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I don't buy/shoot many rifles, so I need everyone's help. My mother-in-law asked my wife and I to help her pick out a bolt-action rifle for her husband's birthday this weekend. He needs it to kill coyotes and bobcats on his land. Her budget's top limit is $600.
My only problem is, because of the current upsurge in purchases, there aren't many caliber options available that are best suited for coyotes. My brother recommended that I try to find one chambered in 22-250, but that has been unsuccessful. I was hoping you all could help me compile a list of 2 or 3 alternatives to 22-250 that I could use when looking for a rifle for her to get?
The caliber choices I have been coming across are mostly 7mm Rem Mag, 30-06, 270, and 308. I figured the 7mm and the 30-06 would be a little too much for this purpose, especially if he needed to quickly engage in a follow-up shot. Thanks for the help!
.204 ruger, .223, no more than .243 win.
THe .243 would be a nice choice, and offers the option of larger game with heavier bullets.
Does it have to be bolt-action? This sounds like a perfect job for a .30-30 like a Marlin 336. HH
A bolt gun in 22-250 or 223. Savage axis, you can replace the scope with a Redfield and still be at your budget.
EDIT- Yes buy an accutrigger Savage in 22-250. I dropped a rifle basix trigger in my Stevens 200. Just start with an Accutrigger savage in 22-250 or 223.
I hunt coyote and here is the difference. 223 they get hit, chase their tail twice, run 30-50 yards and crump. 22-250---its like you pulled the electrical cord from the wall.
Shows in stock. A-bolt is a solid gun with a fairly quick action.
if you are trying to stay close to .22-250:
I will add that you cannot beat a true Savage (non Axis, with Accutrigger) for the money. There are lot's of .22-250's out there and it is cheap to shoot
:thumbsup: gotta be a consumers choice best buy!
I prefer a 243win over the 22-250.
When running the 243 with light bullets (75 A-max, 58 Zombie-Max, or TNT Speer ..) you get a hell of velocity while not giving up the option for 100 grainers.
Dang I was just going to suggest a Mosin as well. Maybe even better an SKS.
Savage bolt with accutrigger in:
.223 (this AR problem means no ammo left)
.243 (best choice for this project)
.308 (it will work even if overkill, there is a huge bullet selection to pick from)
Plus some glass. There's the real question. As much as you can afford and still stay in budget :)
I HEAR THE bushwacker is nice
Everyone missed the CZ 527.
I shoot 'em with the. 223 American version, and no nasty letters from 'em yet.
Also, don't forget the glass!
I would love to see the Mosin and Lever 30-30 folks pop a bobcat or coyote with said rifle.
I HEAR THE bushwacker is nice
that's a .30 cal Bushwacker, whole nother animal
Personally I don't recomened ANYONE buy a rifle for another person. (Who has not told them in detail EXACTLY what they want)
Instead go to gun store, get pic of "Savage, Ruger,etc" bolt and tell him to buy what he wants. There may be a reason he wants a certain caliber. (Gun stores will NOT allow you to exchange) Least most won't.
I like the .243 It doesn't hurt to have a bit "more" than you need and it allows it to go up to heavier game humanely.
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