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Old 08-04-2014, 11:46 PM   #11
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My .243 has served me well in the TN woods. Great for deer or dogs.

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If I had to go buy one i'd probably get the .243 because it's just more common and more available ammo out there, and realistically will a 25-06 do what a 243 can't do at realistic hunting ranges? But then again I like the bragging rights of owning a less than popular powerful caliber.

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I am planning on hunting more deer than coyotes and therefore I like the heavier bullet weights of the '06. I have been looking at buying a Savage 111 package with a Nikon scope. It is available in '06 and .243 and is in my price range.

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I am planning on hunting more deer than coyotes and therefore I like the heavier bullet weights of the '06. I have been looking at buying a Savage 111 package with a Nikon scope. It is available in '06 and .243 and is in my price range.
i don't think you will be disappointed in that round or that rifle.

for coyote, use ammo with bullets about 85-95 gr. for deer step up to the 115-120 gr bullets. head shots on the coyotes if you plan on saving the pelts.
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Myself it's pretty simple... The 25-06 is the king.... 115grain Nosler Partitions are my preferred pills.. If making money from coyote pelts were my driving force then I would run trap lines and dispatch with my 22lr pistol with bullet travel across both brain hemispheres. PROPERLY preparing pelts is a time consuming effort. And for it to really pay off you need to show up to the fur buyer with several. And even then you have to have high end cold weather harvested pelts.

Now if pelting isn't a need, that 115 grain partition with destroy a coyote. All the while keeping your rig tuned to your deer load.

The 25-06 is a long range killer, in the hands of a good rifleman who handloads. Plus you can always "Ackley Improve" the caliber and really have something to behold in overall performance....

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My .243 has served me well in the TN woods. Great for deer or dogs.
I have that rifle in 308 my hog gun.......
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In my previous post, I determined that these cartridges are the best bet as a deer & coyote rifle on my budget. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both. From what I've seen, the .25-06 has better ballistics and has heavier bullet weights available for deer. Are a decent amount of varmint loads for it though? The .243 seems to be cheaper, but not as versatile. I'm looking at getting & H&R single shot with a longer barrel (Around 25") to get the most out of the cartridge.
You mentioned getting a H&R, why not get BOTH ?..........You can get a Handi-Rifle & three barrels for the price of a GOOD bolt action rifle.
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I always wanted a .257 Weatherby mag.............with killer wood of course.
Idea was to push 85 gr BT's so fast the coyote would burst into flame when hit

Hell .223 55gr V max rips a good hole in a yote inside of 150 yards.

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FWIW my yote rig is a .243 and IMHO it's a bit much.

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My .243 has served me well in the TN woods. Great for deer or dogs.
I want one of them in .308 so bad. Bought tons of guns and can't believe I still don't own one. Great looking rifle you have there. Would be ideal for deer in a woods setting.
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