I would have no hesitation shooting a wolf with my 204. But I haven’t had a chance go shoot one. Seems the situation is never right when I do see them.have you been able to pop a wolf with the 55 gr in the Swift? I would guess out to 200-400 yards it would be lights out. 3 to 4 years ago here along the Front a rancher had a broadside shot at a female wolf (keep in mind she was probably 60-70 #'s) he was shooting factory 32 grain bullet in a .204ruger, 403 yards, ka-POW, she dropped dead, shot thru the chest. So that Swift would do that or better.
Amen to that,I'd have no problem capping one with my tikka T1x 22 ,if conditions were right. Good luck hope to see you posting a pic with one at some point.I would have no hesitation shooting a wolf with my 204. But I haven’t had a chance go shoot one. Seems the situation is never right when I do see them.
Impressive, all with 204 ruger? Farthest shot? Any get away from less than perfect placement?!Thank you for all your advice.I’m lucky to live overlooking a river valley and always have a bait going to shoot them off of. Plus I call some. Plus I snare a bunch. Plus a bunch are shot as a guy is going around the country side. Won’t be that many this year, work is too busy. The kids have shot a few off the bait at home though.View attachment 226294
I have shot 19 since spring (13 of them this fall) and not one got away with the 39 grain SBK in a 204......... a friend shot a lion with same load, ka-Pow..........farthest shot for me was 401 yards, then 369 yards, both DRT. As soon as I get rings I am putting 6x24-50mm on mine to squeeze all the accuracy I can. Had a running one at 353 yards shot behind diaphragm broadside and he was DRT.......seems like there is enough shock transfer to kill them instantly even on gut shots
How did the fox do? after the hit?Shot a fox this morning with the 24 grain NTX, 289 yards, bullet went in at bttom of the chest, breaking both front legs, not really a test as I did not get it into the body well enough to do justice. Supposedly this load is going around 4400 fps......but I have not chronographed it. this is just something I am playing with for 1st shot calling, or on fox. stand by is the 39 grain SBK for me.