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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-29-2011, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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22-250 for deer

my 8 year old son did a lot of shooting with my 22-250 this year and i decided to let him try it on deer. i reloaded him 60 grain nosler partitions and we both shot it to make sure it was good. 3 shot 3/4 inch groups, 3 of them at 100 yards and the boy was keeping 3 shot groups in 5 inches at 100 and 3 inches at 50. last night right at dark, doe came out at other end of the field. my boy and i were in a blind. i estimated the disatance at 100 yards, and let him shoot. bang the deer fell to the ground, 3 or 4 seconds later it jumped up tail high and bounded away the 30 yards to the woods and disappeared. went to where he shot it and paced off the distance, 167 yards, i know very bad estimation. pile of hair and absolutely no blood. i searched for an hour last night, and an hour and a half today with no luck. my question is, could that bullett not have penetrated that does front shoulder and just knocked hair off because of the distaance? looking for some of your thoughts. next year we are going to move to a 25-06 or 243 and shoot them with that and we are going to practice all summer with the bigger gun.
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-30-2011, 12:05 AM
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Re: 22-250 for deer

At 167 yards with a partition,I'm sure you got penetration

At 200 you should still be over 1000ft/lbs of energy

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Re: 22-250 for deer

I think your son just grazed that deer.

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Re: 22-250 for deer

very good possibility on the grazing.
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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-30-2011, 06:36 PM
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Re: 22-250 for deer

I too am guessing graze. The partition would have blown through that shoulder with no problem.

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Re: 22-250 for deer

When a bullet strikes bone, especially at an angle, anything can happen, even with larger calibers. Some would say the smaller faster bullets are more prone to deflection by the shoulder or a rib. NP's are great bullets but out of a 22-250 on a deer I would not say that straight through penetration is a given. I don't think the distance had anything to do with it being only 167 yds.
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Re: 22-250 for deer

I don't think the deer would have fallen down from a graze shot unless you hit close to the shoulder or spine. My guess is that that you hit ribs just below the spine. The ribs being twisted off shocked the spine enough that the deer fell down. The deer may take a while to fill up with blood from that kind of shot. It may be dead up to 200 yards away. There is also a t on the shoulder bone which is very hard to penetrate with a smaller caliber. If you hit that it "might" not penetrate.

That is just one possiblity. If you looked around the area pretty thoroughly I wouldn't worry about it. On a side note I killed a 6 point with my .222 yesterday. Don't give up on the .22 just yet.
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Re: 22-250 for deer

I,m with 79.That doe was bleedin internally went into a thicket or in some deadfalls(trees) layed down and curled up and died.She is in there,you just didn,t find her.
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Re: 22-250 for deer

Your son was shooting 5 inch groups at 100 yds, from a bench? Not good enough of a shooter at this point to take even a 100 yd shot, 50, yes, but not 100. Then, the shot turns out to be 160 yds. Was that shot off a bench?

It seems that he took a shot he should not have, and the result was poor bullet placement, plus, using a light rifle where there is little room for error.

Next year, get him shooting a larger caliber, heavier bullet with a reduced load. Then, at his young age limit the distance he can shoot to what is realistic. You'll have a much better result next time.

And a rangefinder might be a good idea as well.

I'd suggest a 243, 260, or something similar. My nephews son used my 260 this year on a doe, with great results, but it was a 50 yd shot, easily doable for him, at 10 years old.



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