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Old 08-01-2014, 07:28 PM   #1
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The title says it all. I'm looking for new rifle to take deer and coyotes on a budget. I want a caliber that will cleanly kill both and won't put a huge hole in coyote pelts as I'd like to keep them. I've heard solid things about the .243 Winchester & 6.5 Creedmoor. What would you guys suggest? What bullet is best for little fur damage on coyote pelts?

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Old 08-01-2014, 07:51 PM   #2
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I think a good option along with what you listed is the caliber rifle that my uncle just left at my house, the .25-06. In layman's terms it's essentially a .243 magnum so it's got an edge on deer over the .243 yet it goes down to some nice light varmint loads too.

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How about head shots with '06.

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The title says it all. I'm looking for new rifle to take deer and coyotes on a budget. I want a caliber that will cleanly kill both and won't put a huge hole in coyote pelts as I'd like to keep them. I've heard solid things about the .243 Winchester & 6.5 Creedmoor. What would you guys suggest? What bullet is best for little fur damage on coyote pelts?
According to hornaday 9th edition: 243 win 58gr to 105gr 6.5 creedmoore 95gr to 160gr. a little bit better selection of bullets with the .243
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Never owned a Creedmoor but I have the 243 and it would be an excellent choice IMO...

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the 243 is a good choice for larger varmints to medium sized game animals as long as the proper bullets are used and good shot placement is done. i am not as familiar with the 6.5 Creedmore, but 6.5 mm calibered cartridges like the 6.5x55 have an excellent reputation as medium sized game animal cartridges. the 25-06 as suggested is also another good option and one i like as it to is very versatile for larger varmints and medium sized game animals. another option that i might suggest is the 7mm-08. decent range of bullet sizes for different applications, excellent ballistics and mild recoil.

unless you are a reloader, i would stay with the more popular calibers due to price and availability of selection for bullets for various types of hunting. moving away from the more popular cartridges, the price of factory ammo gets more expensive for the more premium ammo and the selection of choices gets smaller.

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A 243 with 100gr bullets will down a deer. The 25/06 does not have the range you might think it does. Once the bullets slow down below 2,700 fps the 25/06 has virtually no hydrostatic shock. In fact, I have seen deer shot with a 25/06 that the bullet didn't even pass through the deer. Yes, it killed the deer but we would have never found the deer without the aid of dogs.

If you are only going to have one rifle to do everything you are really limited to two caliber choices, either a 270 or a 30/06. If you have a 30/06 you can find a load for any game animal in North America. You might not plan on traveling to hunt, but when opportunity knocks it's nice to have a rifle that can make the trip. I have been on several guided hunts and I didn't plan on going on any of them.

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A 243 with 100gr bullets will down a deer. The 25/06 does not have the range you might think it does. Once the bullets slow down below 2,700 fps the 25/06 has virtually no hydrostatic shock. In fact, I have seen deer shot with a 25/06 that the bullet didn't even pass through the deer. Yes, it killed the deer but we would have never found the deer without the aid of dogs.

If you are only going to have one rifle to do everything you are really limited to two caliber choices, either a 270 or a 30/06. If you have a 30/06 you can find a load for any game animal in North America. You might not plan on traveling to hunt, but when opportunity knocks it's nice to have a rifle that can make the trip. I have been on several guided hunts and I didn't plan on going on any of them.
I'll second that, and add that if for only game, the 270 is superior to all, but if you want to add paramilitary sharpshooting to your list, then the 06 prevails.

Both are overkill for 'yotes though.

But better to over-kill your 'yotes than to under-kill your deer.
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If the primary purpose is yotes I would say 243, if your primary use is deer I would go with a 260 Rem or a 7-08!

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