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View Poll Results: can you hit a prairie dog at 650 yards with a .22-250
oh yea all day long with factory ammo 1 3.57%
well if the wind was just right with match ammo yea 8 28.57%
if he is an expert marksman with hand loads, sure 6 21.43%
not unless he was using a giant bullet and way too much powder, can you say "overpressure"? 1 3.57%
sure if he took 10-20 shots, one might hit once 7 25.00%
he is full of crap, not in a million years 5 17.86%
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:05 PM
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Default how far can you shoot a 22-250 reliably

I have a friend who claims he shot a prairie dog at 625 yards with 22-250 Weatherby. apperantly the fine wood used in the stock will make it reach out that far when I asked him about brass, load, primers velocity, bullets and twist rate, he did not want to talk about it anymore is he full of B.S. or could that be done?
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It can be done. How consistently is a whole nother question though.
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I rolled a ground squirrel at 550 yards (off the bench at 5 dogs range on the 500 meter ram line) with my 22.250 but that was after 4 shots and I was already shooting at the metal gong before he showed up.

At anything over 400 yards I switch to a bigger gun, either my 243 or my 6.5x284

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damb nice shooting! what did you do that 732 with?
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damb nice shooting! what did you do that 732 with?
Looks like 6.5
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I have a friend who claims he shot a prairie dog at 625 yards with 22-250 Weatherby. apperantly the fine wood used in the stock will make it reach out that far when I asked him about brass, load, primers velocity, bullets and twist rate, he did not want to talk about it anymore is he full of B.S. or could that be done?
You did mean .22-250 Remington in a Weatherby rifle, correct?

Anyway, I've seen ground squirrels taken all day long at 300-400 yards w/ factory loads, no prob, on a pretty basic (yet decent) Winchester set-up. I would have to imagine 600+ is quite possible with a good setup (although I haven't seen it).

But since you're buddy was quick to brag about the 625 yd. shot and not give specifics, I call BS on your friend.
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Looks like 6.5

Yep, bigger gun, 6.5x284
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Hitting the first shot is proof that its doable, hitting it after 5 or 6 is luck. If he doesn't know what load he was using he doesn't know much about what he shooting.

There's lots of BS in rifle shooting. I was reading a article reviewing a 16" AR. The scope being used was a Trijicon ACOG TA01. The author said its a great scope and we was able to shoot 2.5" groups at 500 meters with it. Talk about BS, if you clamped the rifle in a vise and shot it maybe you could get a 2.5 group at 500 but with a 4X scope of a bench?
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he never said it was the first shot. in fact he just clammed up when I asked about it. I do not know two much about the .22-250, I understand that they max out at about 70 grain. that just seem like a long way for 158 grain to be consistent
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he never said it was the first shot. in fact he just clammed up when I asked about it. I do not know two much about the .22-250, I understand that they max out at about 70 grain. that just seem like a long way for 158 grain to be consistent
Most if not all 22.250's come with a 1:14" twist which means that they will not stabilize many bullets over about 55 grains. At 3700 fps or so you can see that 600 yards is a long way for a 55 grain pill.
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Hitting the first shot is proof that its doable, hitting it after 5 or 6 is luck. If he doesn't know what load he was using he doesn't know much about what he shooting.

There's lots of BS in rifle shooting. I was reading a article reviewing a 16" AR. The scope being used was a Trijicon ACOG TA01. The author said its a great scope and we was able to shoot 2.5" groups at 500 meters with it. Talk about BS, if you clamped the rifle in a vise and shot it maybe you could get a 2.5 group at 500 but with a 4X scope of a bench?
I was not able to get this kind of grouping, but I could hit 8" groups with the stock M16A2 sights at 500 yards all day in the Marines (in prone position, no bipod of course). I imagine with a scope 2.5" is possible. .223 is a very accurate round, just don't expect to kill much at that range.
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I am just wondering who voted for "oh yea all day long with factory ammo"
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I am just wondering who voted for "oh yea all day long with factory ammo"

Someone without a clue!
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My longest confirmed kill with a .22-250 on a ground squirrel was 357 yards. This was in 1992 with the factory 22" sporter barrel on my 1976 Ruger M77 (left factory in 1976, but not a Liberty edition). I was 19 and rolled my own loads. The barrel was re-crowned before I received it for my 13th birthday, as it had some pitting at the muzzle. My best group at the time was 5/16", but I couldn't get reliable groups with it. Perhaps I was never letting the barrel cool properly, or perhaps there was some other pitting in the bore. I doubt I could have duplicated it. I was able to get consistent rockchuck and squirrel kills out to 300 yards, but things just fell apart after that.

I ended up having it rebarreled at Pac-Nor in 2002, and finally broke it in in 2006. I haven't put many rounds through it since then. I haven't handloaded since I was 19, but with factory Hornady 55 gr. non-moly VMAX, I was able to get a pretty decent 100 yd group. After breaking in the barrel, I have only shot three groups with it. My first of three was the attached picture. Shots 1, 2, 3, and 5 are on the right side. I'll call the 4th shot, on the left, as a flier (it makes me feel better ). Specifics on the barrel are 24", 1:12, 3-groove, #5 Sporter contour, Stainless Steel Super Match. I would imagine that when I start handloading again, and start shooting squirrels and chucks again, 400 yard shots shouldn't be that difficult. I'm looking forward to my first 400 yard kill and am hoping I can reach a little farther with no wind. I shot a rockchuck at my parent's ranch on 2/4/07 that was 250 yards out. It was a walk in the park.

I'd say a 625 yard shot is possible, but I don't think your friend is capable of it. If he can't give you specifics, then it's a BS story. I've got a hunch he doesn't even know his ballistics, so even if he did, it was a total luck shot. Fancy Weatherby wood is certainly not the answer.
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