Best coyote rifle for newbie???

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Best coyote rifle for newbie???

Postby Blackfoot down » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:19 pm

Need some input... I have never posted on the predator forum, but I have only started coyote hunting a little over the last couple of years. I have been using my .30-06 with 125 grain. Now I can't find 125 grain and I am getting tired of rezeroing for deer with 150's and then coyotes. I want to buy a new rifle, but EVERYONE is sold out because of the school shooting. I have been consider a .22-250 or a .223. I prefer bolts. I love the Savage line up as long as they have Accu Triggers. The issue is that I don't have a thousand bucks to throw at a new gun and scope setup. Wal-Mart can order a Savage Axis for around $300 buck, but it doesn't have an Accu Trigger. That adds a trigger job for about 60 bucks. Now add a scope...there is another couple hundred. I hunt in Southwest Missouri which is the heart of the Ozark Mountains. The places I can coyote hunt are shots of no farther than 400 yards. We get lots of cross winds through the valleys so I want something fairly able to take winds of 10-15 MPH. I have never sold any furs and don't have a clue about how to sell them. So far, the few dogs I have shot, I just save the skulls to hang in my hunting room. Ducks and geese have about bankrupted me (LOL) so this is just an extra way to stay outside hunting. Any help on what to buy??? I am trying to stay away from .223 since every one that has them has bought every last round of ammo and I don't see getting any in time to hunt within a few weeks!!!
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Re: Best coyote rifle for newbie???

Postby bubba57 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:18 pm

Savage Axis is a good gun, Have you checked out Rugers American Rifle also a good gun for the money. Don't blame you for staying away from 223's. 22-250 is a great choice for yotes, thats what i have shot for years. Last Christmas my wife got me an Axis in a 243.
Ive been shootin Hornady 52Gr in it, It does a great job on yotes
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Re: Best coyote rifle for newbie???

Postby Blackfoot down » Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:46 am

Bubba,
Thanks for the input. Rugers are also a great gun. I will check them out also. Do you have any
+ or - issues with your Axis? I read a few reviews that say they have a slightly stiff/heavy trigger...
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Re: Best coyote rifle for newbie???

Postby bubba57 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:05 pm

Blackfoot down wrote:Bubba,
Thanks for the input. Rugers are also a great gun. I will check them out also. Do you have any
+ or - issues with your Axis? I read a few reviews that say they have a slightly stiff/heavy trigger...


The Axis does have a lil stiffer trigger than some of my other guns, but not enough to effect accurcy, at least not for me.
But I've been making do all my life if ya know what I mean.
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Re: Best coyote rifle for newbie???

Postby 2500hdon37s » Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:29 pm

I'd highly suggest the Remington 700 SPS series with the bull barrels, either .223 or .308 my brother has both and I've shot both and love them! great feel and balance to them. over 2000+ rounds through the both of them with zero problems and the both have leupold scopes. and shoot very well over 200 yards.
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Re: Best coyote rifle for newbie???

Postby Blackfoot down » Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:32 am

Bubba,
Thanks for the advice on the trigger. Sounds like it may be the way to go since it is an affordable gun. I can handle doing a little trigger work later, but dropping a grand for another gun is always hard to convince the wife!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The 700 is a great gun, but the price is creeping out of my range for now. Doesn't the .308 tend to ruin the hides from the larger exit wounds? I have ruined the pelts from the ones I shot with my .06 even using 125 grain bullets.
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Re: Best coyote rifle for newbie???

Postby derbyacresbob » Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:58 am

For a coyote rifle I WOULD NOT get a Bull or Heavy barrel. Coyote rifles are carried around more than they are shot so a lighter rifle is very important.

If I could only have one coyote rifle it would be either a 22-250 or a 243 Win. If you are selling fur get the 22-250.
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Re: Best coyote rifle for newbie???

Postby Duplex lover » Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:10 am

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The detention is as good but you can "Change" it up...
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Re: Best coyote rifle for newbie???

Postby coruptone » Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:12 pm

Also look at a 25/06 cal. Fast, Flat shooting and great in any brand of gun you want to buy. :thumbsup:
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Re: Best coyote rifle for newbie???

Postby kill'em21 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:05 am

I shoot a Rem 700ADL in .22-250. It has a light sporter contour barrel and with the scope I spent right around 500 bucks for the whole package. The gun came with a scope but I didn't like it so I went with a simmons. would have prefered a leupold but that jsut wasn't in the budget.

The plus to the light barreled gun is that I live in the mountains and sometimes have to carry the gun a ways. Don't buy a .223 if want to shoot it anytime soon.

All the Rem. 700's now come with the new X-mark pro trigger which is adjustable.

My other yote' gun is a varmint contour rem 700 in .308 but that is strictly a truck gun since it weights 13lbs instead of the 6 or so that my .22-250 weighs. on the other hand it will make a coyote have a really bad day at 600 yards
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Re: Best coyote rifle for newbie???

Postby pushrod » Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:40 pm

All you really need is a shotgun.
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Re: Best coyote rifle for newbie???

Postby Sfd714 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:52 pm

Bow and arrow works fine for me.

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Re: Best coyote rifle for newbie???

Postby Catchin Zs » Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:35 pm

Any 243 is a great caliber as well
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