Originally Posted by CaseyChadwell
I am wanting to get a rifle I can use for both coyotes and deer. I have to go kill some coyotes on a friends farm in the next week or so and the shots could potentially be quite far (200-350) yards. I've killed deer at over 230 yards with a 243 and think it would do fine at 350 ONCE IM PROFICIENT at that distance. The two rifles I'm looking at is a new in box savage predator 243 with a Nikon bdc scope and a used 308 ruger american predator with no optic. My budget is about 700. I'm leaning towards the 308 because it is cheaper ($400 after taxes compared to $650 before taxes for the savage). The american would save me some money to put towards a better optic...any suggestions?
ever given any thought to the 7mm-08? would be the perfect cartridge for your intended usage. very mild recoil. about middle ways in between the 243 and the 308. most are very accurate, even with factory ammo.
i like both my 243 and my 308, but given the type of hunting you are talking about, my 7mm-08 would be a much better suited cartridge.
and there are several rifles in that cartridge that wouldn't break your budget, like the Savage Axis or the Marlin X7. either one would still leave you with a a decent amount leftover for a good scope.