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22-250 FOR DEER

I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT LETTING MY SON USE ONE OF MY 22-250'S FOR DEER THIS YEAR, I HAVE BEEN TOLD 75 GR TSX BARNES BULLETT WOULD BE PLENTY FOR A DEER EVEN THOUGHT IT IS A 22 CALIBER? ANY THOUGHTS FROM THE MORE EXPERIENCED CROWD. I HAVE ALWAYS USED .277 CALIBER OR BIGGER
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post #2 of 163 (permalink) Old 09-20-2010, 10:04 PM
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Re: 22-250 FOR DEER

It is not plenty for deer and certainly not a caliber for an inexperienced kid to use for deer.




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Re: 22-250 FOR DEER

I personally would not. Alot of it has to do with where you are hunting. If its wide open, it would be effective, but a round like that has so much velocity with a 'light' mass that the slightest interference will stir havoc with you. Can it kill a deer? Yea for sure. Is it the best choice? No. As always shot placement ranks #1 in my book.

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Re: 22-250 FOR DEER

Why not a .243 or a .30-.30?
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Provided your gun will stableize a 75 gr bullet the 75gr tsx would be a fine bullet for deer. I know a fellow who shoots deer out to 750 yards with the 75gr hornady A-max bullet in a 22x47 lapua cartridge. I have personally shot deer with the 22-250 using a 55gr hollow point that I make myself and the deer went straight down I shot it in the shoulder area. I do not reccomend head shots on deer with any cailber, because a close miss would only wound the deer and it would die a slow death.
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You sure you dont mean 70gr TSX? Didnt see a 75gr on the barnes website. If so Im going to go against the rest of the crowd. If you stick with the 70gr TSX and put the bullet where it should go (as with any cartridge) the biggest whitetail in the world will be dead ASAP. I think the real question is whats the twist on your gun? this has to be a really long bullet, and stabilizing it might be an issue, but youd have to shoot it to find out.

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I have shot 5 deer with my .22/250 using Rem 55 gr spire points and got them all. Shot placement is the key especialy with smaller calibers. I would not recommend it for a beginner unless you are close to provide back-up.

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NOT recommended, at least for a young shooter. if your son is too recoil shy then I would bet its a good sign he is too young yet. yes its legal to use it but is it right? yes if he is old enough to hold his head up he can legaly take a deer but is it right?

I shoot the 45gr TSX in my 22-250 with a 1:14 twist. get them as close to 4000fps the better they shoot. I personally do not have a problem at all with a 22-250 for deer, more deer have been killed with a [insert caliber here] and more deer have been lost with a [insert caliber here] so shot placement is key. I just feel older more composed hunters should only use this caliber for the fact of shot placement.

I started my 12 year old last year with a T/C encore and a 357 Max. it too has low recoil and out to 100 yards with a 180gr XTP its deadly on deer, pending shot placement.

It may be a poor choice of words but I am smart enough to understand what you meant.
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There plenty of better options out there.

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I wouldn't reccommand a young hunter using a marginal caliber like the 22-250. I know several people that use this caliber , but most use it all year round & shoot several hundred rounds a year. Use a 243 & up for a young hunter.
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