View Full Version : how far is a 22-250 accurate on a coyote
10-15-2007, 05:52 PM
my dad might by a 22-250 for me to use on yotes at longer ranges but i was jsut wondering what the maximum range is
10-15-2007, 08:17 PM
About as far as you can hit em. But really 400 to 500 yards is more realistic just practice shooting at long range and you should be able to do the same.
10-15-2007, 09:49 PM
Yep that sounds good but when you see all of those guys on TV shoot them from 500 yards it's not like it's their first shot at a coyote. It probably took them a good number of kills under their belt to pick them off at that distance and even sometimes running. I am getting better myself but not great yet I tried picking one off that busted us trotting probably at 350 with my .223 my buddies saw that I was maybe a couple inches to his right but PRACTIC, PRACTICE is what I always get told.
10-16-2007, 08:15 AM
I really don't think you can put an "accurate" distance on a gun. I mean when you buy one they don't tell you that you will be able to hit stuff "accurately" out to so and so yards. A gun's accuracy has a lot more to do with the bulet you are shooting than anything. Different bullets are meant to do differnt things, so that is why people don't say that a rife is accurate out to 300 yards, because if you know the ballistics of your bullet and your scope is dialed in, who is to say you couldn't shoot out to 600 or 700? I would study your bullets more than how far you think your gun will shoot. I am not dissagreeing with the 400-500 yard statement, but the balistics relaly tell you how far you can shoot. Accurately is a whole other ball game, becasuse that has nothing to do with the gun, that's just you.
10-16-2007, 07:47 PM
The range you shoot also depends on the accuracy of the rifle and the quality of the scope. You may get luckey and get a new rifle that shoots 1/2 inch groups with factory ammo or its best may be 3 inch groups. Its not uncommon to have to give a new rifle a tune up to get it to shoot small 100 Yd groups. A tune up may include glass bedding the action, free floating the barrel , adjusting the trigger pull, and a few may need the bolt locking lugs lapped and the barrel muzzle recrowned. The other progect is learning how to reload ammo to find what bullet the rifle likes. A rifleman-women also need to know the drop of the bullet at various ranges and wind drift. A 55 Gr bullet from the 22-250 has the ft/lb energy to drop a coyote at five hundred yards but it takes a fine rifleman-women with an accurate rifle to get the job done. I like shots within 250 Yds. with my 22-250 or 220 Swift.
10-18-2007, 12:11 PM
Get the highest power scope and let em fly as far as you can see.
10-18-2007, 01:06 PM
I think the question should be HOW far can a 22/250 RELIABLY kill a coyote...
Just past 350 or so is reliable killing range for a 22/250 on a yote. If you want to shoot them further get a 243 or a 6mm for a whole host or reasons. My old long range standby 25/06 has been replaced by a new 6MM Ackley imp. which shoots 107 and 105 grn bullets around 3500 fps. Topped with a nightforce 12 x 42 br, coyotes are in trouble out to 1000 yds. give or take. Precise longrange shooting requires good rifles, great glass, light triggers and well tuned actions.
Keeping in mind the kill zone on a yote is about a 5 inch circle and also keeping in mind a 1" moa rifle is at best a 5" moa rifle at 500, wind, temp, and light conditions not withstanding. Then most shots will be marginal shots with a 22/250. I would rate a 22/250 higher but the majority of 22/250 rifles have a 1-14 twist barrel and won't stabilize a 70 grain bullet well let alone a 60 or 65.
10-20-2007, 06:14 AM
I think the better question is ,How accurate are you on coyotes at long distances with a 22-250?
10-22-2007, 08:44 AM
THANK YOU Sammy! Finally some one understands that you can't put a distance on a gun or how "accuate it is!" You made my day Sammy!
10-26-2007, 10:51 AM
Sammy is right, a 22-250 can shoot for days. I wouldn't want to shoot at anything past 500 yards myself. But the other half of this is how well can you judge distance. Coyotes rarely stop long enough for a hunter to get their rangefinder out and get a reading, then get their gun ready and adjust for the distance of the shot. I shoot a 22-250 with 40 grain Nosler Ballistic Tips and I know that out to about 350 yards if I aim high on the shoulder, my loads shoot flat enough that I will drop it somewhere in the kill zone. Knowing the range of your target and the ballistics of your gun is one of the most important parts of being an ethical and successful hunter.
10-26-2007, 11:16 AM
i've shot 22-250s for 20 years at yotes in kansas, my longest kill shot has been 425 steps, i don't own a range finder, because of the wind in kansas i wasn't all that comfortable with that shot. point is, the rifle is all kinds of capable at that range, i'm not!!
10-30-2007, 08:41 AM
Well you guys are right it is up to the person shootig the gun and being able to put a tartget on a yote at 500 yards is super tough. In reallity who needs to shoot that far a goodhunter will bring them in to shotgun range. But the 22-250 is capable of 500 yards and that was question.
10-30-2007, 09:18 AM
Keep in mind that any .22 caliber bullet is going to be dramatically affected by wind at any range over 300 yards. On top of that, the retained energy out to 500 yards is slipping fast. Unless you are VERY good at doping the wind and placing a shot at that range, work on calling the yote closer.
When shooting Pdogs, its amazing the effect a .22-250 has on a dog at 300 yards. Its literally explosive. Move that dog out to over 400 yards, its a little hole, not a blow-up.
10-31-2007, 05:37 AM
Energy is good out to 500. That is a long shot at esentally a half gallon milk jug of vitals.
10-31-2007, 08:54 AM
I just did a quick run of ballistics on a load using 60 grain bullets. At 500 yards, the bullet has slowed to 1600 fps and 341 ft/lbs of energy. If you were trying to dope the wind, a 10 mph crosswind would move the bullet close to 37".
Let's see, 6" vital zone.....
How fast was the wind blowing again???
Quick, he's running!!
10-31-2007, 10:13 AM
probably 20 to 25, standing still, never hit a vital, broke his back, complete luck!
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