I just bought a Savage predator in 260 and I love the gun. It has a 24 inch barrel and I couldn't get a very high and accurate velocity out of it. I'm shooting h4350 and 140 gr vld at 2650 which loses a bunch of energy past 800 yards. I'm ok with that because I like to actually hunt an animal. I was able to push 130ab's at 2950 but went slower to preserve barrel life. My current load produced a .423 inch 8 shot group and ill take that. My research has me concluding that if you want to humanely kill a large animal at 1000 yards then you'd be wise to go with something in 30 cal. As for coyotes the 260 seems excessive. I shoot a 22-250 for that and have done so now for over 25 years. I don't know anything about anything so keep that in mind.