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    Ok guys, I have a 22-250 or a .270. Is the 22-250 to small to hunt wolf? And is my .270 to big? I'm going on a wolf hunt in the martan river area after Christmas just want to know if I need to buy a new gun?

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    I'd use what ever your more comfortable shooting. Both would down a wolf. I would probably use the .270 myself



    Only reason I say that is wolves rarely stand still for long, You might have to take a less than perfect shot. I'd want a bit more knock-down power with the .270, But I wouldn't hesitate for one second at taking a shot at a wolf with my .22-250. Using 55g bullet.

    Good luck and post pictures if you get any. I may head up to my camp for a wolf hunt next week, If we get a bit of snow I likely will.



    EDIT: Does sound like a excellent excuse for a new gun. A .243 or .25.06 would fit the bill nicely. Even 6mm or .260 rem.
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    I would highly recommend your 270. Timber wolves can average 3 times the size of a coyote and are more in line with the body mass of a small deer. You will need knock down power for such an animal and the 270 is a perfect long range shooter as well. Choosing a bullet load in the 130 to 150 grain load will do the trick. Good luck with your hunt!

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    We shot a female this year at deer camp. She weighed over 75 lbs and was clesrly the smallest in a pack of 4. The guy who did the shooting is a guy who specializes in trapping wolves and has had a registered trap line in Gogama for 25 yrs and has accounted for the demise of uncountable wolves and swears the biggest in the pack would have easily weighed over 100lbs. I would use the 270 and then you know your bullet will go end to end if needed. They can be big buggers.
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    If you look at Chris Lavoie post about wolf hunting, he recommends a .243 and has no problem taking them with a .22 mag
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    I always wanted a new 260 .but with a 22 250 in the safe can I justify a 260 .I think I can as it would make a great whitetail rig ,think I will be watching the EE to see if I can find a deal on a 260 .haha ,I would have no problem using the 22 250 on wolves Dutch

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    If you like the 22-250 just go with a better bullet for wolf. Perhaps a 60 gr Nosler partition. I'd stay away from ballistic tip varmint rounds that expand instantly.

    The 270 will will likely work better than the 22 250 if you have a minimal bullet and/or a less than perfect shot.

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    I'd be happy with a .22-250 shooting heavy bullets. Totally agree with Skypilot, as always.

    I hear ya about the .260 Remington as well. I have its close cousin, the .257 Roberts. And the 7mm-08 Remington. Either of those rifles is what I would take wolf hunting, and frankly, the 7mm-08 with a 130-grain bullet is not so different from your .270 in real-world performance. My Roberts shoots 110-grain Interbonds well and I would be quite confident to 300+ yards with it. Broadside, I'd trust your 22-250 with a decent 60-grainer about as far. Further, if I trusted my shooting more, but I don't shoot at game past about 200- yards.

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    7mm-08 great wolf caliber.Thats what I use.

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