6.5x284 for Mountain goat?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by MTDOGGER, Jul 10, 2012.


    MTDOGGER <strong>SPONSOR</strong>

    Feb 9, 2011
    I was lucky enough to draw a goat tag this year and my new 6.5x284 just got finished as well, I had it made for a light weight pack gun but now Im wondering if I will be a little undergunned for the hunt. I have some heavier guns but that's just it there heavy and I am trying to keep the weight down since ill be backpacking in at high elevations. My question is should I look for another rifle with a little more nock down power or go with what I got? This is kind of a once in a lifetime tag and the last thing I want to do is have a goat jump over a cliff and get all broke up, I no that it could probably happen with any caliber but I would sleep better at night knowing that it is either A plenty of gun or B I need to look for another. This is my first goat hunt so any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. KurtB

    KurtB Well-Known Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    I waited 13 years for a goat tag in Colorado and happily took my lightweight 6.5-06 shooting 140 bergers. At 220 or so yards, I aimed for shoulder and goat dropped without even kicking. My son shot one with a 25-06 and a 115 CT that did not get out of its bed. I'd shoot shoulders and carry the 6.5-284.

  3. Cruizin

    Cruizin Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    That sounds like a perfect caliber for mtn goats. A 243 would probably do the job as well. Those guys are pretty small.
  4. Tyler Kemp

    Tyler Kemp SPONSOR

    Aug 10, 2006
    6.5x284 should be just fine.
  5. Outlaw6.0

    Outlaw6.0 Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    I concur with everyone else, the 6.5x 284 should be a perfect match for your terrain & intended quarry. This is not a caliber to lose sleep about :cool:
  6. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2008

    Are Colorado goats smaller than B.C goats? The ones Ive seen weigh betweem 225-250lbs. I guess thats about the size of a whitetale though. :)

    If its not in thick bear country, I think It would be a perfect goat gun.
  7. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    Bullet placement is a whole lot more important than anything esle and on such a hunt where you'll be doing at least as much mountain climbing as hunting lighter certainly is a major consideration.

    As for the caliber itself it's more than adequate even at long range.

    Spend a lot of time getting ready by practicing on steep angle shots and in the wind if you can as both are likely to be significant factors in your hunt.
  8. cowboy

    cowboy Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2007
    I have taken 2 goats here in Montana and have been on twice that many other goat hunts. A 6.5 X 284 is a perfect goat round in my opinion. Use a quality bullet and put it in the right place and you'll be a happy camper.

    Use a .458 and hit em in the guts and they'll go over the biggest ledge on the mountain.

    Good luck