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Clay Cooper, Clearly you're a more experienced and capable shooter than most and a .22-250 is adequate for large deer for you. B

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  • bonnier-admin_2
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    WOW, you guys are doing the best job of discussion NO JOKE!

    I do have an answer for you; however I’m going to give the person all credit for doing so!

    It’s time today feelings are set aside and start basing on facts!!

    I started a firestorm of learning here and I’m going to let it play out a little!

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  • ken.mcloud
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    We were having a discussion about this on the recent "bucking slug recoil" blog post.

    I have serious doubts that the muzzle energy has any direct correlation to how far you have to track a deer.

    I have had to track deer hundreds of yards after two kill zone shots with 12 ga. slugs at 50 yds, on the other hand we've see "bang-flop" kills with a .22-250.

    Assuming your round has enough energy to penetrate, (this rules out .22 rimfires and bb-guns) direct hits to the heart and spine are what drop animals in their tracks, not kinetic energy. Keep in mind that your should absorbs the exact same amount of energy as the deer.

    A larger caliber bullet, a tumbling bullet, or a mushrooming bullet will create a larger wound tract, thus increasing your chances of hitting the heart of spine. However, the difference in the cross-sectional area of a .30-06 vs a .22-250 is negligible.

    So, I think that the superior killing power of larger rounds is largely in our heads.(likely testosterone induced) A flat-shooting round that you can accurately place will produce as many if not more "bang-flop" kills as a heavy caliber round.

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  • idduckhntr
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    Clay I agree,loaded with a heavy bullet such as 60grain Nosler it is capable but shot placemant must be precise and you have no room for errer and I dont think alot of people would take the time to practice those shots.

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  • thuroy
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    A 22-250 with the right bullet can be effective if used correctly. However, most people are looking for 1000 pounds of energy which a 22-250 doesn't have much more than that at 100 yards. But accuracy is key which you can shoot a low recoil gun without developing the yipps.

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  • teufelhunden
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    I will disagree. Partially anyway, It depends on your conditions. I have killed many deer with the 22-250 at various ranges up to 400 yards. Every time my bullet passed through and dropped the deer within 10-20 foot of where they were standing.

    The person firing the rifle is exponentially more important than the round. My first deer was about 100 yards, double lung, drop in your tracks with a 22-250. What that does not show is that my father would not let me carry a rifle until I could put 10 rounds in a three inch circle at 200 yards. He made sure that I was accurate and confident with the rifle. It was not a stunt and neither were any of the others I have killed since that day.

    Just FYI, every deer that I have ever lost have been with a .30 or larger, except one that I made a poor decision on with a .270.

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  • steve182
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    Guys, thanks. I was making specific reference to one of Clays answers where he refers to the .22-250 as great for mulies and whitetails. I have one. I'm confident i can kill deer with it, but i have better suited guns for the purpose, and in hunting situations especially, i don't care about recoil.

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  • Beekeeper
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    The 22-250 is not a deer rifle. Shooting deer with .22 centerfires is a stunt and as such requires precise bullet placement. If you don't like recoil follow CPTBRAD's advice and get something in 24 or 25 caliber.

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  • CPT BRAD
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    More experienced and capable?? Yeah I'll give him that. :P 22-250 would not be enough gun for most people, even though they would shoot it more accuratly than their super magnum they've got now you have to be nearly surgical with shot placement, and due to low bullet weight the muzzle energy won't stay with it for longer shots.

    To sum it up unless you love tracking wounded deer stay in the 24-25s or above.

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  • Clay Cooper, Clearly you're a more experienced and capable shooter than most and a .22-250 is adequate for large deer for you. B

    Clay Cooper, Clearly you're a more experienced and capable shooter than most and a .22-250 is adequate for large deer for you. But will you please agree with me these .22 centerfires are not a great choice for most shooters? Everyone's opinion welcome.

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