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looking for a new coyote gun
« on: November 20, 2021, 08:01:02 PM »
Not sure if this is where i should put this.I'm in the market for a bull barrel rifle for coyote hunting and would like info from you hunters that know.What should i get?I have a .223 already and want something else.what do you all think of a 22-250?
« Last Edit: November 20, 2021, 08:13:14 PM by Oh Mah »
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Re: looking for a new coyote gun
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2021, 08:35:00 PM »
DPMS LR.204
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Re: looking for a new coyote gun
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2021, 08:44:34 PM »
Pretty low grain bullet,how well does this work on yotes 400 yards out?
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Re: looking for a new coyote gun
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2021, 09:08:46 PM »
22-250's are tried and true for coyote hunting.  More powder/recoil/muzzle blast than a .223, but also higher velocity and further range.  Most of my coyotes on the wet side are shot at about 60-100 yds.  I prefer a .223 over a 22-250 because there is less recoil and muzzle blast.  For open areas where shots might be taken past 300 yds, I expect a 22-250 to out-perform a .223.  Maybe enough to make the different of a hit vs miss on a coyote, maybe not.

.204 ruger or 20 tactical or 20 practical might be nice if saving pelts.  I know a person who shoots an AR15 with a 24" barrel in 20 practical that sends .34 grain bullets at 3600-3900 fps and it's semi auto.  That could be a sweet coyote gun.

.243 is another great option for longer shots.  Might be a little tougher on pelts.

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Re: looking for a new coyote gun
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2021, 09:14:14 PM »
I did a little research on the .204 ruger and i have to say i am impressed.The ballistics out perform the .223 and the 22-250 down range with velocity and BC.A little less energy but not enough.And almost zero on the recoil scale.
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Re: looking for a new coyote gun
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2021, 05:14:21 AM »
Take a look at the 22 Nosler.
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Re: looking for a new coyote gun
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2021, 06:31:04 AM »
.204, 22-250, 220 swift are all great choices. Compare the ballistics and find something you like. Iím partial to my .204, nasty little thing shooting Hornady V max.
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Re: looking for a new coyote gun
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2021, 06:43:10 AM »
.204 with 40 grain V-max or 39 grain Blitzking.

Iíve been shooting my Cooper since 2005 and havenít gone back to my 22-250 since.

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Re: looking for a new coyote gun
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2021, 06:45:52 AM »
Are you saving pelts or only saving fawns?  If the latter,  I'd go 243.  A 22-250 is really nice if saving pelts if you use 40gr vmax but your range might not be much more than the 223.  I've got a22-250 Ackley with 55gr ballistic tips, it works well but tears hides too often.








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Re: looking for a new coyote gun
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2021, 08:26:15 AM »
Thanks for all the advice,I'm gonna go ahead and order the complete upper for .204 Ruger.After looking at ballistics and comparing them the .204 shines pretty good.I jumped on what i found already last night after finding all this out and bought 300 35 grain match varmint HP bergers.3 boxes of Hornady superformance varmint v-max bullets.(since i found these)Ammo for these doesn't appear to be available at a lot of places as they don't even list them.
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Re: looking for a new coyote gun
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2021, 08:31:07 AM »
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Re: looking for a new coyote gun
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2021, 08:35:28 AM »
I think the 204 is perfect for yotes, hides,  and prairie dogs.

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Re: looking for a new coyote gun
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2021, 09:22:34 AM »
I tagged one at 40 yards last week in Montana, but may have been over gunned lol. Hit it at 40 yards with a 300 prc. He was chasing a group of does and fawns so didnít really care to much

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Re: looking for a new coyote gun
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2021, 09:31:11 AM »
Iím a little late to the show on this one, but I was going to put in favor of the .22-250. My hunting buddy in college had one, and it was magnificent for coyotes on the Palouse.  But the .204 is a great choice, too. I hope you have a lot of fun with it!

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Re: looking for a new coyote gun
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2021, 09:31:37 AM »
Thanks for all the advice,I'm gonna go ahead and order the complete upper for .204 Ruger.After looking at ballistics and comparing them the .204 shines pretty good.I jumped on what i found already last night after finding all this out and bought 300 35 grain match varmint HP bergers.3 boxes of Hornady superformance varmint v-max bullets.(since i found these)Ammo for these doesn't appear to be available at a lot of places as they don't even list them.
Bullets are the easy part to get for these things but finding 204 Ruger ammo or brass is nearly impossible.  I was finally able to snag 300rnds of Norma brass last week but up till then I couldn't find any brass, regardless of brand, anywhere. 

What twist does the barrel on the upper you ordered have?  Hopefully it's an 11tw barrel because the 12tw barrels are very hit or miss on if they'll shoot the 40gr bullets.

I just looked Midsouth still has Norma 204 Ruger brass if you're looking for some. https://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/item/0001320255105100/204-ruger-unprimed-rifle-brass-100-count

 


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