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

 
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:28 AM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

goofycat I did the new rifle thing right before deer season 2 weeks to get exact 7mm rem mag. Went to my range the best it did was 4" at 100 I will never buy a weatherby agine! Went back were I got it and did a store trade same cal but a 700 SPS camo and stainless. Now I got 2 day to set it up went back to range 5 shots later hitting a MOA thats better! I also got a .06 so bucking the wind is coverd. As for rifles I looked at savage real hard but the barrle was to short (4 me) I dont know mutch about powder YET but I did know that the barrle lenght is inporant on mags (am i right ?) I got some work to do to it triger job piller bedding dont want to float this one. My .06 is awsom sub MOA 1" square at 200 cold bolt done a lot of work on this 1 it is a 721 biuld in 1951 with triger job cut and recrowned 22" lap bolt lugs adjusted head space. droped it in a 700 BDL stock with hinged floor plate. Nice conversation peace and a wast of monney. But still not done with it piller bedding. OOPS sorry got off track. So U think 270 is to big for coyote
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:11 AM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

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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!

A word of advice here concerning ammunition types and capacities. Here in Arizona you cannot use FMJ bullets for hunting. Magazine capacity is 5 rounds in centerfire rifles.
So make sure you are in compliance with your State and Local regulations.
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Old 12-27-2009, 03:32 PM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

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goofycat I did the new rifle thing right before deer season 2 weeks to get exact 7mm rem mag. Went to my range the best it did was 4" at 100 I will never buy a weatherby agine! Went back were I got it and did a store trade same cal but a 700 SPS camo and stainless. Now I got 2 day to set it up went back to range 5 shots later hitting a MOA thats better! I also got a .06 so bucking the wind is coverd. As for rifles I looked at savage real hard but the barrle was to short (4 me) I dont know mutch about powder YET but I did know that the barrle lenght is inporant on mags (am i right ?) I got some work to do to it triger job piller bedding dont want to float this one. My .06 is awsom sub MOA 1" square at 200 cold bolt done a lot of work on this 1 it is a 721 biuld in 1951 with triger job cut and recrowned 22" lap bolt lugs adjusted head space. droped it in a 700 BDL stock with hinged floor plate. Nice conversation peace and a wast of monney. But still not done with it piller bedding. OOPS sorry got off track. So U think 270 is to big for coyote
A .270 is fine for coyotes, as long as you don't mind not wanting to save the pelt. It is also a good caliber (as are several others) for hunting larger animals. For instance, a .223 is IMO too small for deer, but okay for coyotes, whereas a .270 is fine for both animals. Therefore, if you are hunting deer and happen to get a shot a coyote, this is the rifle to have. Not so with the smaller caliber, even though some hunters would feel otherwise.

I prefer a smaller centerfire caliber for coyotes, but my .22-250 weighs 14 pounds (with scope), so it is a little unwieldy for any long-distance walking. It is a heavy-barreled bench rest rifle....very accurate in .22-250, but it is a single-shot, not a semi-auto. I have had no problems using the single-shot for coyotes because I choose my shots carefully and wait until they stop or at least moving slowly enough for on-shot hits. I don't miss often.

I would like to purchase an AR-15 type rifle, but California has virtually outlawed them, erroneously thinking that such a law will lower the crime rate and prevent nutcases from mass murder. But that is another story.

4" MOA is quite excessive in my opinion for a 7 mag. I would have checked the scope mounts for tightness and even might have changed scopes, then checked the torque on the screws that attach the action to the stock. It sounds to me like something was loose. If you found nothing, you might have had a gunsmith do a cursory check on the gun before you decided to give it up. It sounds to me that the problem might have been easy to find.
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Old 12-28-2009, 09:20 PM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

the rifle was a wallmart vangaurd the triger pull was about 25#s tryed to adjust it didnt work. I think the barrle was to light to. The scope and rings are now on the 700.any way it is gone. I think for a coyote rifle I got to get a new 1 dont know what cal yet. untill then bring them in close shot gun. I should just trap them cuz I want to make a hat and tan some 4 the wall. Always looking for a way to extend the hunting season.
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:29 PM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

Glad to hear you went with the 243. Bucks the wind better, low recoil and well suited for varmints, yotes and deer out to reasonable distances.
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:06 AM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

Me too. I am going to wait for the Savage Predator Hunter in this caliber when it comes out later in 2010 with the AccuStock. The rifle has an aluminum bedding system now, but it lacks the tang that extends forward with the AccuStock. I want the stock to be stiff as possible.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:54 PM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

Goofycat, just one rule: Anytime anyone gets a new rifle...pics are required. Only kidding...however pics are always appreciated.
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