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Old 10-10-2012, 09:31 PM
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Coyote Gun

I am thinking about buying a dedicated coyote rig. I am looking for some input one what works best for you guys who are more avid predator/varminter hunters. I am thinking 22-250 or 243. Do you guys like the heavier barrel or something lighter.

For a little insight, it will be either calling circumstances, or if I see something from the pickup while running around the ranch. I shoot a Sendero for a hunting rifle, so carrying a heavy rifle over distance isn't a problem for me.

I am wondering if it is difficult to swing a heavy barreled rifle on a moving yote? If, in people experience, it isn't a problem, I'd like to stick with a heavy barreled gun.

I have a Ruger mini-14 223 with peep sights. I would use it more for yotes but they are inherently kinda inaccurate and I would like to have a scope and there isn't a lot of great systems for mounting scopes on one like mine.

So anybody with any advice on gun styles or calibers, let me know. Thanks.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:49 PM
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Re: Coyote Gun

In my opinion, either is a good choice. I shoot both, more direct knockdown with the .243, but I still lean towards the 22-250. If you're just shooting, and not keeping the hides, I'd stick with a .243. A Remington vssr would be a good bet. Since I hump and call alot, I like a lighter rifle, and put an Aimpoint Micro t-1 on the side for those close up 100 meter or less shots, and a Bushnell Elite with a Horus reticle on the top side.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:53 AM
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Re: Coyote Gun

I know what you are saying about the 243 with a little extra knock down. I really like heavy barreled rifles, hence my Sendero for deer/anything else hunting purposes. I am thinking a standard barreled 22-250 would be good for yotes, main reason being when you are swinging on one of those things on the run, the heavy guns seem to be harder to handle. My sendero with the bipods, it's like I can't miss. Shoot off hand with it, it's a different rifle. It's just built differently for different purposes. I am a Remington man(I know there are other good options too, but just prefer the feel of a remington), so I am kinda leaning towards something like a Remington 22-250 SPS. I can always upgrade the stock on it. Then I could outfit it with a bipod so that I would be good and solid in a sit and call situation, but be able to handle the gun well on a running dog here and there.

The one thing that keeps me going back to thinking about the 243 is that I have young kids that in the next few years will be ready to start hunting a little. In one of the states where I do most of my hunting, a 243 is the minimum caliber. If I bought a 243, I could kinda justify it with "dual use" in the future. Then I always thing, well, I would probably need to start them out on a youth style rifle more anyways. If anybody has any opinion they would like to add to this topic as far as experience getting their children started(after learning with a 22 of course), it would be much appreciated.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:55 AM
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Re: Coyote Gun

243 is my go to rifle for most coyote calling. Do use the 204 and 223 on occasion. Did the 22-250, 220 swift over the years and finally settled on the 243. Will be replacing my main 243 this year with either the Howa Ranch or Axiom. Really like the feel of the Axiom. But the 204 I have in the Ranch is one sweat handling rifle.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:33 PM
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243 is my go to rifle for most coyote calling. Do use the 204 and 223 on occasion. Did the 22-250, 220 swift over the years and finally settled on the 243. Will be replacing my main 243 this year with either the Howa Ranch or Axiom. Really like the feel of the Axiom. But the 204 I have in the Ranch is one sweat handling rifle.
So maybe this brings on another conversation, but here I go.

If I want to shoot some of the lighter 243 stuff, like 60gr stuff, is there any real advantage over a 22-250? Seems about same or less velocity and knock down power would be the same. Seems to benefit from the extra knock down, I would have to shoot that 70-80gr stuff. I think if I were going to do that, I would find a good higher bc bullet and just shoot one for everything.

Also, I have a 270 at home that I don't use much since I shoot my Sendero for hunting. I have thought about shooting some 90-100gr stuff out of that for a yote slayer. Kinda seems like maybe gettinga 243 and shooting a little heavier bullet would be a little redundant??? This kinda ends up the reason I lean toward the 22-250. Who knows. I have been known to entirely over analyze things like this. hahaha
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:27 AM
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So maybe this brings on another conversation, but here I go.

If I want to shoot some of the lighter 243 stuff, like 60gr stuff, is there any real advantage over a 22-250? Seems about same or less velocity and knock down power would be the same. Seems to benefit from the extra knock down, I would have to shoot that 70-80gr stuff. I think if I were going to do that, I would find a good higher bc bullet and just shoot one for everything.

Also, I have a 270 at home that I don't use much since I shoot my Sendero for hunting. I have thought about shooting some 90-100gr stuff out of that for a yote slayer. Kinda seems like maybe gettinga 243 and shooting a little heavier bullet would be a little redundant??? This kinda ends up the reason I lean toward the 22-250. Who knows. I have been known to entirely over analyze things like this. hahaha
I have a 22-250 and a 243. A 243 will shoot a 55gr bullet at 4000fps with a max load and a 22-250 will shoot the same bullet at about 3700 with a max load. You will have a bettet BC with a .22 cal bullet but I don't think It makes up for the speed of a .243. Just my 2 cents.....
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:01 AM
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Re: Coyote Gun

In my opinion the 243 is hard to beat. I've got a Mod. 70 Coyote Lite. Thats my through behind the seat rifle.
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