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Old 06-18-2013, 06:37 PM
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30 caliber coyote rifle

I want to purchase a 30 caliber rifle for coyote hunting. Accuracy and speed are the main criteria that I want in a rifle...in that order. Accuracy out to 400 yards and speed for light weight bullets with good fragmentation. Brand-wise, I prefer Savage rifles...however, I may have to choose another brand due to available calibers.

A few caliber thoughts are .308, 300 Weatherby, 300 H&H, .30-06 and 300 SAUM.
Bullet availability is good in 30 caliber, which is another reason for this caliber choice.

If you have another caliber with good bullet availability and selection, please suggest your caliber.

Thank you, Bowhunter57
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:17 PM
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Re: 30 caliber coyote rifle

How about the 300wsm? A little faster than the 300 saum and you can get it in a savage. A .308 win will do all you need to 400 yards with the lighter offerings. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:59 PM
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Re: 30 caliber coyote rifle

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How about the 300wsm? A little faster than the 300 saum and you can get it in a savage. A .308 win will do all you need to 400 yards with the lighter offerings.
SavageShtr,
You are correct, sir. I had not looked at the reloading specs for the 300wsm, but it is considerably faster than the .308. I'm curious as to the recoil differences between the two cartridges.

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Old 06-18-2013, 08:05 PM
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Re: 30 caliber coyote rifle

If your wanting a savage I would recommend the savage 111 long range hunter, you can get it in all these calibers
25-06 REM
260 REM
300 WIN MAG
300 WSM
308 WIN
338 LAPUA MAG
6.5 CREEDMOOR
6.5 x 284 NORMA
7MM REM MAG

If you looking for a realy flat round check out the 7mm rum, its a very flat shooting round, I have one and it will realy reach out there and knock about anything over.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:05 PM
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Re: 30 caliber coyote rifle

If you stick with the lighter pills its going to be marginal. The heavies will rock ya though. You could always put a break on it!
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Re: 30 caliber coyote rifle

The lightest 308 bullets are in the 110gr range and have a terrible BC for shooting to 400 yards. However a 100, 105 or even a 95 grain bullet in a 243 is a different story. If you want to up the ante you could go to a 6.5x55 and shoot 120's of 130's. But with a 308, you would need to go up to 175 or 185gr or 155's at a minimum and when you compare the 6 or 6.5 will still be better into the wind = less uncertainty of making at hit at long range. Hunting conditions are seldom perfect, in fact that is rather the exception than the rule.

I have a 308 and have been developing loads with 175SMK's and 185 VLD's but the purpose of that exercise is to develop skill in shooting a heavier recoiling rifle. The 6mm and 6.5mm cartridges are substantially superior ballistics wise and much easier to shoot. If your doing this as a method to hone your skill for shooting other game in winter with the same rifle, that may not be a bad idea. But to do it specifically for coyotes is not using the best tool for the job.
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Re: 30 caliber coyote rifle

Tell what, I agree with Savageshtr. He has the right idea. I read an article where a guy built a 300WSM using the 125 Nosler ballistic tip. He was able to shoot accurately to 1k on groundhogs. Now he had a 1:14 twist barrel. But with a 1:10 twist you'll be able to drive that bullet to 3800fps easy and recoil should be comfortable. If you want a comp style bullet, then I suggest the 135smk.

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