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6mm Coyote Rifle

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Unread 07-29-2009, 03:54 PM
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6mm Coyote Rifle

I'm going to build a windy day, longer-range than my 22-250's (over 400yds), coyote rifle and have pretty much settled on the 6mm bullet. Now I just have to decide which to build. I have been looking at the 243AI, 6mmAI, 6-284, and 6x47 Lapua. I would like to shoot the 105 gr. amax's or the heavier bergers for maximum wind-bucking ability. Any info on the differences and/or pros and cons of the above calibers would be appreciated as I am having a tough time making one look much better than the others.


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Unread 07-29-2009, 04:02 PM
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Re: 6mm Coyote Rifle

everybody has their own preference when it comes to rifles,myself, and your choices it would be the 6mm/284 ............good luck
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Unread 07-29-2009, 06:21 PM
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Re: 6mm Coyote Rifle

I think that any would be a good choice, but i would go with the 6-284. That being said I dont know much about the 6x47 lapua. jsut my 2cents.
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Unread 07-29-2009, 07:34 PM
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Re: 6mm Coyote Rifle

+1 on the 6mm-284, awsome cartridge.

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Unread 07-29-2009, 08:35 PM
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Re: 6mm Coyote Rifle

I'm also currious about the 243 AI /6mmAI anyone shooting theses?
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Unread 07-29-2009, 10:25 PM
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Re: 6mm Coyote Rifle

One very important question needs to be asked before recommeding any of these. First off, are you looking to just kill the yotes or do you hope to have a pelt for resale afterwards?

None of the above are overly pelt friendly chamberings with the thin jacketed bullets you list.

If your just looking to hammer them and care less about pelts, you can not go wrong with the 6-284. It is an amazing chambering and will do things most 6mms simply can not do.

If you do want to keep the pelts, there are two schools of thought. One, lightweight bullet at hyper velocity, the other is a heavy, hard bullet to prevent violent expansion.

Only problem, either option in a larger 6mm will have alot of energy so if you hit bone, especially on exit, bone frags will destroy the pelt.

One other consideration, if you go with the 6-284, that round will generate enough velocity that it will surpass the velocity ceiling of the A-Max and Berger bullets which is around 3250 fps or so in most barrels.

The 107 gr SMK will take anything you can drive it to. I load my personal 6-284 to right around 3500 fps with the 107 gr SMK. The A-Max and Berger shoot extremely fine consistancy.

So back to the beginning, are you worried about the pelts or not and then we can really get into the meat of the matter!!!
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Unread 07-30-2009, 08:06 AM
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Re: 6mm Coyote Rifle

i did this very thing myself last year. i ended up going with the 6x284 and the sierra 107 gr match king, Thanks to advice from kirby allen and jerry teo. i am getting 3250 fps out of a douglas 28" 1in8 barrel, savage/stevens action. i couldnt be happier with the caliber choice. mine shoots great....so far it has killed coyotes out to 650 yds. my friend took an antelope with it @ 660 yds. i had a lot of trouble ranging dogs in the snow with my leica, so i went to a swaro RF....i am going to get serious this winter about reaching my goal of a coyote @ 1000 yds. good luck with your build. if you want to read about mine do a search for "blogging my rifle build"..AJ
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