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I am looking for a predator gun. I would probably use it for mostly coyotes. Some of the calibers I was looking at was the 22-25

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  • I am looking for a predator gun. I would probably use it for mostly coyotes. Some of the calibers I was looking at was the 22-25

    I am looking for a predator gun. I would probably use it for mostly coyotes. Some of the calibers I was looking at was the 22-250, 204 ruger, .223, 243, and the 257 roberts (I was looking at the 257 Wby but ammo is expensive). What would be your guys recommendations? If I missed any calibers, please leave some suggestions.

  • #2
    JMO~~ the .260 Remington shoots as well as the 22-250 and its a deer taker.

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    • #3
      I just bought the Savage B Mag in .17WSM and intend to use it for groundhogs and coyotes. Winchester has made great claims as to the effectiveness of the caliber, so I will see. Have not had a chance to use it yet but there are YouTube video's of the B Mag in action.

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      • #4
        I have found both the 22-250 and the 25-06 hard to beat for predators

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        • #5
          22-250 is one of my favorite rounds. I have two, one that is a walking varminter and the other has a heavy bull barrel that I shoot off of bags or a bipod. Both are very accurate; the walking varminter has a slow twist barrel (1:14) that I shoot light bullets in (45- 60 grains), the other has a fast twist (1:9) that I can shoot as high as 75 grain bullets. Ole Wiley just don't stand a chance! My longest shot on game was a coyote with a .240 Weatherby. It practically undressed him.

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          • #6
            Ditto Happy Myles. The .22-250 and the .25-06 are both excellent choices, and even used for whitetail deer with great success. I personally feel the .22-250 is just a bit light for deer, but can not argue with success. The .243 Winchester would be a good choice for what you want, also.

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            • #7
              .22-250 or .223 for vermin. I shoot at Wile E. with whatever is in my hand at the moment.

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              • #8
                Hard to beat the .22-250 for varminting.
                The .223 is also an excellent varmint round. I think I'd prefer the .223 in something other than an AR, such as bolt or single shot.
                A .22 Hornet is very good for varmints and I've tsken quite a few 'yotes and a bobcat woth mine. It just doesn't have alot of "range".

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                • #9
                  Go with the .243 recoil is very light and it will do a number on a coyote. Plus you can use it for a great deer and antelope rifle. The .243 does a good job of bucking the wind on a long shot.

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                  • #10
                    If you already own a .30-06 rifle,you can use Remington 55-grain Accelerator ammunition, and you wouldn't need to buy a dedicated predator rifle.
                    Of course, that would be no fun if you are aching to buy some new hardware.

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                    • #11
                      Another school of thought is if you are a deer hunter just use what you hunt deer with. This will give you extra practice with your deer rifle and if you can hit a coyote which is usually moving you can sure hit a deer. I have shot coyote with my .30-06 when they have been unlucky enough to walk up on my stand.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for the responses guys! But, no one has anything to say about the 257 roberts? This caliber doesn't need to double as a deer rifle too, just for yotes and other predators.

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                        • #13
                          Nothing against the 257 Roberts, had one as a young man. killed deer and coyotes with it. Currently, own a 257 Ackley Improved with which have taken all kinds of animals , including my best Rocky Mountain Sheep. My oldest Granddaughter is happily using it.

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                          • #14
                            The big ram I took with the Ackley, lunged forward 30 or 40 feet and fell dead. Shot clear through both shoulders. A big exit wound.

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                            • #15
                              I am leaning towards the 22-250, but does it have much wind resistance?

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