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What would be the best rifle caliber for Prairie dogs to shooting it for deer?
i'm probably going to have someone disagree but i have pictures to back them up prairie dog at 700+ whitetail doe @ 429 mule doe @ 507 antelope doe @ 398 all with .22-250 1 shot none ran more than 15 yards if they did run. but another top choice would be a 6mm
I would say a .204 or a 22-250. But if your shooting alot I would recommend a .223, less expense when it comes to ammo.
.600 Nitro......;)!!!! No, I would say .243, 6mm, .308....cant go wrong with any of them. :)!!!!
22 hours and 15 min. until deer opener!!!! :D!!!
My head isn't on straight today, deer hunitng on my mind. My answer was obvously geared towards prarie dogs only. .204 is not a legal caiber for deer. I'm sure you know this, just clarifying to cover my a$$.....
.243 is a great combo gun though, as Mr. Jiffy said....... :)
My vote would go to the .25-06, especially if deer are on the menu. I
know *some* folks have good to great results with the 6mms and .22s
on deer, but they tend to be quite experienced hunters and better than
average marksmen. Have had to trail and follow up *way* too many deer
hit with the smaller calibres, where a less experienced hunter has either
misplaced the shot slightly, or used an unsuitable bullet and had it blow
on the shoulder. The more toward the varmint end of the spectrum you
go, IMHO, the more precisely you have to place the shot, or it's going to
be a *long* day trying to catch up to a wounded animal. For smaller than
deer, the 6mms and larger .22s are OK, but once you get to deer, you
really need to have had some hunting experience under your belt, and
be able to place your shots with precision to use them effectively and
humanely. (again, IMHO)
Some say the .25-06 is too much for prairie dogs, but with the 75 gr.
Hornady V-max, it's as good as any of the 6mms. Recoil is quite
moderate, even with 120 gr. deer loads, and won't bother any but the
most sensitive shoulder. With varmint loads, there isn't much difference
in recoil between the .25-06 and the 6mms with equal bullet weights.
Another *really* overlooked cartridge that would be dandy for dogs to
deer is the .257 Roberts. Shades a bit more toward the varmint end of
things vs. the .25-06, but still has good punch on deer with 117-120
Actually, if one has the funds, one is probably better served by having
a smaller calibre rifle for the varmints, and a larger calibre for deer, but
if you're restricted to just one rifle, hard to go wrong with the .25-06,
well u better get your head out of your hatt when your out deer hunting...do u know who the current president is..
I think his name is Dick n Busch
I would have to vote for the .243, but have had no experience with the 25-06. Just know that availability of ammo is better for the .243 in case ya forget your ammo on a trip. Why not look at the Handi-Rifle, $250 (or thereabouts) for the gun and about $100 for another barrel. Yeah, it's a single shot, but their accuracy is excellent. Then you can afford to have more than 1 caliber rifle and the option for several calibers without breaking the bank.
i'd have to agree with whitebass on the 25-.06. i shoot one and use it for prairie dog, coyote and deer. only thing about it is it wears you out after an afternoon of shooting prairie dogs. still a very versatile gun.
I would also have to agree with the .243. It's all I ever used for awhile, I loaded 55 grainers for prairie dogs and coyotes and loaded 70 grainers for deer. Worked great for all three. Shot several large mule deer with it at 300 plus yards and it was extremely accurate.
I have had both the 243 & 2506, Here are my thoughts, the 243 is marginal on deer unless you hit them just right, it's an excellent varmint calibur. I like my 2506 better than I did my 243 and here are the reasons why. I use 85 grain bullets for the varmints they fly better then the 75 grainers in the 2506. I have shot deer and antelope with the 2506 and it does a much better job than the 243 did. I also can say I can't tell the difference in recoil between the two.
If I were you I would go with the 243. I have had good luck with it for deer and prairie dogs. It has a 58 gr bullet and up to 100gr ,and it is a very accurate rifle.
I'm with Sweeney's way of thinking on this. Everyone has gone Magnum crazy in my opinion, when I hear people say that the .243 is "marginal" for deer I wonder if they shouldn't pay more attention to shot placement and less attention to what the shooting magazines say. I've shot a lot of deer with a .243 and it never appeared to me that it made any difference to them that they were shot with a marginal deer caliber.
A .22-250 may be a little on the light side for someone who only shoots their rifle a couple times a year, but a .300 Winchester Magnum won't kill them if you hit them in the lower front leg.
In my opinion recoil is the biggest contributor to missed shots so get something you can shoot without flinching and have at it. I wonder how many deer and elk were shot with 30-30's when people hunted to feed their families through the winter instead of for sport?
I vote 243, 58 thru 117 grain lead available, plenty of punch for deer, and light enough for varmintting with little pelt damage. And contrary to popular belief, many unskilled marksman (children) shoot their first deer with this caliber, no kick, fast, flat and downright accurate. tried and proven. grain for grain as fast as a 22 250 with a better choice of bullets
i have to agree on the .243 there some days i'll take that over the .270 deer hutning and the ntheres days were i'd rather shoot that at dogs over my decked out .223....and most ofhte time a .243 even wit ha "marginal shot" will knock a deer down as long as its not shot right threw the guts......for example say theres 2 guys shooting at a mule doe 500+ yards last day of season and they unload and can't hit it......some lady comes along well they are still standing there and says " i'll shwo you how its done" and she gets a study rest and squeezes off her shot and the doe drops in her tracks...............or if the deers just standing there shoot it i nthe spine even with the smallest caliber that deer won't move if you can shoot it in the neck or spine every time