Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Code-Man

Cartridge Question

15 posts in this topic

I have a Pro Hunter from Thompson Center and am looking at possible getting a lighter barrel for Antelope hunting. I'm just wondering what people suggest for antelope hunting. I think it would be a blast but am just wondering what caliber people would suggest.

Code-Man

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

.243

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

IMO a 6mm is a great goat gun! its ballistics are a hair better than a 243 unless it is an ackley improved!The 243 is a good caliber dont get me wrong!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The .270 would also be a good choice. A good variety of projectile weights and a flat shooter with power to do the job farther out. Depending on the price of a barrel you might consider a new, used rifle. You can get some pretty cheap that would be a very good utility tool. And might as well add to the arsenal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would be getting a barrel for the gun since it would be cheaper that way then to buy another gun and the choices I have are as of currently are:

22-250

223

243

25-06

270

I think it is mainly between the 243 and 25-06 but I was just kinda wondering what some people would recomend. I've been checking it out online and it seems like everyone has there own preference but I think it's pretty dang close between the 243 and 25-06.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would go .270 or .25-06. .270 is much more popular, .25-06 is an awesome caliber but harder to find and more expensive to shoot.

.243 would be fine also, but personally I would choose one of the larger calibers.

Sounds like it's not an option for you but 7mm-08 would be a good choice too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wouldn't think twice - .243. Ammo cheap - many, many loads available - ammo available all over the place - plenty of power for antelope - low recoil - very accurate - great, great caliber.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know a few people who used to live in Montana and still go out there deer hunting in the mountains. They all use .270's because they are very flat shooting and have enough power to kill effectively out to longer ranges.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

.270 is what I will be using when ever I finally get my tag. Shells can be cheap depending on what you want to sepend. I just use Winchester Power Points in 130 grain they are usually around $13 a box. I can shoot a really nice tight group with these shells. I guess the better question is what other type of hunting do you want to do it. Do you want something that you can take a elk, deer, bear with possible? Then you will want a .270 because it will still be very good for speed goats. But if you want to get a gun to have to do some varmit hunting then you might want a .223 or 22-250. A .243 would also be a good middle of the road gun. I have one friend that uses a 25-O6 and he has awesome success with it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've shot a lot of pronghorn (and elk and mule deer) with a 25-06. It's really a fantastic, albeit under-rated caliber. Go with the 100 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip (Federal Premium) on pronghorn and you won't be disappointed. I think the Prohunter has a 28" barrel, which would maximize the powder burn in the 25-06. Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would sell every gun in my cabinet with the exception of my .270.....thus that is my choice

seconded by 25-06 then the 243

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

270/ Ammo availability, Great all around cartridge for just about all game except the biggest of North American Big game.

Cant go wrong, just pick a grain, shape, or type of bullet.

Thus said. I own a 280 and wouldn't change it for the world. I just make sure I take plenty of ammo with me when I go to remote areas. wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a 30-06 bolt action and am just looking for something a little smaller and something a little faster and flatter. I just don't know if I want to get the 243 up to a 25-06. The 25-06 seems like a good one. Just kinda seeing what everyone likes/suggest.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

25-06 is a great choice, so is 7mm-08.

If you like to reload, and are into stuff that is just a little different, the 6.5 x 55 swede is a great round. I think Ruger has that offered in the M77.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The 30-06 has projectile weights down to I think, 130 grains. So just re-sight it in, unless you really want to get another gun... Another gun is always more fun.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Posts

    • monstermoose78

      Posted

      I hope this weekend is better than last!!  I know there is a  lot of ducks around but they have so many places to hide.

    • If you want to stay away from the crowd I would suggest Beacon Harbor I think after jan 1st they don't allow day passes its only beacon harbor and outdoor authority who have houses there. Then they allow only a limited amount of yearly passes.

      Now they don't have all the bells and whistles like a bar and food ect but John and Ann are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Not to mention I personally think it is some of the best.

       

      Now if you needed a bar and food and all that my choices would be Rogers or Westwind

    • fins_n'_feathers

      Posted

      Today was the complete opposite of yesterday. The current coming out of light house gap made a pocket of clear water out in the lake overnight, fished right on the edge of the muddy water in 14 feet of water and went through 3 bags of frozen shiners and caught a bunch on plastics after the minnows were gone. Nothing fantastic for size, only 3 in the slot but nice limits of 14-17 inchers and a ton of smaller fish. Once that muddy water gets blown out or clears up the bite is going to be crazy good!

    • eyeguy 54

      Posted

      212 wondering the same thing maybe?? ;)   

       

    • Agronomist_at_IA

      Posted

    • CigarGuy

      Posted

      I got 4 nice ones last Friday in about 8' to 9' of water in a channel off Wakemup Bay .  It was the last hour of daylight.  Tried a couple times during the day Saturday and right before dark and struck out.

    • 11 hours ago, BringAnExtension said:

      Zach-

      I have been making annual ice fishing trips with friends for about 12 years ago.  We have tried LOTW, Mille Lacs, Red and one other lake that happened to be where we could use a free cabin for a weekend.  With that one exception for the free cabin, we have also rented sleepers.

      We have never made it to Devils Lake, but it is on my personal bucket list just because of the possibility of those monster perch.

      Six years ago, we ended up back on Red and no longer consider any other option.  Here's why:

      • This fishing is good.
      • The Petrowske family are wonderful hosts.
      • No other resort that we have used has come close to being wonderful hosts.  They just didn't put any effort into it.

      Now, I don't know how that you translate to your running portables, but I have never been disappointed with our trips to URL.

      Hope that helps.

      You should definitely try Devils lake I went 3 years ago and had a blast. Not only did we get put on a good perch bite but they put us on an Insane walleye bite the guy said it was about an hour window from when the sun starting setting and boy was he right in that hour I caught walleye after walleye after walleye. As soon as I would start reeling one up another mark would take its place on my graph and I couldn't get my lure down fast enough.

      I am sure Johnny P is all booked up on weekends by now and for some reason some of the guys don't like sleeper houses all though I may push for it this year last year was such a hassle packing everything up for the night loading the trucks having to bring sleds and wheelers. I much rather bring my flasher couple rods and lots of beer. I go fishing enough running and gunning its nice to have a break where you just show up and fish.

       

      I usually go to red 3-4 times a year and last year we did go to red for our work trip as well. Just weighing the options.

       

      Has anyone ever rented house from Arties bait on big stone?

    • DRAGFOOT

      Posted

      I don't know what to say, we crushed em jigging in 30 feet last Friday while getting knocked around in the waves. Anchored up and never moved. Lots of boats on the river already then and not good reports at that point. I was going to go back up for Saturday and if I did I would go straight out to 30 feet again. 

    • delcecchi

      Posted

      Gee, think things might be rigged?  Got to be there in person to bid.  Maybe they would get a better price if bidding were on line?  Of course that would inhibit the buddy system.  Make it inconvenient to bid, get lower bids, make the in crowd happy. 

    • Anyone sniffing any fall-pattern crappies??   Have they found the way to the basin-areas or nearby the basin areas ?   Thanks 



  • Posts

    • monstermoose78
      I hope this weekend is better than last!!  I know there is a  lot of ducks around but they have so many places to hide.
    • ZachD
      If you want to stay away from the crowd I would suggest Beacon Harbor I think after jan 1st they don't allow day passes its only beacon harbor and outdoor authority who have houses there. Then they allow only a limited amount of yearly passes. Now they don't have all the bells and whistles like a bar and food ect but John and Ann are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Not to mention I personally think it is some of the best.   Now if you needed a bar and food and all that my choices would be Rogers or Westwind
    • fins_n'_feathers
      Today was the complete opposite of yesterday. The current coming out of light house gap made a pocket of clear water out in the lake overnight, fished right on the edge of the muddy water in 14 feet of water and went through 3 bags of frozen shiners and caught a bunch on plastics after the minnows were gone. Nothing fantastic for size, only 3 in the slot but nice limits of 14-17 inchers and a ton of smaller fish. Once that muddy water gets blown out or clears up the bite is going to be crazy good!
    • eyeguy 54
      212 wondering the same thing maybe??      
    • Agronomist_at_IA
      Wow 212 views no response?