hi, Im new here and i figured id ask some questions. I would like to buy my first long range rifle and i want it in a varmit caliber. I pretty much know what rifle i want to use(one of the savages) but i am stuck on caliber choice.
I have done as much searching and am still at a loss so ill ask here. I need a reccomendation. I would like to beable to kill them at close range and extended ranges. I think my maximum shot on a 'yote would be around 400 yards maybe a smidge higher. At that range, will any bullet strong enough to do a clean kill destroy the pelt?
My second use for the gun will be for long range target shooting/small varmit killing. I really dont know where to begin caliber wise. I know the .243 winchester is a good round, but all the factory stuff is slow.(atleast compared to some of the stuff i see here.) I know ill have to handload, and that fine, but id like to atleast be able to use factory stuff for plinking and longrange target/small game killing if i cant reload for some reason.
Also what is appropriate muzzle velocity for a long range varmit round 4000fps+?
So if you can reccomend me a cartridge that will help with me make my selection id be greatly appreciative. I know this is a lot to ask, but i figure i may as well ask if i want to get anywere with my purchase. Will i have to buy more then one rifle to suite my needs? like one for short to 450yards coyote hunting
and one for long range target or can i just have one rifle and load up 2 different loads for those very different situations. I ask this, becuase if i shoot a coyote(which would be my first real hunting experiance), i would love to beable to sell the fur.