What all-around rifle for predator hunting?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Hotwheels, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Hotwheels

    Hotwheels New Member

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    I would like to hunt raccoons, fox, and coyotes. What caliber would work for all of these animals without destroying the hides? I have not hunted predators before but would like to try. I have a 22 long rifle and a 7.62 x54r, but I would think the 7.62x54r would be to big. I don't know if the 22 would work? Thanks for any info you would share.
     
  2. bruce_ventura

    bruce_ventura Well-Known Member

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    22 magnum will work as long as shot placement is correct, which may limit range to under 100 yds. 22 Hornet would give you greater range and better terminal effects with a large variety of bullets. if you handload, you can load 22Hornet down to nearly 22 magnum speeds.

    Savage 25 or 40 rifles in 22 Hornet as tack drivers.
     

  3. Hotwheels

    Hotwheels New Member

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    Thank you for the info. There is a gun show coming up and now I have an idea what to look for.
     
  4. 1100 Remington Man

    1100 Remington Man Well-Known Member

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    Buy a .223 Rem.
     
  5. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    What he said! Couldn't do better for effective, efficient, and inexpensive. I've found the rimfires sometimes leave me hunting the critter. Centerfires put the lights out quick. Pick the right bullet and you won't damage pelts.
     
  6. bruce_ventura

    bruce_ventura Well-Known Member

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    That's what I used for fox and coyote, but then I'm not concerned with pelt value. I find that .223 tends to damage pelts on smaller animals at close range. If you handload, you can load .223 down as well.
     
  7. savatage

    savatage Well-Known Member

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    My vote is the .223 rem... If pelts are not a concern, then it would be .22-250.
     
  8. JARHEAD1371

    JARHEAD1371 Well-Known Member

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    If you don't care about BIG holes in the pelts then the 7 SAUM with 180 Berger Hybrids does the trick. I haven't had a coyote make it more than a step with up to a softball sized hole. gun)
     
  9. tuck2

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    There are a number of different cartridges that are fine for shooting varmints preditors out to 300 yards. A accurate 17 Fireball , 17 Rem, 204 Ruger, 223 Rem, and 22-250 Rem rifles with top quality scope will work. For some the 17 Fireball may be a bit under powered and the 22-250 a bit over powered. If most all of your shots will be under 150 yards take a look at the 221 Fireball. I live in the wide open country and like the 204 Ruger round but have used a number of different varmint cartridges.
     
  10. Nomad

    Nomad Banned

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    The 223 with a 60gr Nos bullet will work on your dogs and not do damage to the hides.....
    For most shooting the 52gr to the 55gr bullets will out to 300 yards.and are very effective.
    Loading H335 for most loads in a couple of different 223's with great groups. The brass is
    Win and mainly 205M and CCI 400.
     
  11. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

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    The new 17 hornet from Hornady might be a good option, but first thing that came to mine is the 223.