new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?
I have recently got into coyote hunting as well as long range/target shooting. I am looking for a rifle that will fill both of those rolls. I have some free time on my hands now that the new GI bill made going back to college affordable and want to get a budget friendly rifle set-up. I am looking at the Weatherby vanguard in either .223 or 7mm-08. I live in Ohio so it will not likely be used for a deer rifle, and I own a 30-06 for that. I also have an AR15 carbine in 5.56, will a bolt gun with a 24" barrel be that much better or make that much noticeable difference in accuracy within the range of the .223/5.56? I see both pros and cons to having two in the same caliber(not needing new brass or dies is one) as well very little recoil for days at the range. As for the 7mm-08 I like the ballistics, BC and range of this caliber, but Im thinking it may be a bit much for coyotes and groundhogs. Also, is its recoil high enough to make a day of target shooting uncomfortable? And will the rifle I'm buying be accurate enough to justify getting the 7mm-08 for longer ranges. thanks for any input.
I will not be trying to sell the fur but will keep some of the nicer ones for myself.
and how does the 7mm-08 compare to a 30-06 in recoil?
Last edited by ScottG; 12-09-2009 at 11:53 AM.