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Prairie Coyote Gun

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Looking for a new coyote gun. I will be shooting in the prairies, where it is usually windy, and i will need to be taking some fairly long shots at times. I also do some calling. I do not reload. Just wondering what you guys use and what you would use for the above criteria. I want a dedicated coyote/varmit gun.

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Yeah, the 22-250 is a great gun. But in the wind the 243 or 25-06 would be a good choice. I have both and would probably grab the 243 myself because there is definitely more loaded ammo to choose from. There's certainly quite a few choices with the 25-06 but really many more with the 243. The Winchester 85gr BT for the 25-06 is a pretty mean ole boy on coyotes, long range or short. I would personally get either one with at least a 24 inch barrel if not longer. The 25-06 for sure needs at least a 24 inch tube to better it's potential, anyway good luck to ya with whatever you decide on and let us know !
Both of these guns are very versatile, the 25-06 is a 30-06 necked down to .257 caliber and the 243 is a 308 necked down to .243 caliber. You can use smaller bullets with the 243 and larger ones with the 25-06. The 25-06 has a little more recoil and if you don't handload there's not as many choices of ammo already loaded for it. Having said that there's still at least 30+ loads for the 25-06 but you can easily find 60+ for the 243. 25-06 ammo might be a little more cost wise. The 243 has many loads that are 85grs, 90grs, 95grs, and 100grs loaded that you can use for deer and antelope hunting. They are both great calibers and the 243 has enough energy to humanely and properly take deer and antelope at 300 yards and go really long on coyotes and varmints. Personally i'd go with the 243, I have both but just favor my 243.
Savage is a very accurate rifle also. The new Weatherby Vanguard S2 is as well very very accurate. But it's like you said it's about which one appeals to you in all area's, balance, how it shoulders, how it feels in your hands, etc. Of the 3 you listed I don't have or have ever had. The Savage and new Weatherby I do have and the Weathery isn't any more than the ones your talking about and it has sub-moa guaranteed accuracy.
I've had a heck of a time getting my $800 .243, to shoot like my buddy's $300 Stevens. :(
Wow, got mine at Wally World for 387.00 back in 2003 and it will shoot moa and better all the time.
Thanks for the clarification, Fred. I was talking about the Vanguard S2, though if you want to spend a bit more, getting the original Vanguard-Sub MOA with the nicer stock isn't a bad option, either.
I actually looked for one of those but couldn't find one. They are no longer on Weatherby's site either. I think the S2 has fully taken their spot.
The Vanguard S2 equivalent of the subMOA model is the "range certified." They include a target signed by ed weatherby. Here's the link to Weatherby site: Vanguard® Series 2 RC (Range Certified) | Discount Hunting Supplies & Shooting Supplies, Ammunition - Able Ammo has them in stock. Check it out. It's probably what I'll get when I get my .338 WM. Weatherby Range Bolt Action Rifle VMT243NR4O, 243 Winchester, 24 in, Green/Black Stock, Matte Black - Able Ammo. I actually like the green/black combo better on the stock than the old Vanguard SubMOA finish. Just personal preference.
Thank you sir, heck I didn't know that. I should have read more I guess because I've looked at it and why it was more, LOL:D
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