I started with 243 hunting rifle,then 25-06 Ruger mark 11 H.B. target rifle,3x9 Burris Ballistc Plx,now a Tikka Tactical 300 WM 4x16.The prairie here is a little rolley.Long range shots are common 440yds-800yds.Need a H.B. rifle with a good trigger.25-06 is to expensive to shoot with out reloading .The 243,270 are good picks for dogs and deer.
I guess I'm a bit late here, but it's certainly nice to see a few more fellas from Saskatchewan (Go Riders) on LRH!
I've been using my .243 for a few years now and I love it, it's probably a better choice than the .22-250 simply because of the heavier bullets it can sling, I've never seen a coyote go more than about 15 feet after a .243 hit. True, the .25-06 will do pretty much anything that the .243 will, but it IS a long action so that can add to your reload time and generally decrease magazine capacity.
You won't be disappointed by a .243 with a 70 grain Nosler ballistic Tip, that's for sure....
coyotes, on the other hand, will be quite heartbroken.
I shoot a Ruger M77 Varmint/Target in .22-250 using stock 55 gr. Winchester Ballistic Silvertips--the gun loves them and it crumps dogs very well. It is a bit heavy if you intend to walk with it, but for stationary shooting it can't be beat IMO.
I whacked a marmot this past weekend in Montana at 440 yards that was on top of a 200 foot hill with a pretty good breaze blowing at the top--my buddy was stunned! My rest was the back end of my truck, but I do have a bipod on it.
Here in south-central Oklahoma we are typically in or near brush, so most shots are 100 yds. and closer. A lot of walking between sets, so I like lightweight handy rifles.
I prefer Hornady V-Max for safety reasons. Doesn't ruin the hides, but the highly frangible bullets will not shoot through and do not ricochet on misses. I am comfortable around livestock, houses, etc. 'yotes don't run either. The hydrostatic pressure from the small, frangible bullets at 4,000 fps or more is devastating!
250 yds. or closer - I shoot .32 gr. V-Max from a .204 Ruger in CZ 527 American.
Beyond 250 yds - I shoot .58 gr. V-Max from a .243 Winchester Model 70 Featherweight.
There's not a bad choice in any of those calibers. I shoot a m77 243 and can't say enough good about it. There are some really fast loads for 243 but personally I shoot a 100gr for everything, that way I get plenty of practice on the same load, don't have to re-zero, and the 100gr has worked great for me on coyotes and antelope (and I'm confident it would handle deer fine as well). Most shots on coyotes leave a 2-3" exit and they go down quick.
Hello everyone, i am looking for a new coyote gun! i will be shooting in a lot of open fields where it is windy a lot of the time. I do not handload. I want something with good range and accurcy. I have been looking at 243, 25-06, 22-250. What would you guys recommend for the above criteria. All advice is appreciated!
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