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GOOD COYOTE/DEER GUN

Old 02-11-2009, 04:10 PM
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i'd side with the .243, that gives you a lot of options for loads and long distance
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:31 AM
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There is a lot of .243 lovers and all the power to you, it is indeed a great cartridge and I will not debate otherwise.
As far as the varmint side of calibers the .243 is one of the best choices when you are considering jumping up, to use it for Deer, and probably the minimum IMO.
I chose the .270 for the simple reason of misplaced shots on deer. The .270 will allow for some "Murphy's Law" that happens while hunting.

As an "example" of my claim... While hunting in TX back in 2007, a gentleman gut shot a deer with a .243. Now I'm not claiming that it would have died quicker with a .270, as mentioned it was a bad shot, so let's get that straight. However, after recouping the deer the following day, some 500 yards away, the guided said... In his 28 years of guiding, "the heavy majority of the deer that are wounded are from people that come to camp with a .243". He has always recommended @ least a .270 for this reason, but doesn't enforce it. As he too says "a well placed high percentage shot from a .243 will down a deer just fine".

So there you have it, my opinion why!

If your are a marksman that has never compromised a high percentage shot.
OR
If your deer has never moved / twitched while squeezing the trigger, then a .243 is your poison, a little extra can never hurt though???
So many parents put a small recoil gun in the hands of a novice hunter. And so many times it goes array! If you can handle 243 you can handle the recoil of a 270, there isn't that much difference in recoil, PERIOD(especially with recoil reduction loads)!
Now as described above this is not an issolated incident with a 243, The bullet placement needs to be exact to make a clean and consistant kill. Most excited youths or older folks with buck fever will not make that exact shot kill. NO EXCUSS for bad shots, and I'm not saying that. Practice is the key! However, a better Knock down bullet and penetration will make a potentially bad hunt into a memory? I believe the 270 is the best choice as well. But again it does depend on the shooter abilities and training given over timne. Now this is the key!!!
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Old 02-12-2009, 01:33 PM
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i agree but a 270 is way over kill for a Coyote
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Old 02-13-2009, 03:54 AM
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i agree but a 270 is way over kill for a Coyote
Yes, you are correct, but I think the .243, in instances (bad shot selections, etc.), underpowered for deer.

Think of it this way... Your trying to kill the predator and really not worried about the meat, so blast a hole into him.
However, in my experiences, I want a clean kill on a deer, not a marginal kill, in instances mentioned...

RugerMike elaborated more on my point about not compromising shots / practice. Too many people do this when their caught up in the moment of truth. I assume everyone practices with their rifles, but many don't, and that's an issue of willingly compromising your shot (accuracy, flinch, squeeze, etc..)
Shot selection is key and then there is Murphy's law to contend with.
I wouldn't take the chance on a deer and the coyote is just going to be a maggot pie anyways!


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Old 02-13-2009, 04:06 AM
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Another vote for the .243.I just bought a Remington 700 mounted a 3-9x40 Nikon Buckmaster on it.Nice shooting gun.
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:06 AM
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Can't add anything that has not already been said.I love a 6mm of any kind.But just my preference would be the 25-06.If pelt damage is an issue on the yotes I would think that with the velocities of both will create about the same amount of damage.That's where bullet design comes in to play.You can get the right (or wrong)projectile for either for any situation.JMHO
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