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    Antelope gun question

    Hello,

    I am looking into getting a gun for hunting antelope. I currently use a 30/06 for elk and deer. I was thinking of just reloading using some 150 grain 30/06 loads but then I would have to adjust my scope again for elk and deer with my normal 180s. I also hunt for meat so I am a little worried the 30/06 is a little much for doe antelope. My friend tells me to get a .22-250 for antelope. I am also looking at .243, 25/06, or 7mm-08 as well. I know that everyone will argue a little about this, but I am just looking for some insight and opinions.

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    Your 30-06 would be just fine for antelope. Meat damage is more the result of where you hit them then 30 cal vs say 24. If you want a new gun for antelope any of the calibers you mentioned would work well. I think 22 cal was just recently made legal in WY but Im not sure it is legal to hunt with in any other states. I really like the 22-250 for yotes but to me 22 cal is a bit on the light side for antelope although Im sure it would get the job done. I usually use my 270 win for antelope but last year I used my old 30-30 Winchester just because I wanted to do something different. With that said if I was getting a dedicated antelope gun my personal choice wound be the 243 Winchester.

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    A .243 with a 55 grain bullet is a wicked antelope gun. That is what my wife shoots. I shoot a 25-06 with a 85 grain bullet it is pretty wicked as well. I agree with MM, the .22 cal is a little light. If I had to choose between a 30-06 and a 22-250 for antelope ,I'd take the 06 any day. In Wyoming you will fight wind quite regular & the .22 cal will drift! It is all about shot placement, punch it through the lungs broadside! You will not waste any meat!
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    I like the 25-06 for this application. Great for antelope and deer sized game. However, placement and bullet choice are more important than the actual cartridge choice.

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    25-06.....hands down!
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    25-06 all the way

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    I like my .243 Sako and have killed my last three antelope with it when the wind was insignificant. When the wind starts blowing out there like it can I then put it away and use my heavy barrel 25-06 Ruger M77. It's a very underrated cartridge and I like it for deer too. In the .243 I load 100 grain Hornady BTSPs and in the 25-06 I use their 117 grain BTSPs.

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    I like 180 Bergers out of a 7STW.

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    I love the 22-250 for antelope. We mostly meat hunt and with a 50 grain ballistic tip in the lungs there won't be an once of meat lost. I am yet to see one walk further than 50 feet or stay standing more than 30 seconds.

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    What Big Sky said except I get more range from the 168 Berger in 7mm, also much better in the wind.

 

 

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