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Old 07-15-2013, 08:39 AM
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Need some advice folks. Next October I'm going on a predator hunt in Texas and need a good rifle that won't ruin the pelt on a bobcat/coyote/gray fox. Right now my only choices are a .243 or .22mag, the .243 I'm afraid will just make too big of a hole and the .22mag I feel is just not heavy enough for yotes. Lately I've been thinking of trading the .243 since I already have 2 good deer rifles plus if I were too keep it I would have to rescope it as the scope on it is just more than I need. I was thinking at looking at either a .222, .223, or a .204. Would really like y'alls opinions on these as fur guns. I am not looking for an AR type rifle since I would still like to use it in PA for groundhogs and predators so probably a bolt gun or possibly a good single shot, what's everyone's opinion?
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:42 AM
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I don't know how many coyotes Ive dropped with my 223. Great gun. Has nice flat shot.
But heck as a kid I just had a plain old 22pump and did pretty good.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:50 AM
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I was sorta leaning towards a .223 since ammo is (was) fairly available, plus its a flat shooter that will knock the snot out of a yote. I'm not against shooting them with the .22mag if its all I have, but I've heard too many horror stories of em getting away and don't want to take that chance on a paid hunting trip, thanks for the help

By the way, what round are you shooting in your .223
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Wow its been so long since I store bought any ammo Id be guessin if I tried to say. I buy from a freind of mine that reloads. Last time I bought I handed him a$100 and he gave me a pretty good size box. I have no idea how many was even in there...
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I don't varmint hunt but when a coyote walks while I am deer hunting the 270wsm does a fine job. My hunting buddy has a nice varmint rifle, its a Remington 223 with heavy barrel. IMO a 223 will do just fine but good shot placement is required, a little bullet traveling really fast without much expansion. Also if you are going to get a 223 I would go with a rifle chambered for 5.56 so you can fire both rounds in the rifle. Not safe to fire 5.56 out of a 223 chamber because of the increased pressures of the round, though people do it.
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I use my .243 and 22/250 and they both perform very well w/ 65grain bullets and make small holes in the fur while dropping them in their tracks. Best/longest shot I have personally made was with the .243, 535 yds and dropped in its tracks and that is a long shot for a Georgia boy. Oh and I have been using the same .243 for 31yrs now so Im really comfortable with her and know she will do the job.
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Thanks for the help guys, I actually thought about just using the .243 but using a heavy bullet that won't expand so rapidly on a small thin skinned critter, if I wasn't worried bout pelts I'd just take the .257 weatherby
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I use my .243 and 22/250 and they both perform very well w/ 65grain bullets and make small holes in the fur while dropping them in their tracks. Best/longest shot I have personally made was with the .243, 535 yds and dropped in its tracks and that is a long shot for a Georgia boy. Oh and I have been using the same .243 for 31yrs now so Im really comfortable with her and know she will do the job.
LOL Georgia boy? That's a long shot for anyone period. Good shootin!
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I like a .22/250 for coyotes but the .243 would be a great choice also. Where I am they are skittish and the .22 mag does not have the range I would like.

I would worry more about the bullet then the gun though as there are so many small calibers rounds that would get the job done.
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