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post #1 of 46 Old 05-19-2010, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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NEED A RIFLE

Hey guys need to get a rifle to hunt coyotes, among other things. I live in Indiana so I can't use it to hunt deer here. The main thing it would be used for would be to protect my livestock from coyotes and dogs, but also just for pleasure shooting and maybe to hunt some other game.

I have narrowed my selection down basically to three choices based on price, quality, and experience/reputation of these guns. I have not completely narrowed it down on caliber, but I was thinking anywhere from a .223 or .22-250, a .243 or a 7mm-08 or maybe even a .25-06, but i am definitely leaning towards the first three.

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220 Swift or 204 Ruger. I wouldnt use anyother. Just my 2 cents tho.

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I'm a big fan of the Rem 700 I currently have four. As for caliber, you really can't go worng with any of them especially if you handload. The 223 is cheap and plentiful, I have a 243 and love it cause I could use it on deer or larger game, the 25-06 is long action, some people don't like them, I personally think that it and the 7mm-08 are overkill for just coyotes. I have no experience with the 204 Ruger or the 220 Swift

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Rem 700 all the way. I have 3 and my dad and brother each have one. We all love them. Thats the only rifle I will hunt with. Any caliber you have listed will be good. I a 243 in the rem 700 youth model. I like the youth model because its light and its short so you handle it easy.


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If your not looking at hunting anything other then small game. I would not go with a big caliber. I would stay with .223 or 22-250. Now a few more things you should consider. Which is your state laws. What is legal to use for night hunting. Most states do not allow the use of centerfire rifles for night hunting of coyotes.

I know many people using the 22-250 for woodchucks, coyotes, and other small/medium size game with great results. Also there are a ton of 22-250 rounds out there of various grains and what not.


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I have a .22-250 and hunt Indiana yotes frequently. I like it because it is a pleasure to shoot. However, if I was going to buy another rifle just for the yotes I would step up to the .243 I have had a couple times where I wanted a couple more grains of lead to throw. Those heavier bullets buck the wind a little better also. Oh and Remington 700 all the way!!!

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def go with the Rem 700 VTR in .223.... or you could go with a AR 15
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I have a 700 BDL in 7mm Mag. and .25-06 both guns are from the 80's. Great rifles.

Have you considered the Winchester Coyote? I have one in 22-250 and it shoots like a dream, trigger is adjustable by you and is crisp from the factory.

I've shot more deer and coyotes with this rifle than the other 2 combined.

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you cant hardly beat a Rem 700
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I have a 700 BDL in 7mm Mag. and .25-06 both guns are from the 80's. Great rifles.

Have you considered the Winchester Coyote? I have one in 22-250 and it shoots like a dream, trigger is adjustable by you and is crisp from the factory.

I've shot more deer and coyotes with this rifle than the other 2 combined.
you shoot deer with a 22-250 that is a GREAT round for yotes but not one i would ever choose for a deer way way to light of a bullet

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