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Old 10-26-2021, 10:22 PM   #1
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My first ďrealĒ deer rifle was a Rem 700 BDL chambered in 22-250. It has taken numerous deer in its history, many by my hand growing up. Iíve since moved on to different calibers, settling on the 308 as my go to for most of my East Tx huntingÖ but my question to you guys.. Who out there still uses the 22-250? I know itís almost as big as the great debate.. 223 for deer hunting, but this having far greater velocities it has been very successful in my hunting experience.

Whatís yíallís take? Every time opening day rolls around I would like to consider bringing it back out, but having better calibers they tend to win the draw.

How many of you fellas, grab the 22-250 with out hesitation when the gun season opens??
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Old 10-26-2021, 10:24 PM   #2
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220 Swift...long live the king.
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My kids hunt with a 22-250, high shoulder and neck shots will wallup them like a sack.


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9 of 10 calls I’d get for tracking 22-250. Like everything shot placement
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Old 10-26-2021, 10:27 PM   #5
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Old 10-26-2021, 10:37 PM   #6
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Shot my first handful of deer with it and taken a few new hunters and used it. My dad still uses it from time to time as well, crazy the amount of damage that little hollow point can do
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9 of 10 calls Iíd get for tracking 22-250. Like everything shot placement
Children or adult shooters?

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Old 10-26-2021, 10:53 PM   #8
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Predators only , Nowadays shot a few deer kid with one.
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Old 10-26-2021, 10:55 PM   #10
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In the past month or so Iíve seen

9/10 tracking jobs 7 mag
9/10 tracking jobs 6.5
9/10 tracking jobs 22-250

Had a tough time finding one from a 22-250 last year even though it didnít go that far, no blood. Fun round.
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Shoot in the neck and your good with any Caliber.
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Old 10-26-2021, 11:02 PM   #12
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Old 10-26-2021, 11:27 PM   #13
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My first ďrealĒ deer rifle was a Rem 700 BDL chambered in 22-250. It has taken numerous deer in its history, many by my hand growing up. Iíve since moved on to different calibers, settling on the 308 as my go to for most of my East Tx huntingÖ but my question to you guys.. Who out there still uses the 22-250? I know itís almost as big as the great debate.. 223 for deer hunting, but this having far greater velocities it has been very successful in my hunting experience.

Whatís yíallís take? Every time opening day rolls around I would like to consider bringing it back out, but having better calibers they tend to win the draw.

How many of you fellas, grab the 22-250 with out hesitation when the gun season opens??
Buddy (Chuckfu on here) got me into the 22-250 round and few years ago and love it now. Bought a custom left handed R700 off here a few years back. We hunt down in South Texas. Mainly bow hunt, but we shoot a lot of our does with the bang stick. As most have said, itís all about shot placement. We try to place right in the neck looking at you, and most drop instantly. We killed two does last year over 400 yrds (had witnesses on both shots) with my gun and have a confirmed javi kill at a little over 500 yards. Itís a cool round for sure and a lot of fun to shoot.
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Old 10-26-2021, 11:29 PM   #14
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We have a few of them. Started both kids on one. Daughter still shoots it. Boy favors a suppressed 308 now. I've probably killed 1,000 deer with one. It is an awesome deer caliber with the right bullet. In the shoulder, behind the shoulder, high shoulder, neck, it never really mattered. It is one of my all time favorite calibers.
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Old 10-26-2021, 11:30 PM   #15
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Old 10-26-2021, 11:38 PM   #16
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My son hunts with one, and he's pretty dang accurate with it. For his size it's the perfect gun and he makes the shots count

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Old 10-26-2021, 11:39 PM   #17
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My daughters both still shoot one. Youngest daughter has close to 60 kills with hers…everything from turkeys to pigs to axis to whitetail to aoudad. She neck shoots everything and haven’t had an issue yet.
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Old 10-26-2021, 11:47 PM   #18
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22-250 is the only caliber I use on doe, meat hunts. Neck shot, just below the ears. DRT. No damage to meat.
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Old 10-26-2021, 11:50 PM   #19
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My daughters both still shoot one. Youngest daughter has close to 60 kills with hers…everything from turkeys to pigs to axis to whitetail to aoudad. She neck shoots everything and haven’t had an issue yet.
Word.
Thats where its at. Ive mine on 223 butd love them to feel the precision of a 22-250.
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Old 10-26-2021, 11:56 PM   #20
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We have a few of them. Started both kids on one. Daughter still shoots it. Boy favors a suppressed 308 now. I've probably killed 1,000 deer with one. It is an awesome deer caliber with the right bullet. In the shoulder, behind the shoulder, high shoulder, neck, it never really mattered. It is one of my all time favorite calibers.
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Old 10-26-2021, 11:59 PM   #21
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I have one for my kids. I like it but still prefer my700 BDL .243.
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Old 10-27-2021, 12:00 AM   #22
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Currently looking to find a deal on a used one for my son. If anyone is looking to get rid of a compact/youth sized one, I might be interested. What loads are y'all shooting?
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Old 10-27-2021, 12:04 AM   #23
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My mom has killed around 25 deer in her lifetime. All with the same Ruger 22-250. She always shoots them right behind the shoulder double lung. She has never missed or wounded a deer. All dead within 50 yds or so.

Myself personally have killed around 5 deer with a 22-250 with the same results. It's a very under-rated deer caliber.
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Old 10-27-2021, 12:16 AM   #24
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I used to help cull deer on several ranches for years. Lots of deer. I only mentioned it to show how much I like that caliber.
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Old 10-27-2021, 01:13 AM   #25
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Iíve used one since I killed my 1st deer around 1970. 51 years Iíve been dropping deer in their tracks. Started with my Dads Sako and been shooting a Savage last 40 years. Awesome caliber.
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Old 10-27-2021, 02:20 AM   #26
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Bought my first, of many, 22-250's 47 years ago. Main drawback is the standard 14" twist that won't stabilize many of the better deer hunting bullets. Building a 10 twist 22-250AI now and expect it will be my main deer/hog/coyote rifle.
Varmint bullets make spectacular kills most times but can fail miserably.
Use a good bullet that stays together and the 22-250 is awesome.
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Old 10-27-2021, 02:45 AM   #27
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Killed my first 2 bucks with a bull-barreled Ruger M77 22-250. I just inherited it, cleaned it up, replaced the old Simmons with a Leupold, and can’t wait to put another notch on her belt.
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Old 10-27-2021, 05:49 AM   #28
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I’ve got a Thompson chambered in 22-250. Love it. Lots of deer and pigs killed. I always aim for the neck with it. It’s fun to shoot and devestating!
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Old 10-27-2021, 06:11 AM   #29
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I have a 20 year old Thomspon Encore. Agree with others that good bullets and shot placement are key. I have killed alot of deer and hogs with 55 grains.
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Old 10-27-2021, 06:43 AM   #30
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Here!

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Old 10-27-2021, 07:02 AM   #31
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I own 2 a Remington 788 & Ruger Hawkeye M77 (LH) They both get used at least once or twice every season, mainly on slick heads but would not hesitate to use it on the Big boys as well. Those lil bullets have folded up a many of em through the years
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Old 10-27-2021, 07:27 AM   #32
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For you guys shooting this caliber for deer what bullet are you guys shooting? Not talking about the neck or head shots. I’m talking about the center mass chest shots. I would assume a good heavy bullet like a 70 grain Accubond or the sorts would be ideal but as mentioned in another post most barrels are not fast enough for this. Maybe a good Barnes bullet in a lighter grain.

I have seen deer shot with 55 grain core lokt on a shoulder shot and the devastation in the chest cavity was gruesome and lots of damage to both shoulders, not a pass through and pieces of jacket all the way up in the front portion of the back strap. It was a smallish doe at 175 yards. I was impressed but figured a more suitable bullet would be ideal. We have a 223 WSSM I would like to hunt with from time time to time but just don’t have much faith in the current bullet it likes.
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Old 10-27-2021, 07:34 AM   #33
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Old 10-27-2021, 07:49 AM   #34
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I have a few guns in it but only varmint hunt with them now, yeah I get that it will work but why why not take some extra insurance with a bigger round..
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Old 10-27-2021, 09:26 AM   #35
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Never killed anything bigger than a P-dog with mine. I use it for what it's made for. Vaporizing P-dogs in a green cloud. 40 gr Berger HP @ 4000 fps. Savage 12VSS-S
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Old 10-27-2021, 09:32 AM   #36
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22-250 or 223 are great calibers for deer using the right bullet and shot placement. I’ve shot about 10 deer so far with my 223
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Old 10-27-2021, 09:34 AM   #37
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I love the 22-250 prob killed the most deer with one between my son and i than any other round ive owned. But I do think shooting good bullets is the key.
Id break it out this year if i could find the ammo I like
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Old 10-27-2021, 09:35 AM   #38
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My first “real” deer rifle was a Rem 700 BDL chambered in 22-250. It has taken numerous deer in its history, many by my hand growing up. I’ve since moved on to different calibers, settling on the 308 as my go to for most of my East Tx hunting… but my question to you guys.. Who out there still uses the 22-250? I know it’s almost as big as the great debate.. 223 for deer hunting, but this having far greater velocities it has been very successful in my hunting experience.

What’s y’all’s take? Every time opening day rolls around I would like to consider bringing it back out, but having better calibers they tend to win the draw.

How many of you fellas, grab the 22-250 with out hesitation when the gun season opens??
As a kid my dad started us on a 30-06. Never liked how much damage it did if you hit the shoulder or made a quartering shot. Always thought it was overkill. Also took some shots I probably shouldn't have. Then I pretty much became strictly a bowhunter. My first deer rifle that I purchased was a 22-250. Never lost a deer with it, but like you have since moved on to a 308, and have 7 Rem Mag I bought for an Aoudoad hunt that I take sometimes because the glass on it is awesome. I think if you can shoot and you keep your shot's closer it's all you need.

Now my boy's have done alot of youth hunt's and those we usually tote the 308, Grandpa's 6.5 creedmore, 243, and now my 16yr old has a 270. So were pretty much set.

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Old 10-27-2021, 09:45 AM   #39
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I have been shooting one since I was a kid Im now 57 and still shoot that rifle for every thing.
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Good to see the 22-250 love in here. It is my go-to and has killed more deer than anything else in the safe. The only head/neck shots I take with it are on pigs. Everything else is center mass, heart/double lung shots. The blood trails are not heavy and the bullet almost always stays in the animal. I like it that way. It is a hammer. 55 gr. Remington core-lokt is all I have ever used with it.
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Old 10-27-2021, 09:56 AM   #41
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For you guys shooting this caliber for deer what bullet are you guys shooting? Not talking about the neck or head shots. Iím talking about the center mass chest shots. I would assume a good heavy bullet like a 70 grain Accubond or the sorts would be ideal but as mentioned in another post most barrels are not fast enough for this. Maybe a good Barnes bullet in a lighter grain.

I have seen deer shot with 55 grain core lokt on a shoulder shot and the devastation in the chest cavity was gruesome and lots of damage to both shoulders, not a pass through and pieces of jacket all the way up in the front portion of the back strap. It was a smallish doe at 175 yards. I was impressed but figured a more suitable bullet would be ideal. We have a 223 WSSM I would like to hunt with from time time to time but just donít have much faith in the current bullet it likes.
I'm not liking the idea of shrapnel in edible meat portions. I have a .22-250 but would likely use a heavier bullet then the 55 on deer-size things.
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I wouldn’t even think about it for anything bigger than earholed hogs or vermin. My son killed a buck in Runnels Co. one year that was limping. He thought the buck’s leg was broken. Turned out it was an old injury but the buck wouldn’t put that foot on the ground. When we skinned him we found almost no meat on that shoulder. It was barely a half inch covering his scapula. What we did find was a bullet from a centerfire .22 of some description embedded in that scapula. If I wanted to take the chance on wounding deer I’d have no problem using a .22, but I’d rather not chance that. I know a bunch are gonna say how many train loads of deer that they have killed with a 22-250 butI wonder how many would elk hunt with a .243, or moose hunt with a 25-06 ? It’s the same thing !
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I wouldnít even think about it for anything bigger than earholed hogs or vermin. My son killed a buck in Runnels Co. one year that was limping. He thought the buckís leg was broken. Turned out it was an old injury but the buck wouldnít put that foot on the ground. When we skinned him we found almost no meat on that shoulder. It was barely a half inch covering his scapula. What we did find was a bullet from a centerfire .22 of some description embedded in that scapula. If I wanted to take the chance on wounding deer Iíd have no problem using a .22, but Iíd rather not chance that. I know a bunch are gonna say how many train loads of deer that they have killed with a 22-250 butI wonder how many would elk hunt with a .243, or moose hunt with a 25-06 ? Itís the same thing !
bullet placement.
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Been using handloaded Hornady 55 BTSP at 3700fps.

Have only neck shot deer with it. Last one was ranged at 235. Pigs have been ear holed. So no real data on shoulder or behind shoulder shots.
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I'm not liking the idea of shrapnel in edible meat portions. I have a .22-250 but would likely use a heavier bullet then the 55 on deer-size things.
Agreed. IMO, this usually only happens when it hits heavy bone. 95% of the bullets I recover are intact and mushroomed out. I have a pile of them in my truck.
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Old 10-27-2021, 10:25 AM   #46
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I don't have a 22-250 anymore, wish I still had the two we used to have. I have used two different 22-250s to kill deer and hogs. They were very deadly. I only shot deer in the neck and pigs in the head. None shot with either 22-250 moved, other than straight down.

Now I had a buddy who we let borrow one of the 22-250s to kill his first deer, pretty sure he lung shot a doe with it. We told him repeatedly, to where and how to neck shoot the deer, he made a center mass, body shot. We know he shot a doe, from all the info we got, it seemed he shot her through the lungs. We looked for at least two hours, never found her. That was the only time I ever was around when someone shot a deer with a 22-250, that was never recovered, and the only time, one ever ran, after being shot with a 22-250. We were very picky about where and when to shoot deer with the 22-250s.
A heart shot deer with a 22-250 will die quickly, but most likely close to no blood externally. So you are just following tracks, if it's truly a heart shot, the deer should be dead, inside of 50 yards. Lung or liver shots, they may cover a lot more ground, before dying.

I used to love neck shooting deer with either 22-250 we had, would love to have another 22-250. The idea of giving 22-250 to a person who has never hunted or killed anything or very little, hunting experience, in my opinion is a bad idea. You really need to be very picky about where you hit them with those little bullets. Those little bullets will act like a explosive device when they hit, but you don't get much of any blood.
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I wouldnít even think about it for anything bigger than earholed hogs or vermin. My son killed a buck in Runnels Co. one year that was limping. He thought the buckís leg was broken. Turned out it was an old injury but the buck wouldnít put that foot on the ground. When we skinned him we found almost no meat on that shoulder. It was barely a half inch covering his scapula. What we did find was a bullet from a centerfire .22 of some description embedded in that scapula. If I wanted to take the chance on wounding deer Iíd have no problem using a .22, but Iíd rather not chance that. I know a bunch are gonna say how many train loads of deer that they have killed with a 22-250 butI wonder how many would elk hunt with a .243, or moose hunt with a 25-06 ? Itís the same thing !
Guess it comes down to confidence. I wouldn't expect my young one to make the same shot I would.
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Old 10-27-2021, 10:31 AM   #48
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my 9 year old and I got one for Christmas (Ruger American) I changed the stock and did a few little odds and ends but its a shooter....

he hunts deer, i chase predators with it.... ever once in awhile headshoot a doe
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Old 10-27-2021, 10:52 AM   #49
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I use 60gr Nosler partitions in mine and they work very well. Shoot almost all my does and lots of pigs with it. Great little caliber when used right and shot placement is right.
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Old 10-27-2021, 11:44 AM   #50
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bullet placement.
And hoping your $19.99 Amazon scope rings didnít move your zero
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