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MN Hunter
09-13-2011, 09:12 AM
I am going on a wolf hunt later this year and I need a rifle. I already have a .243 I could use but I'm thinking about buying a .22-250. A .223 is an option also. Which would you go with?

Bitterroot Bulls
09-13-2011, 09:30 AM
I like the .243 out of your choices.

Good luck gettin' one of 'em!

Big Sky
09-13-2011, 08:16 PM
.243 would work great but if you want a new rifle get one of each.

trkytrack2
09-13-2011, 10:45 PM
.243 no question.

Drhorsepower
09-13-2011, 11:28 PM
.243. No debate. If you must purchase a new rifle I would go with a .220 swift over a 22-250 only if you reload though.

sjsmallfield
09-19-2011, 06:18 PM
I would go with the .243 for wolves. The 22-250 would work also but if it was me I would lean towards the heavier caliber for more knock down power.

catman
10-26-2011, 01:36 PM
The 243 is the best choice of those listed. I have rolled 2 coyotes with my car 223 that then got up and ran off. I watched and followed both as far as was possible and neither slowed down. I do not have this problem with my 22-250 or 243 on coyotes. Wolves are larger and tougher and would recommend even a 270.

7mmshot
01-08-2012, 03:46 PM
22-250 way fast and no wolf will get away.

BigSurArcher
01-08-2012, 05:02 PM
Take a .223... that way if you shoot one wolf and happen to lose it, you can go after another one!

Actually, I really like the .223. Really fun gun to shoot and reload for. I picked up this Weatherby Vanguard last year and did some work to make it a real tack driver.

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb207/tharney/DSC01102-2.jpg

buckbull
01-08-2012, 06:59 PM
Like everyone else, of the lot I'd say .223. I wouldn't hesitate to go with something bigger either like a .25-06.

T43
01-09-2012, 10:14 AM
243 would be fine. I take my 220 swift when I go after them though. Now we just need some tracking snow.

Drhorsepower
01-09-2012, 10:17 AM
243 would be fine. I take my 220 swift when I go after them though. Now we just need some tracking snow.

I love my .220 swift. My favorite cartridge.

HuntWYODon
01-09-2012, 02:52 PM
Hey DHP,
I'd go with a .243 just for the ME at longer ranges. I'm sure a 22-250 or .223 would do the job though.
I'd use my T.C. Hunter 28 in. barrel in .243. I spits them out 300 fps. faster than my 22 in. barrel Mod. 70 .243. I can shoot an 80-85 gr. bullet as fast as my 22-250 with a 55 gr. . That's the only reason "I" would !

Drhorsepower
01-09-2012, 03:19 PM
Hey DHP,
I'd go with a .243 just for the ME at longer ranges. I'm sure a 22-250 or .223 would do the job though.
I'd use my T.C. Hunter 28 in. barrel in .243. I spits them out 300 fps. faster than my 22 in. barrel Mod. 70 .243. I can shoot an 80-85 gr. bullet as fast as my 22-250 with a 55 gr. . That's the only reason "I" would !

Earlier I posted of the three I would also choose .243 because of bullet weight, I agree with you Completely. It doesn't change the fact that I still love my swift😁. It shoots a 52gr at 3980 while my .243 shoots 3730 with a 58gr. Vmax. I also wouldn't want to take my swift hunting due to that heavy barrel. I have never seen a wild in person but they look huge!

HuntWYODon
01-09-2012, 04:38 PM
DHP,
I saw that but I felt like shooting my mouth off anyway !
I know what you mean. My 22-250 is a heavy barrel also.

xtreme
01-26-2012, 03:56 PM
I bought a Remington 700 22-250 for a ranch gun. The ranch gun is now my go to gun, the more I shoot it the better I like it. I have both regular 243 and wssm 243. The wssm shoot a 55gr at 4060m but and is very accurate but is also too loud for most of my use.
I am reloading my 22 with 52gr Hornady A-Max starting with 380 powder. The reason for calibers so close together is Colorado, the 243 is not legal for small game and the 222-250 is not legal for large game. I also have a heavy barrell 22-250 that needs a job. I can't shoot paper all the time.
I killed a bear spot and stalk with the wssm 243 but I won't try that again. My Browing 7mm will be the next weapon I carry on spot and stalk bear, with 168 berger I might add.
I would perfer the 7mm for wolf, just because I want to make sure to get his hide.

Ranchhand02
01-27-2012, 04:25 PM
I have shot numerous deer and coyotes with my 22-250. I have never had to track anything that I shot with my 22-250. It is probably my favorite rifle that I own. I would recomend getting one.

packer58
01-27-2012, 07:15 PM
The 22-250 is one fine small game burner............if you brew your own handloads it gets even better.

Colorado Cowboy
01-28-2012, 07:11 AM
I built a 22-250 back in the 60's before it was even a factory round, great varmint caliber. It has it's limitations on larger animals and like all the lighter calibers is very wind sensitive. My brother now has it...wish I had never let him talk me out of it!!! I now have a custom .220 Ackley Improved Swift that I built. I shoot prairie dogs and coyotes with it. The only thing thing that I would be concerned about is I use a pretty light bullet (55 gr) and it does not really penetrate well because it is going so fast (4200" MV). Yotes don't run very far if they don't go down immediately, but a wolf is a lot larger. It also makes a pretty nasty hole, ruins lots of hide. If a wolf gets shot and runs away, so be it....I know it won't live and I've done what I started out to do. ELIMINATE one!

Muleys 24/7
01-28-2012, 08:55 PM
http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff431/JKjeepin24/408.jpg
my 22-250 drops coyotes in there tracks

Shaun
01-29-2012, 10:31 AM
I own all 3 calibers 223, 22-250, and 243 all remington 700's and I love my 22-250 at most took a bit but with the right load work I have my 22-250 shooting 4300 fps and grouping .39" at 100 yards not bashing the other calibers as I love them as well. I would also look at cost of ammunition if you are going to buy factory bullets 22-250 would prob not be the way to go at 40-55$ a box it puts a hurtin on the wallet.

7mmshot
02-03-2012, 12:15 AM
I don't see how a 22-250 wouldn't kill a wolf. Shot placement is everything. I watched my sister kill a mule deer buck at 380 yards with one shot with a 22-250.
But, again shot placement is everything

Shaun
02-03-2012, 07:15 AM
I agree with 7mm especially if you go with a 55g bullet. Shot placement is everything I have killed a few pigs with mine with a 36g varmit grenade by Barnes temple shots but still killed them instantly.