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Old February 26, 2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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Which of my guns should I use on my next coyote hunt?

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?
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Old February 26, 2012, 08:50 PM   #2
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.243 all day!
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Old February 26, 2012, 08:52 PM   #3
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What he said!
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Old February 26, 2012, 09:25 PM   #4
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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.

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.
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Old February 26, 2012, 09:40 PM   #5
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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?
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Old February 26, 2012, 11:29 PM   #6
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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.
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Old February 27, 2012, 12:39 AM   #7
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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
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Old February 27, 2012, 12:52 AM   #8
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id also use the .270 IFF you dont want the pelts
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Old February 27, 2012, 06:44 AM   #9
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Remington loads a 100gr Cor-Lokt in .270. You end up with a 2 piece pelt.
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Old February 27, 2012, 06:57 AM   #10
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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.
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Old February 27, 2012, 08:53 AM   #11
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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.
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Old February 27, 2012, 09:02 AM   #12
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Im pretty decent with the 22, I usually can hit soda cans at 100 yards.
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Old February 27, 2012, 09:03 AM   #13
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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".

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.

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Old February 27, 2012, 09:38 AM   #14
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Another for the .243! Take your best scope and put on it too.
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Old February 27, 2012, 10:08 AM   #15
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My best scope isn't that great as fat as scopse go. Its a leupold veri-x 2-7X33
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Old February 27, 2012, 01:32 PM   #16
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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
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Old February 27, 2012, 02:16 PM   #17
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Old February 27, 2012, 02:27 PM   #18
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That leupold would be great, the lower magnification is great for quick shots on yotes.
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Old February 27, 2012, 02:32 PM   #19
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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.
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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.
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Old February 27, 2012, 03:00 PM   #20
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The savage is by far lighter than the rem.
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Old February 27, 2012, 03:22 PM   #21
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I'd take the 243 for the longer shots but also take the shotgun for close encounters.
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Old February 27, 2012, 03:23 PM   #22
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I think your favorite rifle and the 2-7 should work great.
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Old February 27, 2012, 05:05 PM   #23
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Just tried the leupold and its too short to fit the rifles... Any thoughts?
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Old February 27, 2012, 05:10 PM   #24
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if youre confused any one is good

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Old February 27, 2012, 05:46 PM   #25
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Confused... Im not confused, just wanting to see other people's suggestions.
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