All this Antelope talk......Gun selection time.

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  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,740 Senior Member
    COOL......I'll shoot a bear for you
    Sounds just like hogs in the reeds
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,476 Senior Member
    .243 Winchester
    I added a vote for .243. I decided several years ago to make it my go to gun for antelope. I do not have any regrets for making that decision.

    I don't have any experience with any of the 6.5s, so I'll not comment further.

    On the .280, I killed my last, and best, antelope with a close relative, the .284 Winchester. So, it's fair to say I like it as well. The primary reason for using it instead of my .243 was simply to bloody it.

    I've also taken antelope with the .270 Winchester (it's possible, really) as well as my 7mag.

    There's so many good antelope chamberings available it's hard to pick a bad one. Anything that shoots reasonably flat to 300 yards will do that job. Go with the one you like the most, shoot the best, or just want to use. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.

    Good luck, and don't forget to post pictures.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,978 Senior Member
    6.5-284 Winchester
    Agreed.
    I really like 7mm's myself. If this was a Mule Deer/Elk hunt, the 280 would be at the top of my list.
    The 6.5-284 is one of my personal favs, so I went with it.
    JerryBobCo wrote: »
    There's so many good antelope chamberings available it's hard to pick a bad one. Anything that shoots reasonably flat to 300 yards will do that job. Go with the one you like the most, shoot the best, or just want to use. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,889 Senior Member
    .30-06 with 125 gr PSP
    A Veteran is someone that served in the Military, it does not matter where they served.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    6.5-284 Winchester
    NN wrote: »
    .30-06 with 125 gr PSP

    I have taken all my antelope with a .30-06 and a .308 in the past. Looking to shake things up a little this time.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    6.5-284 Winchester
    Agreed.
    I really like 7mm's myself. If this was a Mule Deer/Elk hunt, the 280 would be at the top of my list.
    The 6.5-284 is one of my personal favs.......

    ^This^
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    6.5-284 Winchester
    Alright, I think I've decided.

    .25-06 Remington (Rifle)
    6.5-284 Winchester (Rifle)
    .308 Winchester (MOA Specialty Pistol)

    Gonna leave the Super Blackhawk at home. Just too much to carry around and besides, I can use it's holster for the MOA.

    Plan to hit the range in the morning and confirm dope out to 300 on the rifles for now. Will get drops out to 600 later.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,978 Senior Member
    6.5-284 Winchester
    Great!
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,476 Senior Member
    .243 Winchester
    Maybe I missed it, but when do you make the hunt? In Colorado, the main season will run from October 6-12 this year.

    Also, where are you going?
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    6.5-284 Winchester
    October in Wyoming.

    I grew up hunting in Wyoming every year. Will be nice to return for a hunt.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Posts: 2,410 Senior Member
    .243 Winchester
    I vote .243 because I like them alot, especially yours.....:drool2:
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,658 Senior Member
    6.5-284 Winchester
    Zee wrote: »
    Alright, I think I've decided.

    .25-06 Remington (Rifle)
    6.5-284 Winchester (Rifle)
    .308 Winchester (MOA Specialty Pistol)
    I don't see a 458 on that list :nono:

    Since you're not going big, guess you might as well just stay home :rotflmao:
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,219 Senior Member
    Never having hunted with a 6.5-284, the numbers looks perfect for this kind of hunt.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,740 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I have taken all my antelope with a .30-06 and a .308 in the past. Looking to shake things up a little this time.

    You will don't be surprised if that 25-06 kills em deader
  • snake284-1snake284-1 Senior Member Posts: 2,500 Senior Member
    6.5-284 Winchester
    I only pushed the 6.5 x .284 because it was on top. Any of the three would be excellent. If I got a chance at them this year, it will be with the .257 Bob or the .250 Savage Howa 1500. Either one will work great.
    I'm Just a Radical Right Wing Nutt Job, Trying to Help Save My Country!
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 6,978 Senior Member
    6.5-284 Winchester
    Used to be they sort of broke up (At least the front range any way) in two separate weeks: North of I-70 was one week and South was a a different week.
    Is that still the case?
    JerryBobCo wrote: »
    Maybe I missed it, but when do you make the hunt? In Colorado, the main season will run from October 6-12 this year.

    Also, where are you going?
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
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