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Discussion in 'Guns - Blackpowder' started by gander, Nov 23, 2006.
what whould be a good brand or cal for coyotes
im in indiana so i use a shotgun for coyotes whenever i have a chance to go. our thick woods and brush with crop fields offer a good setup for the dead coyote shotshells by i believe federal.
I use a model 700 remington cal in 22-250 myself and prefer it over my 223 in the same rifle.
243 for me best all around cal there is just my op.
Hey Tim. Give a little more info & you'll get better answers. For instance, if I only wanted one rifle, my only concern varmints, shots not over 300 meters, & this was my first centerfire rifle I'd go with the 223(5.56). Ammo is cheap and available, you can learn everything you need to know to be a good rifleman and all the major manufacturers make good ones. But if this isn't your scenario, something else would probably be better. Bigger game & longer shots, different caliber. Lots of things to consider.
I have a Rem. 700 in 22-250 that I use when hunting the open country. I have a Savage O/U .223/12 that I use most of the time. I prefer not to kill them any deader then necessary because I sell the fur. That being said they are tough critters so its important to use enough gun........
Well Tim, preference is everything, is ya gonna use the rifle just fer varmits? Or maybe deer hunt also? My solution was a Ruger #1 varmiter in a 25-06 great on deer and just murder on varmits. Only limited by your ability as far as range goes. I use a 100 grain bullet and serves serious lead poisioning for either varmit or deer. I use ta have a Remington 700BDL in a varmit special. Chambered in 6mm, (.244) also a deadly choice for serving up lead as a main dish. Lost that rifle to a house fire, I cried when I realized that was gone....The varmiters come with Bull barrels and are heavy-er than sporters but that extra barrel does some kinda magic....But to each his own...Let us know what you choose.......
Also to add in the mix is whether or not you might want to save the pelts or not if so i think that the smaller 22 cal are best the larger 24+ will all but destroy a pelt so any 22 centerfire will fill the bill and dont overlook the 12 and10 ga shotguns loaded with bb up to #4 buckshot work respectably also good huntin
Blue Duck, I also use the Savage .223/12 and think it is a great gun. All my yoter's are called in and I probably use the shotgun 4 to 1 over the rifle. Did shoot one at 217 yards(rangefindered) with the .223.
Do you have yours scoped, if so, what kind.
I also use the .223 for my coyote gun, and I've heard a lot of good things about the 22/250. Also optics can be a very important if you'll need to take longer shots, a scope is definately not the place to try and save a few bucks. But if your not going to sell the fur you could blast it with a .300 ultra mag if you wanted to, I personally think thats a little much but to each his own Ha ha. Also I think dead coyote is made by Hevi-Shot, but I'm not real sure.
i have a thing for a .220 swift myself
i like the 22/250 myself and it will take a deer out no problem. shot two bucks with mine and dropped the first in his tracks the other ran 20yards and left a good blood trail. both where shot in the shoulders. deer where 140-150lbs. and its legal here.
i use a .22mag, it works ok, but the range is limited. i dont own either but I'm guessing the .223 or a .22-250 is the best way to go. I also use a .32 special, anything over .30cal will put it down SO fast. If you take that route you have a great deer rifle too. good luck
22-250, 223, 7mmTCU, are my faveorites, or the old 835 with 3 1/2 inches of 000 buck shot if they are close enough.
I use an AR-15 or a .243, they both work great