Originally Posted by ExpressMagnum
The TC I like comes with a 1;12twist is that good for long range shots, and how far. If u were to get it would u want a 223 or 22-250 to hunt with ?
I like both rounds. I use a .223 for coyotes, bobcats, etc. I don't take shots at such small critters much at any ranges exceeding 300 yds, just to be more sure of a humane shot.
I have blasted crows out to 600 yds with a .22-250, but they are thin skinned and I was just showing off for a bet. As said, I would be reluctant to pick the .22-250 for a big cat because of the limits of the twist rate requiring lighter bullets to be used. They will reach out there just fine, but performance on game is going to be best kept to small thin skinned critters, like coyotes and smaller. Again, at those ranges I want to be sure of a hit. I CAN make hits but I like the insurance of keeping my shots a bit closer, so I don't have to track down a wounded animal that has a big head start on me. The 1:12 twist isn't going to stabilize bullets heavier than about 62 gr. reliably.
So, it will really depend on your most common prey, and how you hunt. A .243 would give you an option to use light bullets for thin skinned animals and still give you some punch at range with some of the heavier offerings. A .308 would be overkill for 'yotes and bobcats, but if going for dangerous game I would look to something like a .308 if you are going to be taking long shots, or something fast, and handy with some punch like an SKS or a AK, or a .30-30, .35 Rem if you are getting in close.
I have heard of some folks trapping mountain lions, and my Brother-in-law helped track and dispatch a known livestock killing cougar, ( he used a Marlin .336 in .35 Rem for that one, but they were in brushy hill country and his shot was inside 50 yards according to his recount of the events).
When I hunt coyotes I usually am walking form one likely area and calling for a while. Then I will move to another area and call for a while. Most of the time I am trying to call them inside of 200 yds before I take a shot. a .223 with 68 gr bullets is pretty effective. So portability and accuracy are my main desires. The rest of my effort is trying to coax the predators into my desired range. Makes for more of a challenge to me.
I guess it's a long way of saying, you may need two tools for what could really be two different jobs. Or you need to compromise on one end or the other. Overkill for 'yotes or underkill for cougars.