.224 legitimate deer hunting round?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by eddybo, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. eddybo

    eddybo Well-Known Member

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    I know tons of whitetails have been downed with .22s and I am not saying that a .223 with a 55gr pill isnt sufficient and am not going to argue it with anyone.
    I just want to know whether a 70gr barnes triple shock at 22/250 or 22/243 velocities will be a good whitetail rifle for ranges out to say 400 yards. What about 90gr bergers? Would I get a pass through if I double lung em with these bullets at these ranges?
    So basically is a .22/6.5x47 shooting the above bullets going to be a decent critter getter for the wife? BTW she is a good shot and isnt going to take a marginal shot.
     
  2. malcarjeb

    malcarjeb Well-Known Member

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    I have a .223 wssm that I use with 90gr SMKs and have killed 7 deer with this year and all were past throughs except one. All were pretty much dead right there. 2 deer were at 300 yards and the bullet penetrated both shoulders and left a 1-1/2" exit on both deer.

    I also load my other .223 wssm with a 53 Barnes TSX and have shot several deer between 300 and 400 yards with past throughs.

    On average the 90 SMK seems to always leave a bigger exit hole and a lot more blood to trail if needed. I have been very impressed with its ablity and performace at long ranges.
     

  3. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    What your not willing to give up the 243 Ackley? or she wants somthing lighter?

    You should have figured that eventualy you were gonna have to build her a gun , I was talking about making another tip to Indipendance and the wife asked how i ever got a "girl frined" way up their. A guy can't spend a pile of money , time away from home with nothing to show for it and not get accused of having a girl frined. :rolleyes:
     
  4. mikebob

    mikebob Well-Known Member

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    I have dropped dear at 450, 490, and the longest of 612 with the 80gr berger out of my 22-243. I have since switch to the 90gr berger and took one at 65 yards but haven't come across a need for long shot yet.
     
  5. James Jones

    James Jones Well-Known Member

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    I have killed deer with the 52gr Tripple shock out of a 22-250Ai at around 3900fps , killed pretty quick , deer went 40 yds or so , double lung hit bullet exited leaving a quarter sized hole. I have also shot them with the 75gr A-max and it worked well , I'd avoid shooting any dense meat or bone like a shoulder or Ham shot with it as they expand REAY fast. I talked to Kevin Rayhill about a 22-243 Ai a good while back and he has killed deer with his and 80gr SMK's out past 600yds.

    If you have to order a barrel anyway then I personaly would do a .243 cal and shoot the 90-95gr Ballisitc tips out of it , runing them out of a 6x47 , 243 speed your would get good performance.

    But if you have a 22 cal barrel thats just needing a new home I woulden't hesitate to shoot deer with a 22 cal at those speeds with good bullets.
     
  6. eddybo

    eddybo Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info I knew someone here had a definative answer.

    James, I aint building nothing for my wife....building them for me....but am willing to share......except the 243AI:) I had access to a stiller predator and a hankering for another .22 so I decided it may as well be a wildcat. I have had such good luck with the 6.5x47 case that I decided to go that way. The reamer is in, the action is there, the sendero contour 22 hart 8 twist has arrived as has the jewels trigger and the bottom metal........just waiting on one of those canadian stocks and it is in the mail:)
    The wife loves her .280BAR but it is a little much gun for her. The 243Ai would be perfect if I would share......but I am sure I wouldnt get it back. The nephews have dibbs on the 243AI and I am really impressed with thier ability to shoot it. I was beginning to think I was becoming a better shooter...then I figured out it was all the gun:mad: Everyone who shoots it shoots better than thier ability with that little throw together jewel.

    Luckily my wife enjoys don and sandras company as much as I do.
     
  7. Adam Lee

    Adam Lee Well-Known Member

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    that 243AI of yours is bad to the bone!!!!!!!