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Old 12-31-2007, 05:26 PM
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What is a recommended varmit/coyote caliber? I have a neighbor who wants me to shoot the coyotes on his land in exchange I will be able to hunt it next deer season. However he figured that my .270 was little much to shoot in vicinity of his house (this is where all his livestock is getting hit). What would recommend? It is a great excuse to buy a new gun...hahaha...Right now I own a Remington 700 .270....still planning on staying with Remington...
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Old 12-31-2007, 05:31 PM
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I would suggest a .223, for what you described.Good luck, and good hunting.
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Old 12-31-2007, 05:43 PM
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There are a few good options. But for the non-reloader like me I went with the .223. The others are good but ammo prices are also higher. My.02
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Old 12-31-2007, 06:34 PM
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204, 223, 22-250, 243(also as a backup deer round) or prob your best choice is a 12 gauge shotgun with either no4 buckshot, no4 turkey loads, or the new Hevi-shot Dead Coyote shells.
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Old 12-31-2007, 09:17 PM
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I love my 22-250, but if I had to start over I'd get a .204 Ruger. The .204 shoots just as flat, burns less powder, kicks less, and is still more than powerful enough for 'yotes.
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Old 12-31-2007, 09:25 PM
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The 223 is pretty good for lots of reasons, such as cheap, not extremely noisy and effective. Sounds like the yotes have found a smorgasboard. Probably a 22 Hornet would also do the job quieter, but that would take you out of Remington. I have a coworker that runs a cat orphanage, about 50 or so. She has yote problems too. I am sure they think the world of her.
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Old 01-01-2008, 08:11 AM
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Well to be honest everything mentioned except the shotgun are high powered rifles all with the capability to travel over a mile in the right situation. Like if you pick the wrong type of bullet and/or miss the target. The only difference will be the size of the hole you put in whatever stops the bullet.

I don't know if they make any varmint type bullets for the 270, but if they do I don't see where it would be "bad" choice for coyote. As long as you pick a bullet with rapid expansion and one that will fragment easily on impact.

I honestly don't see where the rifle has anything to do with accidentally shooting live stock or someones property in the background. I say it has more to do with the person pulling the trigger.

That being said it is hard to beat a good .223 center fire. Inexpensive to shoot, pretty good range and usually pretty accurate. If you want something a little faster and flatter step up to the 22-250. And if you want something with a little more versatility get a .243 or 25-06.

They will all injure livestock if they are within range and you miss your intended target or pick a bullet that will zip right through a small animal.

My opinions anyway

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Old 01-01-2008, 08:18 AM
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Old 01-01-2008, 08:20 AM
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I use a .243 for yotes and doubles as a deer rifle when needed.
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Old 01-01-2008, 08:29 AM
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I just bought a Remington Model Seven in a .204

It's the same action as your 700, just 6" shorter overall. Lighter for long walks.

I was in the same boat as you, I had a 700 in a .270 and it was doing a little too much pelt damage to save any.
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