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WOLF .Caliber ??

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by CPLofMARINES, Jul 3, 2013.


    CPLofMARINES Well-Known Member

    I read a piece a while back and the author said that a
    .270 Win. would be the minimum rifle caliber that he
    Would advise for wolf hunting. He did not specify bullet
    Weight. What do you all think ??
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I think if a 22-250 or .243 wouldn't kill it DRT?

    I wouldn't want to try it with a .270 either.

  3. avs11054

    avs11054 Well-Known Member

    Dont know anything about how tough the skin is, but as far as size goes, I dont see why .223 wouldn't work.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    A wolf is nothing more then an overgrown wild dog.

    The skin is thin as animal skin goes, and they are not armor plated, or bullet-proof.

    If you put an explosive HV varmint bullet through their chest, they will die just like any other wild dog after quickly drowning in their own blood.

  5. tahunua001

    tahunua001 Well-Known Member

    load of crap. one of the first wolves taken in montana after it was allowed was taken by a little young lady with a 22LR.

    any centerfire will do the trick. the author may not feel comfortable taking anything smaller but a 150LB wolf sure isn't much of a match for just about any of the popular hunting cartridges in the US.
  6. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I don't know, I killed one with a 9x19 once that attacked me. Okay, it was a chow lookin' mutt, but close. :D
  7. BigN

    BigN Well-Known Member

    Out west I hear they call a 257 Weatherby the perfect wolf caliber. I don't see why a 243 or even 220 Swift or 22-250 couldn't handle an overgrown coyote.
  8. saturno_v

    saturno_v Well-Known Member

    I do not think anything below a 338 Winchester Magnum would be effective on a wolf....actually I would suggest a 375 H&H as minimum...
  9. Lloyd Smale

    Lloyd Smale Well-Known Member

    any caliber capable of humanely taking a whitetail would take a wolf.
  10. ID-shooting

    ID-shooting Well-Known Member

    Thermonuclear? Sorry, not fond of them.
  11. caribou

    caribou Well-Known Member

    Ive used a .22mag many many a time, its one of the best "Fur" rounds out there....as well as what was in my hands, usually a Mosin Nagant. The wife too caught a dandy with one up the pazooza , as it ran away, and she added no holes to the hide.

    The hide is thin, Wolves are narrow chested, and often, a .22 Mag go's all the way through, especially behind the shoulders..... When using a larger rifle, I use FMJ's, and I prefer the hipower'd rifle to "close the gap" as the Wolves speed away, full tilt..... :D
  12. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I used to think a .22 mag pretty worthless, too much for squirrel, too little for anything else. Then, I happened into one in a trade and I love the thing. It usually rides in the truck with me now days and it's my go to chicken coop protection. It's not that bad on squirrel, it takes rabbits, and I'd pop a pig in the head with it in a heartbeat. :D Little light for pigs, head shot required, but this thing is near MOA accurate at a full 100 yards, flat shootin' beast, too. I've done in a feral dog once, big one after my buddy's goats, with a .22LR NAA mini revolver from 20 yards. I don't think the .22 mag from a rifle lacks much on that. :D
  13. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

    My aunt shot a German Shepherd that was after a horse colt with a .22LR out of the rifle my uncle kept behind the kitchen door.

    It almost made it to the road before it died, but one shot did it in. If I were deliberately going out to hunt wolves, the rifle's caliber would probably not be a huge consideration, since just about anything would do one in within its range. I'd probably just use my .243 if I was going to go on a wolf hunt right now, since it's my main hunting rifle and I have loads for it made up.

    Since wolves in this state are completely off limits, I'll just stick with taking it after coyotes, javelina, and deer.
  14. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    I did a little homework while I was watching "The Grey" the other night. They are savage to a degree most of us never think about, but they aren't that big. My main concern wouldn't be about whether or not a given bullet is good enough, but more whether or not you would get a shot at all.
  15. 25cschaefer

    25cschaefer Well-Known Member

    I shot a boxer at about 250yds with a 110gr V-Max out of my 270, her right leg (exit side) flipped over her back and clapped her left. I shot her right through the shoulder and it darned near ripped her whole shoulder/leg/side off. If you did not care about the hide, at all, use a heavy caliber with high expansion bullets.
  16. wankerjake

    wankerjake Well-Known Member

    I think 223-243 would all be good choices.
  17. jack44

    jack44 Well-Known Member

    A 243 is all you would need if you want the hide - also if you want to use a 223 use a Barnes 60gr.
  18. Kachok

    Kachok Well-Known Member

    Wolves get pretty big, the record is a 230lbs beast, I would not feel overgunned with a 270 Win but I have little doubt a 243 would do the trick as well especially with a 100gr quality bullet like an interlock or SGK.
  19. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Only thing, some bigger cartridges with light weight bullet lack accuracy. I'd want it to be accurate, but so long as it's accurate enough, I'd use, say, a .30-06 and a 110 grain bullet or like that.

    Me, I'd use my .257 Rob. and 100 grain game king, killed a buncha deer with that rifle. That bullet is 0.5 MOA at 100 yards.
  20. 25cschaefer

    25cschaefer Well-Known Member

    My Husqvarna, no idea what the twist is, will make a ragged hole with 150gr Partitions but the best I can get out of the 110 V-Max is about 1.75" groups at 100yds. In Montana, most people just pick up a wolf tag on the off chance they spot one while out deer/elk hunting and pop them with their big game gun. Most ghillie suited face painters I see out hunting wolves are carrying some sort of AR.

    Wolves may be wild but, they are dogs.

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