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22-250, Good Game!

Hi,

i was just wondering about the 22-250's, What Would be good game for them i dont wanna buy a that is not good for what im shooting,

i shoot game like: Boars, Goat, Deer, Wild Dogs and i was just wondering if the 22-250 would be a good caliber for that sort of game.

If you have an information on a 22-250 please post a reply,

Cheers, Bradhunts!

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Before you decide on going

Before you decide on going out and hunting game animals with a .22-250 you need to find out if it is legal to do it.  Check with you fish and game department and see what the minimum caliber is required.  Here in Colorado and a lot of other western states you need a minimum .24 caliber rifle for anything besides a varmits such as coyotes and small game. 

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If it was legal

Here in my state I use it for varmit and coyotes, but even then I rarely ever shoot those anymore.  If it were legally large enough in my state I'd use it for Pronghorn.

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yeh, im in australia and i

yeh, im in australia and i dont think their is a legal caliber for game in my state nsw, but all i wanna no is would you guys take a 22-250 out hunting for that sort of game

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legal

bradhunts 38 wrote:

yeh, im in australia and i dont think their is a legal caliber for game in my state nsw, but all i wanna no is would you guys take a 22-250 out hunting for that sort of game

Since neither of us can use it for biggame legally where we live, it come down to two reasons to use it for: 

1. Varmit shooting

2. Target shooting.

So basically my .22-250 has been relinquished to a target rifle these days and that's mostly what I shoot it for now.  The caliber is pretty good for biggame upto about 120 lbs where legal.  I'd use it on game like the size of an average pronghorn or smaller whitetail deer if it were legal, but wouldn't use it much beyond that. 

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Depending on the size of the

Depending on the size of the animal that you are hunting I would limit myself to ones that are 100 pounds or less for a humane kill. 

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Ditto

I agree with Critter. The bullets available for a .22/250 are very small and pretty light. On anything larger than 100 pounds or so, you are very likely to get a surface wound that maims rather than kills.

 I have a friend who uses one for whitetails, but he is very careful to only take standing shots and he either shoots for where the head joins the neck or a shot in the ribcage.

Generally speaking, that caliber is better suited for coyote (dingo) sized game and smaller.

 

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