Re: What do you think 25-06 or .264???
25-06 would be great out to 600-700 yards on deer and coyotes. I'm on my 2nd one now and prefer the 115g btip at 3100fps or so. The 243 would also not be a bad choice, but I prefer the 25-06 and the 115g bullet vs. the 6mm 100g bullet for deer. For coyotes I would probly rather havea 243. The 264 is indeed a belted mag and the barrel life is 1/2 that of the 25-06. My last 25-06 lasted around 3000 rounds before accuracy was going south. The 25-06 has always been accurate for me, it doesn't recoil much more then a 243, and kills a lot better then it shouold IMO. I have taken everything from squirrels to black bear with mine from ranges 50-600 yards with the 115g NBT at 3100fps with nothing but good to say.