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new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

 
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:08 PM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

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I have shot thousands of 7-08 and will tell you that even in a 10# rifle you will be aware of the recoil. Will you reload?
If so then Barnes solids or X bullets in 120gr's loaded to 2400fps will give minimum pelt damage. Accuracy is superb so head shots are desireable.
Recoil will be very acceptable with this load. Since you already have a 223, I say step up to the 7-08.
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I am a big fan of both but for all round hunting the 7/08 will be better .

The 223 is great for varments coyotes and smaller but the 7/08 will work for big game as well
and at longer ranges the .284 bullets will buck wind much better and drop them in there tracks
no mater what you run across.

Where I hunt we have bobcats.coyotes,turkeys, deer and hogs and I use a 7/08 for everything
and with there accuracy a 200+yard head shot on turkeys is possible. And if a hog comes running
buy and a head shot is not possible the 7/08 will dump them.

I have tried the 223 and been caught with not enough rifle especially on hogs because once the
first shot is fired the rodeo starts and follow up shots are never as good as you would like.

There are a lot of more powerful calibers available but you wanted minimum recoil and the 7/08
in a 7 or 8 pound rifle is almost a non event.

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Old 12-16-2009, 06:05 PM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

thanks for all the input. I'm going to go with the .243 for now. I already have a .223 and i can ad a more accurate upper. the 7mm-08 I'll keep on ice for a while until i can pay for HQ rifle and scope
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:11 PM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

thanks for all the input. I'm going to go with the .243 for now. I already have a .223 and i can ad a more accurate upper. the 7mm-08 I'll keep on ice for a while until i can pay for HQ rifle and scope
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:18 PM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

I am just geting in to coyote hunting to. Right now the only rifles I got is a .06 a a 7 rem mag both over kill I know but between the 2 I think the 7 with a costom down sized load will work. I was looking in my reloading handbook trying to find a popular round what about 270 win (a reloading press is on the way)
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Old 12-25-2009, 03:36 PM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

I use both calibers. I hunt both night and day for the song dogs. I use the 223 at night and in the thicker areas during the day where the shots are more than likely going to be closer. My longest coyote kill with a 223 was at 351yds. I use the 7mm-08 for day hunting in the wide open cut crop fields of NW Indiana. Alot of the time the dogs will travel the weeded ditch lines that border these fields and will just sit there looking at the source of the call- a little apprehensive to commit to the open field. That is where the ballistics of a 7mm-08 will shine. And I am not using a varmint style bullet in the 08. I am using a 154gr SST. High BC and good energy at range. I'm not worried about the pelts but I do believe that if you are keeping a few for your self, the taxidermist can sew up the hole that a 7mm will put in one. That being said, the 243 is a coyote killer that will really anchor them to the ground more times that not. I have a buddy that uses the 243 for yote hunting and that round really put the smack down on em.
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Old 12-25-2009, 10:16 PM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

Hi ScottG,

Firdt I would like to say that I am jealous in the fact that you can shoot coyotes with a centerfire rifle! I live in the United Socialist Republic of New Jersey, and here we can only use shotgun with shot sizes between #4 and #T in the "special" season, or muzzleloader, but not at night.
If you already have an '06, use that with FMJs if you don't want to ruin the pelts. My second choice would be that AR of yours. You can get plenty of follow up shots, and it is cheaper on the ammo factor. Good luck, and send me some pics of your success!
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:54 PM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

A .243 is a good choice. The .223 is fine, too, but if you encounter a heavy crosswind, you might be thankful for a heavier caliber that bucks the wind better. Also, if you are hunting deer and happen onto a coyote, a heavier caliber rifle than the .223 would be appropriate for either animal. I take two rifles: a .270 for shots in wind, and a .22-250 for coyote-sized animals on low-wind days. The .22-250 is a BR rifle and much heavier; the .270 is set up for boars and deer, but will do fine with coyotes (I don't save pelts). There are a lot of variables, and you will find that no one rifle fills the requirements for both large and small animals. You must consider accuracy, recoil, whether or not you want to use the rifle for club competition (where you might shoot many shots in one day), rifle weight, reloading large cases vs. small cases, and just what size/weight of animal you are hoping to harvest. Long range vs. short range, and on and on.

Now, you want to choose a rifle that offers low weight, out-of-the-box camo, a good trigger, good bedding system and a half-way decent barrel. I would certainly choose a stainless model with synthetic stock for use in cold/wet weather. If I had to purchase a new rifle, I would check with Savage. I understand they are coming out with a new model for 2010 that has a nice aluminum stiffening system for good accuracy. Also, if you prefer a semi-automatic, Ruger and Sig Sauer have come out with AR-type rifles (nice for quick shots if you miss). Whatever you do, take your time in making your decisions, or you will surely end up buying a rifle you don't really like, then have to turn around and sell it for one you wish you had waited for and bought.

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