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Low recoil rifle for whitetails and coyotes. Opinions?

 
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:48 AM
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Low recoil rifle for whitetails and coyotes. Opinions?

Hey guys. I'm looking into several different calibers of rifle and am having trouble deciding on which one to go with. My fiancÚ is getting into hunting and she wants to go deer hunting. I only have a .30-06 and a .300 WM right now for her to use. I'm confident she could shoot the .30-06 fine, but with her being fairly new to shooting I want her to spend a lot of time at the range honing her skills and my 06 kicks pretty good to be putting lots of lead down range. The second part of this is I would really like a higher caliber coyote gun for longer range coyote hunts (500-600 yds). So I figured I could easily kill two birds with one stone here. And this way if she only hunts a year or two and decides she doesn't like it I still have my coyote gun. And by the way we are from eastern WA and will be hunting whitetails in the rolling hills of the Palouse. So after all of that here are some of the calibers I'm choosing between.

6.5x55 Swede (this was the caliber of my first rifle so I have a soft spot for it)

.25-06 (I am a huge .30-06 fan and I believe it to be about the best cartridge ever made, so sticking with the 06 family appeals to me)

.257 Wby
6.5x284
6.5 rem mag

Also, I do all of my own hand loading, but I would like to stick with a cartridge I could easily find brass for.

Anyone have any opinions on these calibers. Pros/Cons.... the good, the bad, the ugly.... any advice helps.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:09 AM
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Re: Low recoil rifle for whitetails and coyotes. Opinions?

Since you like the 06 family, the 6.5-06 would be another good choice. A lot of good 6.5 cartridges out there that would fit your needs. Also the 7-08.

I would probably choose the 6.5x284. It's a great cartridge and great Lapua brass available.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:11 AM
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Re: Low recoil rifle for whitetails and coyotes. Opinions?

243 Winchester is never wrong for this combo
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Re: Low recoil rifle for whitetails and coyotes. Opinions?

6mm Rem
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Re: Low recoil rifle for whitetails and coyotes. Opinions?

6.5x55 I like the round. Have three rifles chambered in it.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:54 AM
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Re: Low recoil rifle for whitetails and coyotes. Opinions?

6.5x284, 6.5-06, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08, .308 Win, .280 Rem, .280 Ackley Improved......All of these would make excellent whitetail cartridges with fairly low recoil.
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Old 05-30-2013, 10:55 AM
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Re: Low recoil rifle for whitetails and coyotes. Opinions?

I know you are an '06 fan but, recoil for any of the '06 family cartridges is still more than some gals want to have. I agree the .243 Win would be my suggestion. Great deer gun at medium ranges with 90 grain Bergers etc. and perfect for varmints of all sizes. Consider 55 grain bullets out past 3400 FPS. I have good results out at 500 yards with a light Kimber rifle and 4x14 Leupold. The wife loves shooting it compared to it's parent cartridge the .308.

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