There are a number of good ones out there. I got my 25-06 in 1962 when I was 14. It took about all the money I had at the time. Maybe for that reason and because it shoots so well and is so versatile that it still remains my favorite caliber and I still have that gun.
I like my .223 for general shooting. When I want a heavier bullet and sometimes for deer my 6x45. Both shoot way better than I do. The 6x45 gives the lower 2/3 of .243 velocities for 1/3 less powder with 70 to 90 grain bullets.
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I have a cheapo Howa (make the Weatherby) .22-250 and the cheapest high power scope ever made. It is a good gun, actually. Works just fine.
But man, I wish I'd have bought a .223.........just because of the cheaper ammo. I have thought of selling the .22-250, but probably wouldn't get enough to replace it, since it's a cheapo.
I have yet to get into coyote hunting big time, but those that do are sure tempting me to do so. Sounds like a ball. Just one more set of paraphanelia (calls, decoys, etc), and TIME to do it. Maybe when I retire.
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I have a Marlin 17HMR varmint that is a tack driver. Although I killed a black bear that had begin to lose its fear on man with a head shot at 40 yards I will probably make my Savage .243 serve as a deer and varmint rifle most of the time. Usually I am in front of a sliding window with a loaded crossbow, the 17 Cal. the .243 cal. Binoculars and a camera within reach. In addition, I have plenty of snacks, water and reading material within reach also. Behind me is a two burner propane heater that heats the place up nice. If it is raining or snow is falling then I can really enjoy an afternoon or a day. I have a place to take a nap with pillowws and padding. I didn't learn how to really hunt until I got to the point where most people has to quit. 30 yards east is a stock type feeder stocked with corn and chops so I am entertained by birds. What I plan to do is hire a person to help me pick up deer along side of the road and stake them with a iron rod (to prevent varmints from dragging them) out at 150 yards to attract coyotes, mexican buzzards and other varmints. What a good life I have. Ozark
Don't have a favorite , yet. There is a 25-06, but I think I will shoot a 308 this winter. Ball ammo should just make a hole in the coyotes that come to my home made e caller compliments of Brigg's information.
I've got a Rem 222 and a 233. The 222 is the one I keep handy and has a scope with a large objective lens for low light shooting. The 223 has a heavier barrel with scope that has a dual reticle. I use it when I get serious about varmint hunting. I reload for both of them and they shoot good.
Post by chilipepper on Jan 14, 2009 22:45:23 GMT -5
Savage 110 .270 Bushnell legend 5-15 Mil Dot not the most expensive but i love it 90 grain serria hp at 3800fps with 63.8 grains of R-19 I average under 1/4" moa makes one heck of a mess out of any wood chuck in sight
i have a soft spot for my sav. mod. 10 in 223. put a boyds thumhole stock on it. it has killed a few coyotes over the last few yrs. dusted a crow the other day off of the deer carcus i draged and staked out back. i load a sierra 55gr spbt w/ h335 . has performed nicely. hmr for squirrel. howa 243 for deer. jk
Gee, there are just too many to have just one favorite:
17hmr Tactical 20 .22-250 .25-06
The 17hmr has been devastating on marauding starlings. The Tac 20 has been a nightmare on thieving raccoons. The one coyote gotten with the .20 was the deadest DRT I've ever seen, didn't even kick after falling over sideways. The other two are great for pdogs with the '06 winning out during higher X-wind situations.
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I've got a 22-250 and a 17 HMR. Both fun to shoot and both are deadly accurate. I used to use the 22-250 on everything from gophers to coyotes. Now the preferred gopher gun is the 17. I'm sure the 17 would work on coyotes at under a 100 with good shot placement but IMO the 22-250 is the preferred rifle for yotes.
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