Power of a 22/250?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by kymike, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. kymike

    kymike New Member

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    I don't hunt I just do target shooting. I'm curious though as what people think about a 22/250 as far as hunting bigger game than varmints. Would this round take down a deer if the shot was placed correctly. I mostly am worried about zombies though. Lmao!
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    yes with the right ammo and shot placement you could take a deer with it. but there are calibers that would work better. some states have hunting laws against hunting deer with a 22 caliber, even a centerfire 22 caliber. check your states hunting regulations to be sure. but IMO, i prefer something in the 243/6mm and up for deer hunting.
     

  3. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    A 22-250 WILL take a whitetail deer,my father in law used to use nothing but a 22-250 for deer and drop them every time,but you got to understand he took NOTHING but neckshots.
     
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  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    CAN it be used for deer? Yes.

    SHOULD it be used for deer? No.


    There has been a crapload of deer taken with .22 LR. And a dozen craploads of deer WOUNDED with .22 LR.


    In VA, you need at least .23 cal. to be legal.
     
  5. kymike

    kymike New Member

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    I live in kentucky and law states you can hunt with any centerfire rifle. I've been told its not right to hunt with this caliber but I've read and heard a bunch of different thoughts. Not really interested in hunting was just curious on others thoughts about it. I figured a shot to the head would take it down.
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The problem is most (if not all) factory ammo is loaded with highly frangible lightweight bullets. They have a nasty tendancy to blow up on impact and make nasty wounds. You could handload a tougher bullet, but 55 gr is about the max weight if a 1/12 twist barrel.
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i with robo on this. most factory ammo is more designed for varmint hunting than larger game like deer. so if a person were to use the 22-250 for deer, i would recommend handloading with a better type bullet. but IMO, there are much better calibers for deer hunting. personally i would got with at least 6mm/243 or larger for deer.
     
  8. TXJohn

    TXJohn New Member

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    In Texas there are a lot of youths that start out with a 22-250 or 223 and have no problems with deer but most are handloaded with premium bullets. I have shot deer with my 22-250 AI loaded with 60gr. Nosler Partions with no problems, but will have to agree there are better deer calibers.
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    my personal preference for a deer caliber would be a 243/6mm as the smallest caliber i would be comfortable trying to hunt with. i know lots of people use 223 or 22-250 for deer, but i like just a tad larger caliber for my own peace of mind.