prairie coyote gun

Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by saskhunter12, May 6, 2012.

  1. saskhunter12

    saskhunter12 New Member

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    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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  2. Canvsbk

    Canvsbk Well-Known Member

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    I shoot a Ruger 77 in .25-06 in areas like you mention. When zeroed at 200 yards you can shoot pretty much right at 'em out to 300 plus. Normally I'm a Nosler guy but in this instance I find the Hornady v max 75 grain to be absolutely devastating.
    I would think a .257 Roberts or one of the 6 mm's would handle the wind decent also.
    For a scope in a " carry it in" gun I like a 4 x 14.
     

  3. Mild Bill

    Mild Bill Well-Known Member

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    I would look at a 243 or 25-06 of the ones you mentioned in your original post for the situation that you described.
     
  4. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    A 243 shooting the Hornady Superformance 58 grain V-Max load is pretty hard to beat for coyotes. The recoil is mild and the bullets get their fast! They don't buck the wind very well but they make ranging errors less important because they shoot so flat, and their speed helps a lot when you're shooting at running dogs.
     
  5. jlamb

    jlamb Well-Known Member

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    Browninglover brings up a good point; the faster shooting light bullets will help when shooting at a moving dog.

    I have both a 25-06 and a .243. The 243 has more bullet options if you reload. I've got a super accurate load using Superformance powder and Hornady 65grn VMax bullets. I'm going to try Superformance and 70grn Nosler ballistic tip varmint bullets next.

    If you are looking at a 25-06, most come with a 1 in 10" twist which limits good accuacy to 87 grain bullets. My go-to 25-06 load is the Speer 87 TNT pushed by 56.0 grns of H4350. The bullets leave at 3400fps.

    How far will you be shooting?
     
  6. c_bass16

    c_bass16 Well-Known Member

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    Since you DO NOT hand load. The .243 seems like a no brainer.
    You'll likely have a broader ammo selection in more locations.
    Anything from light 55-75 loads all the way to 95-100 loads will be fine for.coyotes and the 95s can drop a dog as far as your willing to send it.
    The light bullets would be fine out to 400 or so, but if you have wind like us...you want the heavier bullets beyond that.
     
  7. Clint Idaho

    Clint Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I shoot both the 25-06 and 243. Main coyote rifle currently is an old 788 Remington. One of the most accurate rifles I own. Don't shoot factory ammo in it, so cannot comment on that part. Current handload is the 58 gr v-max with Varget.

    The 25-06 is my go to rifle of choice for wind. Using a 117 grain bullet with H-4831. It is a Ruger Varmint and to heavy to pack with as much walking as I seem to do for coyotes. The 75 grain with H-4831 is my favorite long range Rockchuck rifle.

    So either choice of caliber should do a great job. Only recomendation I can give is barrel length. Longer the better if you prefer the slow burning powders like I do.
     
  8. 1tonpower

    1tonpower Well-Known Member

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    .243 shooting factory loaded federal 70g NBTs... Next season I'll have a load worked up for the 87vmax.. I do t save the pelts, im looking for big holes :)
     
  9. saskhunter12

    saskhunter12 New Member

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    I like your style 1tonpower. Im not a pelt saver myself. do you find the v-max does the most damage?
     
  10. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    How about this hole?
    P1000530.jpg

    Damage from a 185 Berger from a 300 WSM at 200 yards.
     
  11. 1tonpower

    1tonpower Well-Known Member

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    I saw that pic, and the other one you posted showing how far the pink mist went... Id would have like to see that impact though the scope
     
  12. 1tonpower

    1tonpower Well-Known Member

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    From what I have read from others the vmax isn't too pelt freindly.
     
  13. B23

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    Yeahhhh, I would have to agree that Vmax bullets aren't very pelt friendly but since I don't save pelts, I reallllly like the carnage they create :) This one was zapped with 75gr Vmax out of my 6-284.

    Since you can get factory 6.5-284 ammo my vote for your "Prairie coyote gun" would go toward a 6.5-284. It would reach out and touch them as far as you wanted.
     

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  14. 1tonpower

    1tonpower Well-Known Member

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    what MV are you shooting them at. and how far was the shot..for comparison i like to know how fast the bullet was going when it hit.