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243. win for varmints and coyotes!

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Old 04-15-2010, 02:53 AM
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Re: 243. win for varmints and coyotes!

As far as varmits are concerned a .243 is more than enough. 7mag is a lil overkill and much more recoil! As far as recoil is concerned but why? More recoil for for the same kill and much more for the price of ammo these days? Like i said before a 70gr pill in .243 with half the recoil will get you the same kill out to 500yds. My buddy shoots a 7 mag and i will tell you the extra recoil is not worth it if you are recoil shy. I shot 2 coyotes with my .243 this winter and was off the mark a lil bit but the coyote did not stray more than 10 yds from where i shot it. My fault but the coyote was easy to find and dispatch.
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:49 PM
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Re: 243. win for varmints and coyotes!

I can understand recoil, but at what point is the animal too dead. Use enough gun.
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:10 AM
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Re: 243. win for varmints and coyotes!

The .243 Winchester is an excellant coyote round. Take the time to work up a load your rifle is accurate with and practice, not from a bench, that's for sighting in, practice your technique. How many times have I heard a rifle is fit to become 'tent stakes' when all that was needed was some load development and practice on the shooters part. I'll assume we are talking factory rifles here, and some of this goes for custom barrels as well. It's very hard to state, "I want to shoot a 65g. V-Max". What if your rifle doesn't like it even though you've tried many different primers and propellants and seating depths? Try another bullet and combination. Those heavier bullets usually have better B.C. and more foot pounds of knock down energy and thats what it takes for clean, long range kills on coyotes. This is where the 6mms shine over the .22's . Even in custom barrels with fast twists, shooting heavy for caliber bullets, the 6mm's have higher B.C.'s than the .22.s. All this said, I'm shooting either my .22/250 A.I w/ 60g. SP or my 6X45mm w 80g. SP, both custom barreled. I choose my shots carefully and make clean kills with either rifle.
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:52 PM
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Re: 243. win for varmints and coyotes!

if like shortgrass you have a custom barrel the gun will shoot awesome. one hole groups. the .243 will kill them cleanly further. problem is the vssf2 does not come in 243. i killed one with 70 baltip at 492 yards with my hart barrel rem 700.
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:19 PM
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Re: 243. win for varmints and coyotes!

Originally Posted by johnnyk View Post
First off I have had several rifles in both the .22-250 and .243. One is just as accurate and as flat shooting as the other, with the right weight bullet. I currently own a .243 WIn 70 HVB and love it! The only way I would consider getting another .22-250 would be if it was free, or had a fast twist barrel (1-8 or 1-9"), or the AI version. The 1-14" twist, or even 1-12", just doesn't do this little hot-shot justice and limits you bullet weight selection.
The .243 is very flexible with regards to bullet weights, as long as you stay below 100gns, and 105-107gns in some cases. Most rifles that shoot these heavier pills are set up with faster than factory (1-9.25 & 1-10) twist.
Last year I lived in Va. and started out shooting groundhogs with the .243 65gn V-Max. Shots were pretty routine out to 350-400yds. Any misses were my fault. I kept stepping up the bullet weights and hits got to be more rountine farther and farther away. I ended up shooting the 95gn Ballistic Tip and that is now my choice for deer/varmints/targets. JohnnyK.
+1 I wish they had a 1/8 VS SF. I think the only 22-250 made with a fast twist is a savage. A good alternative would be a .223 WSSM, you can get them in 1/8 twist and it's hotter than a 22-250 or .220 swift.
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