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is a 22-250 good enough

looks like i have decided to move to new mexico not sure what town yet buy Roswell is liiking good also Grants. the only rifle i have now is a .50 muzzle loader and a 22-250 i say the muzzle loader is good for 100-126 yards the 22-250 lots more yardage. but is the 22-250 little small for antalope  or deer say out to 300 yards.  or do you recomend a difrient caliber ? my 22-250 is a H&R so i can change callibers  if needed. i have done very little hunting where i have lived. public land is pretty hard  to come by.and heavely preasured  and draw hunts. i look forward to your coments.

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Wlcome to the site.  The

Wlcome to the site.  The 22-250 will work fine for the antelope but is getting a little bit on the small size for deer and larger game.  That is unless you know you limitations as far as shooting it and only take a broadside shot on the deer.  You may want to go to the New Mexico Game and Fish web site and download their hunting book. 

http://wildlife.state.nm.us/publications/index.htm

 

It will answer a lot of your questions. 

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thank you for your help. i

thank you for your help. i been thinking some about a 25-06. the link is what i need to look at thanks again

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The 25-06 is a fine cartrige

The 25-06 is a fine cartrige for both deer and antelope and with the right bullet combination it will work on an elk also. 

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thanks again sounds like

thanks again sounds like 25-06 is a good round  to think about along with a .260

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Don't limit yourself with a

Don't limit yourself with a barely legal caliber, either for deer or antelope.  That is unless you're willing to pass on shots that would be easy with a larger caliber (longer distance, less than perfect body angle, etc).  I like the .260 over the .25-06 because of bullet weights (140 gr over typically 115 gr) & wouldn't hesitate to use it on elk at typical ranges.  In terms of cartridge availablity, the 25-06  is very popular while unfortunately the 260 is struggling to make any headway in the hunting market.  Too bad as it's a great cartridge. In this class of calibers, take a look at the 7-08 also.  You can't go wrong with any of those.

Don't give up on the .50 cal smoke pole.  Sneeking up to 125 yards on either an antelope or deer will put the hunt in hunting & leave you grinning like a little kid again.

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Don't limit yourself with a

I agree Hal, and in recent years have become a fan of the 7mm-08 myself, thinking it a good suggestion.

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thanks for all your help . i

thanks for all your help . i bought the 22-250 for a plinker and to try out on varmints and some predators.

some of the calibers out  there i need to look them up. some i have no idea what they do. lol

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You could always pick the

You could always pick the trusted .270win.  Ammo should be easier to find if you don't reload.  Plent enough for anything you may hunt in New Mexico.  Good luck and good hunting. 

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That's a good thing about the

That's a good thing about the ammo that  you are going to shoot.  If you live in an area that you pretty much have to do mail orders for supplies unless you want to drive a couple hundred miles you might want to look into the rounds that you can buy locally that is unless you reload.  .270 Whinchester and the good old .30-06 are two of them that you can find just about anywhere anytime.

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I think I would upgrade a

I think I would upgrade a bit....maybe to a 25.06 or .270, both would be great for goats and deer.  I always thinik back to hunting in WY with all the wind.  Nice to have a bit heavier bullet as not to get to much bullet drift due to the wind.

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