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22-250 for deer?

i've hunted all my life, owned about every gun you could ever want, but really don't know much about the 22-250 other than it is a good woodchuck/varmit gun. i have a 16 year old that his dad bought him one for woodchuck hunting. he now uses a shotgun for deer. the question is; is there a load that will work for deer hunting or better to stick with the shotgun? thanks
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Re: 22-250 for deer?

I have taken 5 deer with Rem. 55 gr spire points out of my .22-250. You should wait for a clear shot and they will put down a deer handily.

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Re: 22-250 for deer?

A clear standing still shot it works like magic on a deer. Any moving, running, or obstructed shot is no good with a 22-250. I carry mine occasionally when I am watching a small farm field. One of my elderly farmer neighbors has killed literally hundreds of deer with his Savage .222. He waits for a head shot and never misses. The gun is approaching 50 years old and looks like a battered canoe paddle, but he is never without venison !

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Re: 22-250 for deer?

I've cleanly killed deer with a 22-250 loaded with 60gr Nosler Partitions. For a kid or someone that is recoil sensitive, it's a cartridge that is easy to learn to shoot well, especially if that is what you have to "work with"?

They're pricey, but factory loads are available with the Partitions and I think, probably a Barnes choice or two? Practice can be with less expensive varmint loads. I am not a fan of using varmint loads for deer.

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Re: 22-250 for deer?

I can't speak for the 22-250, but i've taken many deer with my .222 with rems 50 gr psp.Shot placement is key!

BTW..i hnuted with this rifle starting at 12.
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Re: 22-250 for deer?

I agree with Denny in that I would go with the Nosler Partitions for deer. I would not use the cheap ammo in a 22-250. You want something that will give you good penetration and expansion both. I know Federal makes factory ammo with the 60 grain Nosler Partition. I think they are a little over $30 a box.

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Re: 22-250 for deer?

A box should last you 20 yrs 1 shot per yr...
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Re: 22-250 for deer?

I carry mine with handloads consisting of a stout dose of powder pushing a 45gr Barnes TSX at about 3800FPS, it liquifies the insides,,,,works great!

It may be a poor choice of words but I am smart enough to understand what you meant.
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Re: 22-250 for deer?

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A box should last you 20 yrs 1 shot per yr...
guess you never heard of practice.


a 22-250 will work for deer, but there are far better rounds out there.

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Re: 22-250 for deer?

barnes x bullets and the 22-250 would get my vote
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