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

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Unread 09-27-2011, 03:54 PM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

Originally Posted by scottg View Post
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?
we prefer a bolt ourselves, the guns we are using are the weatherby, svm models in 223, and 7/08. Either will get the job
done. Our personal bullet preference is the barnes tsx bullets.
The 7/08 (120 gr. Bt) will not tire you out.

If you reload the 223 barnes tsx ( 52/55 gr) could be used for both of your guns.

Everything is really just personal choice and preference.

Good luck on your selection and choice.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 09:45 AM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

If you want to put the smackdown on them from 250 yards and further then the 08 with some 110gr bullets will work nicely. Recoil is about 30% less than an 06 and you can get by with about 10-12gr less powder.
Everything I loaded in my 700 was sub MOA except for some 140gr PMC softnose but they shot near MOA in my 7Mag a few hundred FPS faster. Same twist so go figure.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 12:14 PM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

Here is my coyote rig. Howa 1500 in 22-250. Very similar to weatherby vangaurd. Hougue stock. Nikko sterling 3-9x42 glass. Detatchable 300 yard light.
Load is 40 grain V-max @ 4100 fps using varget.
I prefer loght weight and fast handling in a yote rig. Flat shooting is important cause they don't stand around to be ranged and the flatter the round the greater your margin of error. Two of my shooting partners use 6mm/ 243 for windy days.
This one has killed A Lot of yotes with only two misses... both were at a dead run after their partner dropped stone dead. I was trying for doubles.
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Unread 11-27-2011, 07:57 PM
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Re: new to coyote hunting, 7mm-08 or .223?

.243 winchester and 87 grain vmax 1x10 twist. Hard to beat for a coyote gun/load. 37.5-38 grains Varget if you reload. Start 10% lower and make sure safe in your gun. 87 grain hornady bthp 1x9 twist 37.1 grains IMR 4064 good also. This load from Hornady reload manual. Both of these loads are accurate-super accurate depending on gun.
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