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HALL,AUSTIN
February 26, 2012, 08:42 PM
I have a henry .22, a remington 7400 in .270, a savage in .243, and a 12gauge with an IC barrel and iron sights. My question is which of these should I bring hunting next weekend? Im not looking to keep the pelts. I have taken ole wiley with all exept the 270, so what do yall think?

Im on the fence between the 243 and 270 but I want some better opinions than my own. I tried tanning the pelts and failed really badly... My shots are usually 30-75ish yards, seeing as I hunt the thick, hilly WNC woods. But man, I need bullet/rifle combo ideas, anyone got one in mind?

Vanguard.223
February 26, 2012, 08:50 PM
.243 all day!

arch308
February 26, 2012, 08:52 PM
What he said!

Art Eatman
February 26, 2012, 09:25 PM
I'd go with the .243. I forget whether or not you said you reload. Anyhow, the Federal load with the Sierra 85-grain BTHP is as accurate as my handloads have always been with that bullet since long before the Federales figured it out. :D

If you reload, try the Hornady 70-grain or the blue-tip 55-grain, whichever brand those are.

Works good on Bambi, too, if you're a bit picky about the shot placement.

HALL,AUSTIN
February 26, 2012, 09:40 PM
I dont reload. Want to one day when I have the money for a set up, heck I would trade a gun for a reloading setup... One day, but not today. So far Im hearing .243, any other ideas or is it back to old reliable?

Jeremiah/Az
February 26, 2012, 11:29 PM
Are you calling? I agree the .243 is a good coyote gun, but if you are calling, a shotgun works well for close in shots. I have a Savage .223 over a 12 gauge shotgun that works very well on called coyotes. If they hang up out a way, you have the rifle. If they're in your lap, the 12 with #2 shot is perfect.

BIG P
February 27, 2012, 12:39 AM
OK I'll be different if the 7400 shoots good enough, Being you've not tried it yet. The 270 sure makes a different show thats for sure. Good luck

seansean1444
February 27, 2012, 12:52 AM
id also use the .270 IFF you dont want the pelts:)

pbrktrt
February 27, 2012, 06:44 AM
Remington loads a 100gr Cor-Lokt in .270. You end up with a 2 piece pelt.:eek:

Art Eatman
February 27, 2012, 06:57 AM
Browse gunshows, eBay and Craig's list for reloading gear. It doesn't wear out. If the inside of a sizing die isn't scratched, it's good to go. Some of my stuff is over sixty years old. I'm partial to the RCBS "O" press, FWIW.

Hunter Customs
February 27, 2012, 08:53 AM
If you are trying to save the skins the 243 and 270 may be a little hard on them.
If you are a good shot with your 22 and your shots will be between the 35 to 75 yard distance you mentioned I would most likely go with that.
If I was using a 22 I would try for head shots and pratice with the 22 making some quick follow up shots.
Best Regards
Bob Hunter

HALL,AUSTIN
February 27, 2012, 09:02 AM
Im pretty decent with the 22, I usually can hit soda cans at 100 yards.

Hunter Customs
February 27, 2012, 09:03 AM
Browse gunshows, eBay and Craig's list for reloading gear. It doesn't wear out. If the inside of a sizing die isn't scratched, it's good to go. Some of my stuff is over sixty years old. I'm partial to the RCBS "O" press, FWIW.

Hey Art, be careful you are telling your age " some of my stuff is sixty years old".:D

I agree with what Art said about the RCBS "O" press, I have two of them set-up in my reloading shop.
I've seen them sell at garage sales for $35.00 with a set of dies.

Best Regards
Bob Hunter

1hogfan83
February 27, 2012, 09:38 AM
Another for the .243! Take your best scope and put on it too.

HALL,AUSTIN
February 27, 2012, 10:08 AM
My best scope isn't that great as fat as scopse go. Its a leupold veri-x 2-7X33

huntinaz
February 27, 2012, 01:32 PM
I like the 243. I've used 100gr core-lokts on coyotes. Puts them down hard and isn't all that bad on pelts. Not that it matters to either of us:D

Keg
February 27, 2012, 02:16 PM
243....

Vanguard.223
February 27, 2012, 02:27 PM
That leupold would be great, the lower magnification is great for quick shots on yotes.

JHansenAK47
February 27, 2012, 02:32 PM
If I was using a 22 I would try for head shots and pratice with the 22 making some quick follow up shots.
I've went for the double lung shot with a 22 LR and had them run off a good distance. Still killed them just not instantly. Headshots will work just fine for 22 LR.
If you have a 22 magnum 30-75 yards works perfectly.
Im on the fence between the 243 and 270
243 gets my vote based on the cartridge. However if the savage is a bolt gun I would seriously consider the 270 for the simple fact that the remington 7400 is a semi auto.
A lot of people use AR15s for coyote hunting for two big reasons. The first is that they are accurate and are more than capable of taking a coyote with a single shot, like a bolt gun. The second is they are semi auto so given the reality of field shooting you have faster follow up shot than a bolt gun.
Personally, I would take the lighter weight rifle.

HALL,AUSTIN
February 27, 2012, 03:00 PM
The savage is by far lighter than the rem.

AllenJ
February 27, 2012, 03:22 PM
I'd take the 243 for the longer shots but also take the shotgun for close encounters.

rickyrick
February 27, 2012, 03:23 PM
I think your favorite rifle and the 2-7 should work great.

HALL,AUSTIN
February 27, 2012, 05:05 PM
Just tried the leupold and its too short to fit the rifles... Any thoughts?

farmerboy
February 27, 2012, 05:10 PM
if youre confused any one is good

HALL,AUSTIN
February 27, 2012, 05:46 PM
Confused... Im not confused, just wanting to see other people's suggestions.

ltc444
February 29, 2012, 10:31 PM
use the one you are most accurate with

L_Killkenny
March 2, 2012, 11:08 AM
Feel your pain with the scope being to short. 2-7x is by far my favorite hunting magnification but I too have trouble getting them onto my long action guns. Most of the time I have to step up to a 3-9x. You should be able to find a one peice base that will work for either gun but if it's like around here you won't find em locally.

As which gun kinda depends on terrain. The .270 will do fine (although I don't like em. They are like butt holes, everyone's got one) with game bullets but I don't like shooting big centerfies in populated areas where ricochet may be an issue. Even the varmint bullets for em are too heavily constructed IMO. Use the .243 and you can limit the issue a little with bullet choice.

LK

farmerboy
March 2, 2012, 02:18 PM
maybe the reason why everyone has a 270 is because theyre a great caliber. I would love one of those flat shooters, maybe one day. I could see where youd be leary about using a gun that youd have to worry about richoshets but only if I hunted in a city where houses are everywhere. Cmon ? seriously coyote hunting? to me the 243 and 270 would be same here. I would take both incase if one has malfunctions but Id use which one I felt I was more accurate with. Personally I would try and find a 223 for this. They will reach out there, have plenty of knock down power and have little to none recoil which alot of people can shoot good for that reason and they cheap to shoot means you can practice more because the cost of ammo. Question is, which gun are you going to take??? Go have fun!

L_Killkenny
March 2, 2012, 02:35 PM
I could see where youd be leary about using a gun that youd have to worry about richoshets but only if I hunted in a city where houses are everywhere. Cmon ? seriously coyote hunting? to me the 243 and 270 would be same here.

Everywhere ain't Texas. I live in rural farm country and from where I sit there are 12 houses within one mile of me and another 1/2 doz if you add another 1/4 mile. Just imagine how many are within 3 miles? And yes, there's a big difference in bullet construction and thus in ricochet factor between a .243 and those available for the .270.

LK

farmerboy
March 2, 2012, 05:21 PM
If its that bad, you ever thought bout moving???

rickyrick
March 2, 2012, 05:41 PM
I would use .223 45gr or less specifically for varmints in that area. And don't miss. I have never heard the winchester Varmint, or Hornaday Varmint express ricochet. Doesn't mean that they don't. They will put the coyote belly up with a shot any where in between the landing gear.

HALL,AUSTIN
March 3, 2012, 11:44 PM
So I took the 270, and I also got the leupold on the 243... 130gr corelokt do bad things to wiley. Very bad things.