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500 yd coyotes, 50 yd skunk.

 
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:37 PM
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500 yd coyotes, 50 yd skunk.

Hello everyone, I am knew to the shooting world other than basic .22lr tinkin around or an occasional 30-06 whitetail shot. I recently purchased and am going to manage 100+ acres of Wetland Restoration (WRP) and need a good varmit gun.
Now my question for you guys is if it is possible to have a gun capable of knocking down coyotes at 500yds and closer while at the same time not being overkill on a 50 yd ditch skunk? My need for a 500yd round is due to the coyotes/fox that skirt the property across my land and quickly duck for cover in the bordering Kelly's Slough National Wildlife Refuge. I can sit and call but for the most point will be 'making my rounds' daily and limiting any predation.
As far as cost I am thinking $1500 for gun and glass (I tend to believe you get what you pay for). Possibly 22-250, .243, or 25-06? Looking at Tikkas with Swaro Z3 glass. This might go over my budget but that would be justified if it was quality. Thanks
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:59 PM
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Re: 500 yd coyotes, 50 yd skunk.

A .243 would be perfect. You have bullet choices roughly from 65gr up to 120gr. It's a small(er), yet very efficient cartridge with roughly 39gr-44gr of powder depending on what your using. I shoot my .243 out to 1,200 yards so 500 yards is no challenge at all for the ole .243. Plus, if you don't reload, there will always be "on the shelf" factory ammo for you to shoot.

I'm sure there are other calibers just as suitable, but the .243 is certainly a good choice.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:03 PM
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Re: 500 yd coyotes, 50 yd skunk.

I take it you don't reload?
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:12 PM
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Re: 500 yd coyotes, 50 yd skunk.

Remington 700 sps dm in .243 with a Vortex Viper Pst 2.5-10 MOA sitting in leupold medium rings. That'll put you under under $1200. Use the rest to get a nice laminate stock from boydsgunstocks.com and ammo.

22-250 would be better if the majority of your shots are at smaller game, closer distance or if you want to keep pelts. The .243 win will be a huge step up in the wind complared to the 22-250(wind is the name of the game at Long range).
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:22 PM
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Re: 500 yd coyotes, 50 yd skunk.

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Remington 700 sps dm in .243 with a Vortex Viper Pst 2.5-10 MOA sitting in leupold medium rings. That'll put you under under $1200. Use the rest to get a nice laminate stock from boydsgunstocks.com and ammo.

22-250 would be better if the majority of your shots are at smaller game, closer distance or if you want to keep pelts. The .243 win will be a huge step up in the wind complared to the 22-250(wind is the name of the game at Long range).
243 thumbs up all the way
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:33 PM
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Re: 500 yd coyotes, 50 yd skunk.

Another vote for the 243. Tikka also gets my vote.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:49 AM
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Re: 500 yd coyotes, 50 yd skunk.

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I take it you don't reload?
Not yet. I don't have the space just yet, but plan on buying a single stage press and dialing in my gun in the near future. I few guys I work with are into match shooting and reload all of their own rounds. Unfortunately they don't reload .243 or 25-06 but would be good help if I were to start.
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