS 3.5 - 21 scope W/H 59 reticle on that rifle is great for fast follow-up on misses - IF the 'yote hangs around. No need for turret cranking with that reticle.
     
  10. window licker

    window licker Well-Known Member

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    yeah.
     
  11. zcrackshot

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    I run 53 gr vmaxs at 3850 with a stiff charge of cfe 223 in my 12 twist 22-250. It does great on dogs out to 700 yards. At 500 yards it's only drifting 18 inches in a 10mph wind and drops 24" from a 100 yard zero. The 0.29 BC makes this bullet a great choice IMO. Pelt damage is minimal as they come apart on entry. I've shot dogs at 70 yards with this same load and it never exits.
     
  12. Catahoula

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    I think the 22-250 is the ultimate coyote rifle. My custom 22-250 sports a 28 " Shilen and with CFE223 powder that long barrel will push a 52 Amax at 4200 fps. Longest coyote kill so far is a little over 600 yards. Great fur bullet as well. For 22-24" barrels load the Speer 52 HP (not the match bullet, the one with the big HP) and use 34 grains of H4895. 99% of your coyotes will look like they died of old age.For that bullet to work well you have to keep velocities around 3400-3500 fps. If you want bigger go to the 25-06 or even better the 25-06 Ackley Improved and shoot the Sierra 100 MK.
    I will probably have some hunters disagree with these remarks but this comes from about 800 coyotes killed with a mouth call.
    I just got my latest custom rifle back from my gunsmith. It is a 240 Weatherby with a 27" Brux. Shoots the 90 Accubond at 3450 fps and they make a ragged hole at 100 yards. I put a Viper 6x24 first focal plane scope on it. I am leaving for Montana in a few hours to hunt whitetails with my daughter in the Bozeman area.
    Good luck on your coyote rifle.
    Kirk
     
  13. window licker

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    4200 with a 52 grain bullet out of a 22-250??? That is more than i could get out of my 22-243 middlestead with a 27" barrel, whats the trick?
     
  14. zcrackshot

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    The only thing I can think right now is that not all chronographs are created equal? I've blown a few primers clean out of the back of 22-250 brass and left the primer pocket big enough that I could insert my pinky finger in them and have never before witnessed any speeds near what some claim with their 22-250's. I've pushed 36 grain Barnes bullets to the 4400 fps mark before but I only have a 26" tube. Maybe a couple extra inches will get me that extra 300+ fps that I'm looking for?