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Old 12-07-2017, 08:58 PM   #1
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Default Which rifle to take on an Antelope hunt

Good chance that I may go on an Antelope hunt in New Mexico next year. I have a few options on which rifle to take but I donít know which option I should go with.
Option one, Howa .308 20Ē heavy barrel with 150 grain bullet and SWFA 10x42 scope.
Option two, Weatherby Vanguard S2 in .257 Wby Mag and 100 grain bullet and Simmon (midway exclusive)6.5-20x50 scope.
Option three, Weatherby Mark V in 6.5-300 with 127 grain Barnes and Nikon 4-12 Buckmaster II scope.
I think any will be fine just wanting opinions.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:02 PM   #2
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The one that you can accurately shot the furthest.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:05 PM   #3
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Which ever one you are the most confrontable with shooting. They will all kill a goat
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:09 PM   #4
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Thinking a 6.5 Creedmor is betterer, you need one.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:10 PM   #5
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Thinking a 6.5 Creedmor is betterer, you need one.
I already have a 6.5-300 wby mag.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:17 PM   #6
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I would use the one you shoot best, but Iíd prefer one of the weatherbys. Iíd go with the .257
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:25 PM   #7
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I already have a 6.5-300 wby mag.
But the CM is the schnizzle macdizzle currently, it's a marketing death ray to anything with 4 legs.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:27 PM   #8
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I grew up chasing speed goats in NM and 257 Weatherby was a preferred clambering of many hunters. Close to perfect for that application.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:28 PM   #9
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Either one of those Weatherbys would be my pick.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:28 PM   #10
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:30 PM   #11
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I would go with the .257 and an upgraded scope. Speedgoats are not hard to kill, but you need something that shoots flat for the possible long-range shot. IMO, nothing beats the .257 for flat shooting, but I don't know anything about the 6.5-300.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:57 PM   #12
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6.5-300. Why? Because you have one ��
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:10 PM   #13
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I would take the 257. If you have time you might consider relighting with some HSM Ammo with the 115 grain Berger bullets.

The 6.5 is a beast but not needed for antelope.


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Old 12-07-2017, 10:34 PM   #14
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Good chance that I may go on an Antelope hunt in New Mexico next year. I have a few options on which rifle to take but I donít know which option I should go with.
Option one, Howa .308 20Ē heavy barrel with 150 grain bullet and SWFA 10x42 scope.
Option two, Weatherby Vanguard S2 in .257 Wby Mag and 100 grain bullet and Simmon (midway exclusive)6.5-20x50 scope.
Option three, Weatherby Mark V in 6.5-300 with 127 grain Barnes and Nikon 4-12 Buckmaster II scope.
I think any will be fine just wanting opinions.
257 weatherby,, more than enough
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Old 12-08-2017, 06:39 AM   #15
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257 is my vote as well.

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Old 12-08-2017, 06:42 AM   #16
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The lightest one
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:05 AM   #17
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I’d go with the limits accurate first and then the lightest second. Seems as if you just want to list some rifles you have.
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:38 AM   #18
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Iíd go with the limits accurate first and then the lightest second. Seems as if you just want to list some rifles you have.
Sounds like you are suggesting that I am bragging or something. I have never been Antelope hunting before so I didnít think I would get any crap on which rifle I should use.
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:54 AM   #19
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257 bee is the perfect poison for your application
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Old 12-08-2017, 08:27 AM   #20
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Iíd go with the limits accurate first and then the lightest second. Seems as if you just want to list some rifles you have.
Sounds like you are suggesting that I am bragging or something. I have never been Antelope hunting before so I didnít think I would get any crap on which rifle I should use.
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:14 AM   #21
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Sounds like you are suggesting that I am bragging or something. I have never been Antelope hunting before so I didnít think I would get any crap on which rifle I should use.
All are plenty IMHO. Your favorite one. :-) I've got a forty (40) year old Remington 788 that still gets to go on trips. :-)
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:18 AM   #22
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Which ever you shot best. As someone said Antelope are not that hard to kill. Of those 3 either of the Bees are great as long as ou are comfortable with them.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:27 AM   #23
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The one that you can accurately shot the furthest.
^^ This, whichever one is the most accurate out at further distances. Any of those calibers is more than capable of taking out an Antelope. If you have to spot stalk and walk a long ways the weight may come into play there also.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:46 AM   #24
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Old 12-08-2017, 11:02 AM   #25
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Im a fan of the quarter bore, even the weatherby version!
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Old 12-08-2017, 11:43 PM   #26
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Good chance that I may go on an Antelope hunt in New Mexico next year. I have a few options on which rifle to take but I donít know which option I should go with.
Option one, Howa .308 20Ē heavy barrel with 150 grain bullet and SWFA 10x42 scope.
Option two, Weatherby Vanguard S2 in .257 Wby Mag and 100 grain bullet and Simmon (midway exclusive)6.5-20x50 scope.
Option three, Weatherby Mark V in 6.5-300 with 127 grain Barnes and Nikon 4-12 Buckmaster II scope.
I think any will be fine just wanting opinions.
I am assuming, that 6.5-300, is a 300 Weatherby necked down to 6.5mm? If so. ****! That has to be one seriously fast *******. I am guessing it makes a mess of most everything it hits out to about 800 yards or so and barrels probably don't last long? But I sure would love to have something like that.

The 257 Weatherby would be a great choice for what you area wanting to do. The 6.5-300, would be a great choice for shooting speed goats in the next county.
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:46 AM   #27
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I used to hunt antelope in Wyoming quite a bit.

We shot .264 Win Mag and .240 Weatherby
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Old 12-09-2017, 09:27 AM   #28
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I used to hunt antelope in Wyoming quite a bit.

We shot .264 Win Mag and .240 Weatherby
I am pretty sure when they designed the 264 Win. Mag., they did so for the purpose of hunting speed goats.
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:07 AM   #29
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Any of your rifles can handle it but you may want to reevaluate the glass that’s on them
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Old 12-09-2017, 05:50 PM   #30
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Any of your rifles can handle it but you may want to reevaluate the glass thatís on them
That SWFA is a great scope; can't speak for the others
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Old 12-09-2017, 06:27 PM   #31
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I would go buy a 270
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Old 12-09-2017, 06:50 PM   #32
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25-06 would be fine as well
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:40 PM   #33
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https://www.midwayusa.com/product/16...-reticle-matte
https://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Buck-Ma.../dp/B00SMX9CS8
They all seem to review well? I wasn’t sure about using my fixed 10x42 but if everything is beyond 75 yards does it really matter that its a fixed?
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Old 12-09-2017, 09:24 PM   #34
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https://www.midwayusa.com/product/16...-reticle-matte
https://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Buck-Ma.../dp/B00SMX9CS8
They all seem to review well? I wasnít sure about using my fixed 10x42 but if everything is beyond 75 yards does it really matter that its a fixed?


That all look great in the middle of the day. Premium glass comes into play trying pi pick out details a long way off and at dusk/dawn.


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Old 12-09-2017, 09:32 PM   #35
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The one you are the most accurate with. I used a Ruger #1 in 270 for my antelope hunts!
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