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Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by Big_Steve, Aug 28, 2007.
That should do it, but I think there was a mention or 2 about cost of ammo
In my opinion it depends a lot on the range that you will be shooting....but you can't go wrong with the .223 or .22-250.
7.62x39 seems like it would work well
They do work as I have been using a SKS for coyote, but with the rainbow like trajectory correct shot placement is difficult. I zeroed mine at 50 yards and using a mil-dot scope have been able to get most of my shots at 100 yards close to where I want them. But it is time for some shots in the 300-400 yard range and currently I think the 22-250 is going to be the choice.
I have the Savage model12fv bullbarrel .223. It's awsome (Tack Driver), you can't beat a savage on accuracy The accutrigger is unreal ! Ammo is cheap & you have a wide selection of brands & type !
.223 and 22-250 (my fav) are poison to coyotes.Never had one take another step with either.
I bought my boy a .204 last Christmas and wow it is a barn burner.Be hard for me to argue against this round out to 300yrds.
When my father passed I was given his Remington model 700 22-250. Since then I've taken a bobcat with it and it nearly blew out the shoulder of the bullet exit. My tax. done a great job though. My son in law has used it to deer hunt with and it takes them down fast also so I'm sure it would be a mean gun for the yotes
??????????17 hmr is plenty
I have heard that the 17 is not a big enough round to humanely kill one.
.223 IS plenty, I have owned one since I was 13, 20years ago. I still have that same rifle NEF with a 4x12 40mm. Although my 10 year old son now claims it. He has killed 9 deer and a coyote with it. I have taken numerous groundhogs when I was younger then got it out a few years ago to start coyote hunting with. It has never failed. He has never lost a deer and I have never lost a predator. It is all about shot placement. If you dont shoot as accurate as maybe you need too, then maybe step up to a .243, personally I love this cal. very versitile. coyotes or deer for all ages. Right now my deer rifle is a ruger m77 mark II .25-06, nice cal but expensive to shoot, and I dont want to beat it around hunting yotes, so I stick with the .223. Shoot them all if you can and pick the one you shoot best.
I bought a H&R in the .204 early last year. Put the AR look-a-like stock and forend on it w/ a bi-pod. It is small and easy to carry. Holds up to some pretty rough treatment, and looks cool too. The flattest shooting rifle I have ever shot. On the range out to 300 is a lay-up, and so far in the feild, out to 200 yards, Only needed that one shot.
What about a .240 Weatherby Mag.? I looked strongly at this caliber about a year ago, until something else trumped it on the "wish list."
A Ruger 26-06 M77 Mark II
I use a Ruger M77 in 22-250 because I got it cheap. I really don't know a lot about brands, calibers, ballistics etc but the few coyotes and groundhogs I have shot with it didn't seem to notice.
Just bought a savage model 10 preditor in 22-250. I haven't gotten to shoot it yet, but I have heard from friends that coyotes don't mind it...mainly because they never know it hit them