Small caliber for Small game

Discussion in 'Up To .375' started by Blaserman, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. Blaserman

    Blaserman AH Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2009
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    0
    My Photos:
    9
    Member of:
    North Amercian Hunting Club , SCI Life Menber National , NRA Life Member
    Hunted:
    Africa , Canada, Mexico
    I am doing a small antelope hunt and small cats next year and am thing of taking a .222 I am wondering what Bullet to use with out busting the animal up too bad.
  2. Calhoun

    Calhoun AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2009
    Messages:
    478
    Likes Received:
    0
    My Photos:
    10
    Member of:
    SCI N.E. Wisconsin Chapter - WisNRA
    >>When I went to Africa in 2007 I was considering taking along my 22/250 for shooting the small cats. I contacted Hornady & they said at the time the Barnes 52 gr. bullet was the best on the market. I asked them if this was Hornady or not & he said it was. They just did not have a decent bullet at the time to keep pelt damage to a minimum. I bought a box & worked up a load & loaded the restup. I have shot one Fox with that load & no pelt damage at all!
  3. Blaserman

    Blaserman AH Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2009
    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    0
    My Photos:
    9
    Member of:
    North Amercian Hunting Club , SCI Life Menber National , NRA Life Member
    Hunted:
    Africa , Canada, Mexico
    sounds like a good bullet but 52 gr what is the rest called or is there only one Barnes 52 gr Bullet
  4. Calhoun

    Calhoun AH Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2009
    Messages:
    478
    Likes Received:
    0
    My Photos:
    10
    Member of:
    SCI N.E. Wisconsin Chapter - WisNRA
    They are triple shot X. I didn't keep the box & I had to look in an old catalogue. It appears as though that was 53 gr. bullets . My mistake! They do shoot well though!
  5. Gerhard

    Gerhard AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2009
    Messages:
    246
    Likes Received:
    0
    My Photos:
    80
    Hunted:
    South Africa
    Small cats and antelope are soft.

    The 222Rem is a very fast caliber. If you use a SP bullet and you dont place the bullet perfect and you hit bone your taxidermist is gonna have it work cut out to close the holes.

    I would suggest you use a solid or something as possible to solids to try and reduce wound cavity.

    As said before Barnes bullets should do the trick but you still have to remember that shot placement is very very important.


    Hope this helps.
  6. oscar1975

    oscar1975 AH Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Excellent caliber, as I have read 22-250, although I am of calibers slightly more powerful like for example 224 Weatherby and if you throw something bigger 257 Weatherby.

    Oscar.
  7. marshy

    marshy AH Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    0
    If you handload, you could also look at getting a 6x45 built :)

Share This Page