22-250?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by engles5, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. engles5

    engles5 New Member

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    Does anyone out there use a 22-250 for deer hunting and how well does it work?
     
  2. dks7895

    dks7895 New Member

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    Depends on the deer, distance, shooter, bullet, shot placement. I shot a doe with my 223 55gr SP at 75 yards. Trashed both lungs and she was done.
     

  3. 2bit

    2bit New Member

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    My personal opinion would be that for most folks who do not shoot much or at all during the year is that it is too little gun.

    Michael
     
  4. bigdaddy573

    bigdaddy573 New Member

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    Plz don't shoot a deer with a 250 its a varmint round not a deer rifle and yes it will kill a deer but its just way to small for the job if u want a good deer rifle that dont kick hard get a 243

    I RUN LIKE A CHEVY AND IM BUILT FORD TOUGH ;)
     
  5. BlueTurf

    BlueTurf New Member

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    +1 on that. If your deer hunting experience is limited and you don't hunt very much I would suggest using a bigger cartridge. Always consider shot placement with whatever cartridge you are using and don't simply expect to do it all with power.
     
  6. engles5

    engles5 New Member

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    Can a 8year old and11 year old Handel a 25-06 i was going to get them the 22-250 but the perfect deer round is the 25-06
     
  7. 2bit

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    Ok I am going to venture into real estate that I will probably get lots of grief for but it is an open forum. Again, just my opinion.

    I think 8 is too young to start killing deer. Maybe even 11. I am 56 now and started in Michigan when the legal age was 14 back in the early 70's. I do think that as a young child it is the time to teach the kids that there is SO much more to hunting than just pulling the trigger and killing something. It is the time to teach them about what is going on out there in the woods beyond the computer and video games. That there is an entire experience to appreciate that goes far beyond just "Did you get one?" or "How big was it?" That seems to be the only measuring tape now days.

    I have lived in Texas now for the past 32 years and am amazed by how many times I see photos of little kids shoot their first buck and its a 120 class or larger and I can't help but think if the kid even realizes how special it is or what it means to work for something. My father made me carry a BB gun for two years and walk the corn fields to learn how to pheasant hunt with him, my uncles and grandfather. I was probably 8 years old then. Eventually I got to hunt like an adult and assume the responsibilities of all that is hunting. The memories of those BB gun hunts are no less special than the time I downed my first rooster in the snow.

    My personal opinion. Let them sit with you. Teach them. Let them earn the right to hunt. It will be lessons they will appreciate long after the hunt is over.

    Besides what are you going to do with three dead deer? That is a lot of venison to eat/waste.

    Oh yeah. I have two daughters. Age 23 and 19. I started them out plucking doves, docks, and geese in the garage. They watched as I butchered deer and hogs and now do there own. The oldest is going to be a veterinary surgeon.

    They both love to hunt and fly fish with me. My oldest daughter's first buck was at age 18 and is a funny looking spike. But the moment could not have been better and the hunt any more special. She had put in lots of hours of shooting,learning and she knew I was not going to let her shoot a big deer. That would be something she would grow into and earn the right to do. She now has the maturity to hunt on her own and is death to hogs with a .30-06. No first deer for the younger daughter by her choice. But she, like her big sister does love to shoot hogs with a rifle. It's a good thing my bow has a 70 pound pull or they would probably be steeling that next.

    No offense.
    Just my experiences
    Michael
     
  8. 7mmstw

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    The 7-08 is a great caliber to start youngsters out on deer with, as is the 30-30, 243,6mm, best to stick with short action, medium to low pressure loads. I agree with the other guy on letting the child sit/learn with you until at least 11-12. Now as for using a 22-250 on deer. I have, not the best choice but I was out culling the herd and was strictly head shooting. Do you hand load? If so you can get bullets that could work for deer sized game. Is it recommended, eh that's tough to say. Most 22-250 rifling twists are for light 40 grain bullets going really fast. So even if you loaded heavier bullets, chances are they would not stabilize.

    Best bet would be to go with alternate caliber. Good luck.
     
  9. gunnut07

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    Loaded with the right bullet a 22-250 is an excelent deer rifle.

    I would load it with any of the following bullets.

    Sierra 65gr Gameking
    Nosler 60gr Partition
    Swift 62gr Scirocco 2

    If you place your shot correctly and don't take bad shots. It will work every time. Granted that it is legal to hunt big game with a .224 cal round. If the 223 can kill people why can't a 22-250 kill a deer? I believe hunters should shoot more than 5 rounds 1 week before season starts.

    If someone knows their rifle they should have no problems.
     
  10. primer1

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    Hey 2bit.. you have two daughters 19 and 23? Wanna be my friend? Seriously, it depends on the kid. Some mature faster than others, my 7 year old girl is learning on a red ryder, not ready for a .22 yet. Some her age have safely taken game.Don't assume the kids don't appreciate the experience, even though some surely don't. Also don't assume the meat is wasted, its a precious commodity I rarely see wasted. My two cents...
     
  11. dks7895

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    I respect 2bit's views on this topic. However, all kids are different and this is a decision to made by the parents. If Engles5 thinks his boys are ready, then it's his job to teach them and enjoy the harvest.

    I shot three legal deer in 2010. I had one butched for my freezer and donated the others to share the harvest. No venison wasted.

    My brother bought his boy a NEF Handi Rifle in 30-06. He loaded it with Remington Managed Recoil ammo. Kicks like a 243.
     
  12. engles5

    engles5 New Member

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    My son who is 8 started out in the blind with me taking it all in he is a quick learner he has taking some squirls this year with the old 4/10 I used when I was a kid I'll let him start whitetail at about the age of 10. Now my daughter is a very good learner as well at the age of 11 and some practice at the range and on ground hogs she got her first doe last year 220 swift right in the neck 80 yards dropped lights out she is a very calm steady shooter. What helps them is every weekend I take them 22 plinking out the club To them it's just as fun as going to a playground. I enjoy taking them out shooting for the experience and time together life is to short anymore gata enjoy it as much as I can
     
  13. 2bit

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    Engles5,

    Sounds like they are off to a good start.
    Keep up the good work. It is great to hear of children who are learning to hunt with respect. It is tiresome to go over to Youtube and watch some videos of guys shooting stuff and laughing like some idiot at a comedy show. I have never figured out what the hell is so funny to them. The sport of hunting need a lots less of those sort of fools.

    Michael
     
  14. blucoondawg

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    If they are good shots and not tryin to shoot through brush and crap thats gonna effect the bullet I don't see anything wrong with 22-250, I have a buddy who sits on highline cuts and takes deer with a swift or 22-250 yearly, he too shoots them in the neck as your daughter did and they drop. I know another guy who used to use the 250 back in the70s and he claims its very deadly to deer shooting in the vitals, he claims the bullet is so fast and "explosive" that it turned their vitals to mush, you couldn't believe the damage done when you gutted them out apparently. However that is not first hand experience but the guy tends to know his stuff, I have seen the neck shot deer and its easy to see why it kills well.
     
  15. engles5

    engles5 New Member

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    I make them take the neck shots because to me the neck is a lot smaller target on the deer down here if they pull a bad shot on the neck it's mostly a clean miss now if they pull a bad shot on the boiler room we all know what could happen that's why I am getting the 22-250 almost no recoil they are not afraid of the swift so the 22-250 should be no problem I would let them still use the swift but it was my grandfathers and it's time to retire it.
     
  16. almostgotme

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    Ive got a nice old R 700 chambered in 22-250. Awesome gun. Good varmit rifle but ive never taken a deer with it. I thought the smallest (legal) deer caliber was .243? Apparently people take deer with this though. Anyone know if it depends on the state, if so, theres no way Cali's gonna let me take a deer with it. Or am i wrong?
     
  17. engles5

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    Not sure? But here in WV we can use anything that is center fire you can use a 22hornet if you want never have but I have takin a lot of deer with my 220 swift.
     
  18. blucoondawg

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    It's legal in Wisconsin too, check your DNR or whatever communist organization manages the hunting regs out in Cali.