The .223 or the .308 will both work well on coyotes. I personally use a ruger mini 14 in .223 or 5.56 mm, but that is mainly due to the fact that it is my truck gun and it is with me everytime I go up and work in the back 40. Prior to that, I was using a 1903 Sringfield mark 1 or my Savage 110 in .270 winchester with handloaded .223 sabot rounds. Some people call that overkill, I personally think that overkill is underused.
As some have already posted, .223 will be more cost effective, If I had to choose a new 'yote rifle, I would get a bolt action .223. If I already had a rifle in a good do anything caliber, such as .308, I would run with that. Hope this helps.
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