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Whats a good gun for coyotes??

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Unread 01-31-2014, 07:20 PM
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Whats a good gun for coyotes??

I live in Manitoba on a cow farm and we got tons of coyotes. The other morning my brother scared up 5 not 400 yards from our house in our bale yard! I've been using a Weatherby Vangaurd .270 win its my cousins and I'm am looking for a good solid yote gun. I like the 22-250 but is it good for wind( which we have tons of). Another thing is I do some bear and deer hunting and so would it work to have a single gun battery to cover all these animals or should I get 2 guns?? I have thought of the .30.06 for which I can get factory ammo at 55 grain all the way up to 220 grain. What should i think of doing?? And as far as Brands and models what is a good budget rifle??
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Unread 01-31-2014, 08:11 PM
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Re: Whats a good gun for coyotes??

3006 with a 55gr bullet ? The lightest I know of is a 110gr round nose from Hornady. But the wind drift on one of those would be worse than a 22-250.

My suggestion is a 243. The factory 243's will shoot up to the 95 gr SST. To shoot low drag high BC bullets for wind, you will need to go with a custom barrel. I have a 243 AI barrel, 26" 1:8 twist and I can shoot up to the 105gr Berger VLD's.

For a friend of mine, we just bought a Savage model 12 in 243 and a 6.5x47 Lapua match barrel. The day the rifle arrived, we swapped out the barrel and head spaced it ($30 for a go gauge). There is excellent Lapua brass for it, and also excellent 6.5mm bullets from a few different manufacturers.

Either the 6.5x47 or the 243 with an 8 twist barrel make a great multi purpose rifle. Factory rifles are more limited. The Savage rifles are much more economical for this kind of "tuning". This most recent case, the match barrel was $319, the factory stainless 26" fluted barrel will bring about $180 and we bought a NSS nut and ground recoil lug, which added $60. So $319-$180 + $60 = $199 out of pocket.
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Unread 01-31-2014, 08:13 PM
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Re: Whats a good gun for coyotes??

The one you have when you see a coyote . All jokes aside the 243W ( 6mm08) or for more wind bucking ability the 260 Rem. (6.5mm 08) , 6.5 x 55 Sw would be ok. A lot depends on how you want to shoot . Bigger cases and heavier bullets from a bi-pod. Maybe 6.5 -06 or 6.5 x 284
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Unread 01-31-2014, 10:45 PM
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Re: Whats a good gun for coyotes??

Westcliffe: I think he's referring to the sabot load with a 55grain .224 bullet. The load may not be able to hit a coyote past 100 yards however.

Andrew: I'm making an assumption from your post that you don't currently handload. If you aren't saving the hides, choose your deer and bear rifle and kill coyotes. Any of the standard calibers from .260 to .30-06 would make an easy shooting rifle. If you want to put up hides to sell, I'd recommend the .243. The Hornady 58 grain Superformance is a good fur load and there are quite a few decent deer/bear bullets available for it. A savage rifle is about as inexpensive as you can get and they usually shoot very well. If you are going to call coyotes, don't go over board on the scope power. I've missed far more coyotes due to too small a field of view than because of too little magnification.
Tim Titus
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Unread 02-01-2014, 11:13 AM
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Re: Whats a good gun for coyotes??

Just for some flavor, I'll toss in the 25-06 as well. It spits a out pretty quick bullet. (I'm working on a Tikka T3 in 25-06, so I'm just pumped up on quarter bores right now) But the 243 is probably as good as a guy could do. Ammo everywhere, cheap(ish) most of the time, a wide selection of it too. Plus a used 243 always easy to come by at any pawn shop/gun store.
I like things that go "bang"... I love things that go "BOOM!"
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Unread 02-01-2014, 11:21 AM
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Re: Whats a good gun for coyotes??

I don't know if ar rifles are legal in Canada but if they are I'd go with a ar-10 in 243. I've got a dpms lite hunter in 243 and love it as a dual purpose gun.
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Unread 02-01-2014, 01:31 PM
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Re: Whats a good gun for coyotes??

For my 2 cents worth - I'd dido the 243. Good all round caliber. But don't cheapen out on the scope. That's what makes the gun. I used to run the typical 3x9, but upgraded a lot of money on a 3x18. WOW I rarely used 9 power on the cheap scope but uses basically nothing but 18x on the good one.
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