Originally Posted by Rmitch223
Im about to purchase this rifle and Im having a hard time choosing the caliber and I wanted to know what you guys opinion was on this. This will be my first bolt gun and it will be solely for hunting coyote and bench shooting from time to time. I currently hunt coyote with a modified Ruger Mini-14 that I shoot fairly well out to 200yrds, but now its time to buy a rifle that I can have more confidence in at all ranges.
So I narrowed it down to 22-250 or 243, because I already have a .223 and I dont really want to invest in another.
Ive been leaning towards the .243, but I plan on keeping fur so is that too much for coyotes? Which caliber would you choose in this rifle and why?
Given the choice between 22-250 and 243, I would choose the 243. I would choose it because you can shoot a lot farther with the 243 (1k for coyotes). This is because you can shoot heavier, better BC bullets than the 22-250. Also, in case you ever get the itch to hunt deer, you can use the 243 for that. The advice you've already received on monometal bullets is good advice. They will minimize pelt damage.
If you want to know what a 243 can do, check out this guys rifle....
Just to toss in a wrinkle, have you given any consideration to the Rem700SPS Varmint in 308? I have one and use it for varmints and deer. While it does not shoot as flat as the 243, it is an excellent varmint cartridge and if you do get the itch to hunt deer, you can shoot confidently to 600+ with the 308 whereas the 243 would be limited to around 400 on deer. here's the write-up on my 308....
My 308 1k Rifle - The Evolution Continues!