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Old April 7, 2000, 12:56 PM   #1
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What is your favorite cartridge for hunting pronghorns and why? Anybody use a .270?
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Old April 7, 2000, 03:28 PM   #2
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Have not done the pronghorn thing yet, but several friends do so often. The .25-06 and the .257 Weatherby seem to be the cartridges of choice. Several others I know use .243s and .270.

If you have a .270 it should be quite effective.

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Old April 7, 2000, 07:08 PM   #3
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The 270 is a most impressive round using todays new "factory" loads. You might want to chek out the Hornady 140 grn load.

This load works great out to 400 yds...not that anyone needs to shoot that far to kill a "goat"

If you want more there are several "custom reloading/loading" houses that can cook you up about anything you want.

I shoot a 270 a bunch and have taken elk out to 300 yds with it with these new loads. A little ole antelope at 300+ is no match for a well placed 140grn or good 130grn bullet for that matter.

It all goes back to the same story....a well placed shot... You don't need tons of energy or light speed velocity just practice....practice.


"single shot shooters only shoot once"
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Old April 7, 2000, 07:43 PM   #4
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try the 25-06.its got a flat trajectory and it has alot of factory loadings available.
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Old April 7, 2000, 09:42 PM   #5
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Been shooting "goats" for 30 years. Guess I am lucky to live right in the middle of Wyoming. I have shot them with everything from a .243 to .375. The .270 works great. As will a .243, 6mm .257 Roberts and so on.

Now a days I hunt them with a bow. Still I have my favorite antelope rifle on stand by. A custom Sako in .250 Ackley Improved.
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Old April 8, 2000, 07:27 AM   #6
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your 250 is just the stuff.want action did you build it on ect.?what scope did you use.i am coming to wy in 0ct for an elk drawn this year.where are you at?
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Old May 6, 2000, 12:20 PM   #7
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Maybe not practical for a new gun, but mine has to be my Grandfathers pre-64 model 70 in 264 mag with 26" barrel and Leupold 4.5X14 VIII with AO. My handloads of 120 gr nosler ballistic tips run about 3300 fps, and prints three shots in 1/3" at 100 yds. longest shot (from a good rest) was 399 paces (i am 6'4"). The shot blew out much of the heart and lungs for 20 feet on the other side of the small antelope. I have a hard time taking it our anymore for sentimental reasons ( and my brothers wont let me if they can help it.).

So now I use a Rem 700 KSS in 30-06 with 165 gr BTs at 2850fps. I guess I like that gun so much I use it for everything smaller than elk nowadays. I know that is a larger caliber than needed, but I like to see the animal just drop at the shot instead of run for a ways. All of the antelope that I have shot with that load (three big males) just dropped in their tracks instantly. I think that makes the meat taste better when they don't run.

Thanks for the question, it was nice remembering.

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Old May 8, 2000, 08:34 AM   #8
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ron.i am sorry your sako had to depart your world.its a nice rifle.i havent got to shoot it yet but i think its up to the task.i have a ?.did you ever clean the barrel?it looks dirty.
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Old May 8, 2000, 01:55 PM   #9
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.280 Remington. My handloads, 139 Gr, Hornady Interlock, 56 grs. IMR4350, or 140 Nosler Partition, same powder load.

Both my rifles, a Rem. Mdl. 725, and a full custom Pachmayr, 1909 Arg. DWM Mauser action, Apex bbl, Canjar trigger, etc etc, will shoot both those loads into 3/4".

The three "cantalopes" I've taken went down without any trouble, or extra shots necessary. Works for me. J.B.
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Old May 9, 2000, 10:37 AM   #10
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Savage 116 fsak 30-06 in stainless with a tasco world class 3x9 stainless finish scope and burris stainless high mount rings.

Sierra 165 grain game king spitzer boat tail soft point in remington brass, winchester primers and 56 grains of accurate arms 3100.

Drop at 300 is right at 7 inches when sighted in an inch and a half high at 100 yards, zero is 200. You don't need much bullet to kill a lope but your placement is critical. the kill zone is small and its easy to waste meat. Take the moste accurate rifle/bullet combo you can. (most shots will still be around 100 yards) My longest 1 shot kill with this round is 325 yards from a kneeling position with a military sniper sling for suport.

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Old May 11, 2000, 09:19 AM   #11
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Well, having collected only one antelope, I can't say as I have a "favorite". I used my '06 on a quartering frontal shot; hit him just inside the point of the right front shoulder with the exit just behind the left shoulder. 100, at most 125 yards.

He just crumpled in his tracks.

I had my '06, since I was hunting in front of strangers. It's one thing to goof in front of buddies; just makes for good campfire tales. But in front of strangers?

On that shot, in that situation, my .243 would have been plenty good. As I have read. But to get back to the original question, a .270 would have done just fine, and out to 300 yards equally fine.

The more important thing, overall, is that it was good people, a beautiful day, lots of antelope around, and a few nice mule deer bucks. And the taxidermist stretched the hide over that shoulder-mount, where he looks like he would have dressed out around 150! (He was probably 90 to 100, on the ground...)

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