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Old 10-12-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a new coyote rifle. I'v decided on the caliber: a 25-06, but I cant decide on the rifle. I'll be shooting exclusively moon dogs anywhere from 15 - 400 yards. I'm looking at the T/C Venture synthetic w/blued barrel and reciever. I'v heard of problems with these like the hogue traction panels peeling off and the recent recall on them, but it's the cheapest of the three at $480. The next is a Weatherby Vangaurd S2 synthetic also blued it's listed at $550. The last rifle is a Browning X-Bolt Hunter blued. This one has a satin finished walnut stock and it's listed at $760. I have never owned any of these rifles and have no experience with them so any experience, suggestions, and/or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Not sure on the T?C or the Browning, but I own a Weatherby S2 in 223 and love it. It is my go to gun in crappy weather for small game and outshooting my friends. Is the weatherby 24 inch barrel? (most are) and the 25 caliber will be able to burn up all that powder better than a shorter barrel.

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I'm looking for a new coyote rifle. I'v decided on the caliber: a 25-06, but I cant decide on the rifle. I'll be shooting exclusively moon dogs anywhere from 15 - 400 yards. I'm looking at the T/C Venture synthetic w/blued barrel and reciever. I'v heard of problems with these like the hogue traction panels peeling off and the recent recall on them, but it's the cheapest of the three at $480. The next is a Weatherby Vangaurd S2 synthetic also blued it's listed at $550. The last rifle is a Browning X-Bolt Hunter blued. This one has a satin finished walnut stock and it's listed at $760. I have never owned any of these rifles and have no experience with them so any experience, suggestions, and/or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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The Weatherby Vanguard is guaranteed to shoot less than a 1" group at 100 yards but it has a hogue stock too. All the rifles you have selected are fine rifles. You need to select the rifle that fits you. Just because I like the rifle doesn't mean you will like it. You need to do the legwork so you can handle the rifles.
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Not sure on the T?C or the Browning, but I own a Weatherby S2 in 223 and love it. It is my go to gun in crappy weather for small game and outshooting my friends. Is the weatherby 24 inch barrel? (most are) and the 25 caliber will be able to burn up all that powder better than a shorter barrel.
Yes all three have a 24" inch barrel and a 1-10" twist.
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Then I'd do as John says and hold each one and feel which one fits best for ya and how the action and safeties work. And how your cheek fits on the stock. All 3 are fine rifles and will outlast you.

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i'll throw out a suggestion for you to give some consideration. the Marlin XL7 in 25-06. MSRP is about $390, but many times you can get them for much less. i paid about $375 for mine.

the X7 series have very good accuracy, an adjustable trigger, pillar bedded stock, an excellent recoil pad and are a pure pleasure to shoot. plus with the money saved, you can spend a little more on the scope.

just something for you to consider. none of the other choices you listed are bad choices by any means, just trying to give you another option to check out.

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Thanks Axxe but I actually have an X7 in a 22-250 and I dont like haveing two of the same gun. But I do agree with you, I do love that gun.

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Thanks Axxe but I actually have an X7 in a 22-250 and I dont like haveing two of the same gun. But I do agree with you, I do love that gun.
i understand. i have three of the X7's and love them. a XL7C in 25-06, a XS7 in 7mm-08 and the XS7VH in 308, which is probably just like your 22-250.

i still want the XS7S in 243 though!
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Yeah my 22-250 is the VH model but it isn't stainless. I didn't know they made the Heavy barrel in stainless.

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Yeah my 22-250 is the VH model but it isn't stainless. I didn't know they made the Heavy barrel in stainless.
they don't as far as i know. they do make the sporter models in stainless though.

XS7 is the blued short action models
XL7 is the blued long action models
X7C is the factory camo dipped stocks
X7S is the sporter models in stainless steel barrels and actions.
X7Y is the youth model, in 243, 7mm-08, 308, and 223.
XS&VH is the 26" heavy barrel model in 22-250, 223 and 308.
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