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What's the best caliber for pronghorn?

Old 01-04-2011, 10:11 PM
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Default What's the best caliber for pronghorn?

I've hunted my whole life, but never pursued the pronghorn. I'm planning a hunt in wyoming for a goat in 2011. Just wanted some input from my fellow hunters on your opinions for the best caliber. Thanks, and happy hunting!
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:29 PM
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.243 win.

Anything from .243-.270 is ideal.

Many argue the .25-06 or .257wby to be the best goat gun around, I say the .243win.
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:54 AM
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Any caliber that you can shoot well out to 3-400 yards if you're a capable shooter.
Pronghorns are the whimps and fairly easy to anchor with a well placed shot. Just practice your long range shooting in case that's the shot you'll have to take. Personally I like to work in close and only had to take one shot over 150 yds over the years.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:26 AM
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Wyoming has a minimum caliber requirement of.23-caliber. This means the smallest round I know of, that is legal to hunt with in Wyoming is 243.
Tough to call any thing a bad antelope round. I have shot most of my antelope with a 270-Winchester.
If I had to pick one rifle from my safe to hunt antelope with, it would be my 270-Winchester.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:47 AM
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I use a .25-06 when hunting antelope. That cartridge uses a slightly heavier bullet than the .243/6mms and does a very nice job on mule deer also. I would bet that I have seen other guys use a .30-06 or .270 more than all others combined. Not many guys buy a special antelope rifle.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:49 AM
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I won't live long enough to know what is "best" but there is a whole bunch of good ones. As was said antelope are not particularly tough and any decent center fire common big game chambering will kill one quite easily. I have probably used ten different chamberings over the years and everyone of them worked as well as the next. It all about shot placement..............
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:30 AM
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I like the .24's
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Old 01-05-2011, 09:36 AM
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"Anything from .243-.270 is ideal." Badass
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:39 PM
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well if ya want to kill and gut the animalat the same time I would say go with the .257 wby mag...and then don't shoot if the animals closer than 600 yds...this rnd ruins alot of meat!!!!
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:28 PM
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All of the ones I've killed were with my 06. My kids have killed most of thiers with a .243. As insinuated above, if you have a center fire, big game rifle, you are no doubt set. Although, if you've an eye on a firearm you don't have, this good be the opportunity...
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