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Lookin' for a good long range coyote rifle!

Old 04-22-2004, 04:00 PM
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Default Lookin' for a good long range coyote rifle!

Looking to by a varmit rifle for coyotes. Your oppinins on what to buy would be great! Good Hunting!
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Old 04-22-2004, 05:14 PM
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I've got a Savage 110 bull barrel, .25-06, with a bipod and a high quality scope. I've put down several whitetail and coyotes out past 350 yards. It's a very heavy gun but it never misses a beat. I bought it just for coyotes, but, use it when I hunt Missouri whitetail to cover a 200 acre hayfield bottom. I also have a very straight shooting Savage 110 .243, that I've downed coyotes at 200 yards. I like the accuarcy of a savage and after I purchase one I still have some change left in my pocket. I would go with a Savage 110, Composite either caliber.
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Old 05-03-2004, 02:42 PM
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Default RE: Lookin' for a good long range coyote rifle!

.223 cheaper ammo than larger varmint calibers with almost the same velocities. Winchester makes a 40gr bullet at 3600 fps in a 40 round value pack for $11 and hordady has a factory round at 3800 fps with a 40 gr V-max. Both will shoot under .5 inch group at 100 yards out of my 700 VLS
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Old 05-03-2004, 03:52 PM
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i use a 22-250.i ise winchester ballistic silvertip ammo.coyotes will not get up from these.
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Old 05-04-2004, 09:40 AM
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I think the 243. with a 65 grain V-max bullet works great. A 223 is not good at long ranges.
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Old 05-05-2004, 05:53 AM
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My pick would be a 22-250. Preferably, the gun would have a fluted bull barrel. Also, I would want it to be bolt action and maybe even a thumbhole stock. Sounds kinda like an encore doesn't it?
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Old 05-07-2004, 10:51 PM
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What do you consider "long range"? Personally, I consider long range to be 400 to 1000 meters.

From my days as a sniper in the military, I found that the lighter .22 cal bullets will drift a lot more than the heaver .30 bullets if you have any wind (depending on the wind value) making for a much more difficult shot.

Any center fire cartrige in .22 cal (.223, 22-250, .243, and 25-06 etc.) will kill coyots and other small game out to 500 meters and beyond (if you can hit them).

A good .30 cal (such as the .308 Win and .300 Win Mag) will make things a lot easier for you the shooter to hit beyond 500 yards.


You still need to master calling wind when shooting extended ranges no matter what you decide to shoot.

My personal choices would be the .223 for 400 yards and shorter and .308 for longer shots. The ammunitions is easy to find and there are a lot of different rifles chamberd for these popular rounds.
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Old 05-08-2004, 09:06 AM
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At the range while cross wind was about 15mph I shot both a 22-250 55gr bullet and a 30-06 180gr bullet at 500meters. The result was the 30-06 drifted about 4ft to the right. While the 22-250 drifted less than 2ft. The factor of the bullet surface area in the wind and the speed of the 22-250 made it drift less. But the main factor here is as PLB would know being a sniper is the 30-06 would hit the same spot almost everytime while the 22-250 would change with the gusts of wind making it harder to pin point the shot. Time in flight is a major factor on wind drift making the 22-250 drift alot less but in gusty winds its not as consistant as the heavier 30-06 bullet.

I like the 25-06 as being one of the best all range coyote calibers out there. Stay in the lung area and you won't have to sew up big holes. lol
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Old 05-08-2004, 09:13 AM
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ok already.how many times are you going to tell us about a sniper
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Old 05-08-2004, 08:41 PM
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dep214,

What are you talking about?
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