View Full Version : Contender for coyotes

February 11, 2012, 02:04 PM
In this Encore adventure I have embarked on, I keep thinking about selling the Encore and buying a Contender. It seems a functioning 460 SW barrel is unattainable at less than $375, so I probably will go with 445 Super/Ultra mag. That is contender compatible. The other consideration for this switch barrel platform is Coyote. I was previously looking at 22-250, which is not safe in a contender, but I am open to other rounds. 223 is possible and a reasonable round, but I already own a 223 rifle and would really like something with a bit more zip. 223 AI is possible along with 204 Ruger. 223 AI doesn't seem worth it over a 223. 204 Ruger is pushing the low end for coyotes.

I can't get a 445 mag pistol or a 460 pistol any cheaper than I can add them to my Encore set-up, but I can get a NICE Savage rifle for the same price or less, so maybe I should just settle the switch barrel to the pistol rounds.

The contender frame and accessories are just a little bit cheaper, more available, and most importantly a little smaller/lighter which would be nice for a pistol hunting rig.

Anyways, MGM has a list of calibers. Any of these stand out as something better than the 223AI

February 15, 2012, 03:04 PM
Take it 223AI is the flattest shooting contender round that is also good for coyotes.

February 17, 2012, 11:35 PM
The 223 is good out of the contender.

If you reload the old 30 Herritt is excellent on Coyotes. I had one and screwed up when I traded it for a Remington XP in 223.

February 18, 2012, 06:14 PM
Are there any 6mm options available? That would be my pick. I think the 7-30 Waters would be a good choice too. Light bullets should shoot pretty flat and pack a good punch on them song dogs.

February 18, 2012, 06:25 PM
If you just want more "umpf", go with the .30-30.

Wont shoot as flat as a .223 but more than enough power for coyote.
Come whitetail season you've got a real light weight Bambi burger maker.

February 18, 2012, 10:06 PM
Being you already have a 223,I would try the 7-30 Waters love mine coyotes hate it.