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best deer and coyote gun

Postby cONG » Sun Aug 06, 2006 7:57 pm

i just want to buy one gun and use it for deer and coyotes so whats the best gun to get out there
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Postby casey_714 » Sun Aug 06, 2006 8:35 pm

My vote goes for the .243!
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Postby Penguine » Sun Aug 06, 2006 9:06 pm

I'd second that. I plan to do a whole deer season with my .243 this year. Good for the deer and the yote.
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Sun Aug 06, 2006 10:06 pm

hoorah for the .243 :thumbsup:

im biased because that's what i use for deer and whatnot, but i have nothing but good things to say about it...
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Postby shocktroop » Wed Aug 09, 2006 6:23 pm

+1 on the .243 you can get a good variety of varmint loads and the heavier loads for deer over the counter. Plus if you have kids/wife, they would probably enjoy shooting it as they won't get beat-up from recoil.
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Postby Gooseboy » Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:22 pm

I dont know much about rifles but i would say .243 also.
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Postby Ducksbeus » Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:46 pm

Depends on your set ups...I just bought a Ruger BlackHawk in .41 Magnum, so, Id love a Handi Rifle in .41 ta go with it...Good for Primative seasons as well, but, NOT exactly a long flat shootin' round. I shot a BLR in .243 as kid, and, loved it...Nowdays, I love my .270 for range, and, pop when it hits home. Knocks a yote right on his butt...deer too :yes: :yes: :yes:
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Postby doogie494 » Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:04 pm

i would say no less than a .243 and no more than a .270. i have taked to guys that have used.17 hmrs and 22-.250.
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Postby pennsyltucky » Sat Aug 12, 2006 8:01 pm

the 243 is a very nice gun to shoot. u can reload and make it a real barn burner. lapua brass is a dream to work with, or military brass (308) can be necked down for almost nothing. but watch ur pressures.... mil brass has less capacity.

wanna go a little faster, go with the rem 6mm..... but no luck on good brass.

the 243AI isnt exactly an off the shelf chambering, but is pretty impressive if u know how to feed it right, and uses 243win brass, with better brass life and much better ballistics. also it will still shoot off the shelf 243 ammo if u get in a pinch.(my next gun will be 243AI)


even further into the big-6's is the 6-284, but its quite a bit ahead of the average reloader.
all the 6's are explained on http://www.6mmbr.com/index.html

anything between the 243 and 7mm ultra mag is what u need.... depending on how much u wanna get kicked.... in the shoulder and wallet

id look into the savage model 12's or 10's
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Postby xfps » Sat Aug 19, 2006 11:33 pm

How do you guys pass the 308??? The most accurate round out there.
Not to mention all the goodies for one and cheap to boot.
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Postby xfps » Sat Aug 19, 2006 11:35 pm

Oh yea in Remingtons VLS package.
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Postby homefront » Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:39 am

.243 is a fine, versatile caliber. Flat shooting, plenty of bullets and powder to choose from, lots of great affordable rifles too. But there's no reason not to consider a 7mm-08 or .25-06 if you find one you like, for the same reasons. For deer, in some locals where they grow 'em large or if elk or bear might one day be on the menu, these two may prove a little better.
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Postby gone winchester » Wed Sep 13, 2006 7:26 am

I would say a .270
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Postby DJH1 » Mon Sep 25, 2006 1:19 pm

If thats the only two things you're using it for, I'd go with either a .25-06 or .270. Both good, flat-shooting cartridges.
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Postby cinrds » Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:42 am

Just to get the little extra I would say 270
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Postby santeerangerman » Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:38 pm

What kind of shots are you planning on taking?

If you want a really flat shooting rifle for long range, You might give a good look at a .240 or .257 Weatherby mag.

Here in S.C. we have one of if not the longest deer season in the country.
Aug. 15th-Jan.1st. NO LIMIT on Bucks, and you can shoot somewhere around 25-30 does a year.

Early season, I hunt alot of very large soybean fields. I've been shooting a .257 Weatherby mag, with 117 gr Barnes X-bullets. I have shot deer as far as 401 yards as measured with a yardage pro using this rifle.
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Postby ohsobad_hunter » Sun Oct 15, 2006 10:49 pm

.25-06 definately.....not a big fan of the .243, myself.

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Postby yellowlab » Tue Nov 14, 2006 2:33 pm

i wanted a gun to shot those two things after doing alot of reading .243 is the best bet if you are are shoting yotes for pelts (This was me) if not and jsut for fun and leave them lay ... i say blow as big of hole in em as you can by getting something bigger ... 300 win mag one of the flatest shooting big guns out there and you can shot ANYTHING with it
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Postby pennsyltucky » Mon Nov 20, 2006 4:31 pm

remember that when ur shooting varmints of any kind (including deer, i hate deer) the cost of ammo and/or reloads will be a big factor. that 300 may blow em to the moon, but they will cost you 3 times as much as the 243 win will. especially if u reload and form ur own brass.
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Postby doane25 » Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:39 am

pennsyltucky wrote:even further into the big-6's is the 6-284, but its quite a bit ahead of the average reloader.


i second the 6mm-284. it is flat shooting guy but it can be a little expensive to load up. mine is built in a pac nor barrel and i love it.
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