Re: Do you prefer a hunting rifle with a detachable mag?
Yes, I had thought about it, but I still have around 450 or so cartridges left in .22-250. If I did convert later, I would probably get it rechambered for a 6BR, or possibly even a .22 BR. I don't know what I want for that particular rifle.....not yet, anyway. It would require something in a large case format, since that is what the receiver is now set up for. I haven't really studied all I need to know about another caliber ballistics-wise. Ideally, I would want a new caliber to be one where cases are offered by Norma or Lapua and a caliber that would be kind to the barrel, not build up excessive heat, have a good reputation for accuracy (such as with the 6mm), etc. I just don't do enough shooting with any of my centerfires any more since my main varmint hunting has been for California ground squirrels with a Clark Special rimfire 10/22. I don't like to reload particularly, and the rimfire has killed more squirrels than all the other rifles I have put together. Also, the ranchers don't like a lot of noise, so when I tell them I am using a rimfire, they have no problem letting me on their property.
Coyotes are a different story, because I hunt for them where the ground squirrels don't exist (no alfalfa for them to eat). The areas are wide-open and far away from any ranch houses. These areas are where a centerfire rifle would shine.
For now, though, I want a lighter-weight repeater for coyotes instead of the heavy-barreled single-shots I now use, but in a .243, which provides for 6mm bullets. I would probably choose to reload with 80-grain bullets for coyotes. Bench-rest rifles are not fun to lug around because they are too heavy....for a person with a bad back (me).