Originally Posted by bshield
Hi, I'm new to the long range shooting/hunting. I live in southern ontario and am looking for a good quality gun at a reasonible price. As far as caliber I would like something that is legal in southern ontario for coyotes but at the top of that power range because there maybe a chance of this gun being used for deer. A friend suggests a .270 but after some research I am leaning more towards a .270 wsm. I have considered buying a lower caliber for just coyotes but with the cost of a quality scope I would prefer to have more of a multi-purpose gun.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The 6.5/.264's and 7mm/.284's have a much greater selection of High SD High BS LR bullets than the .277's offer.
My three favorites for Coyotes are the 7mm STW, the .264win and the .260 Rem. With any of the three in a decent platform with good glass you can shoot extremely flat to 600yds (requiring very little doping and dialing if any depending on your scope and experience) with great performance out to 1,000yds.
I love the Remington Sendero's, and Winchester M-70's as my chosen platforms.
You do want a med to heavy varmint or sendero contour on a dedicated LR rig as weight helps with steadiness and of course recoil reduction.
For glass your budget is the only limit, starting with the Vortex Viper PST's, Leupold, VXIII's and Leupold Mark 4's all the way up through IOR Valdada, NF and USO's.
You probably want to go at least 14x mag and for low light conditions the 30mm tubes and 50-56mm OBJ's.