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  • Avatarjrbert
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    What rifle brand would you recommend? I’m thinking Remington.

    AvatarIowaSportsmanGuy
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    Quote by: jrbert

    What rifle brand would you recommend? I’m thinking Remington.

    What is the budget? Will you be packing or using a bench? Are you strictly looking at bolt actions?

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    If you’re going with a bolt gun, go to one of the big box stores and handle a few from the major manufacturers. Remington, Winchester, Mossberg, Browning, Ruger, and Savage all make fantastic bolt-action rifles, and if you watch the sales closely you can get a quality gun for $600 or less. If it were me, and I was going for a bolt-action .223, one of my requirements would be a detachable magazine that accepts AR mags.

    I’ve owned a Ruger M77 in .243 and a Savage 110 in .25-06. IME the Savage was a far more accurate and less fussy gun. It was a no-frills entry-level rifle, with medium weight barrel, but it shot lights out sub-moa out of the box with factory ammo and a $150 Bushnell scope. It was the most accurate rifle I’ve ever owned, and I kick myself in the a$$ for selling it.

    Good luck and have fun!

    ihuntducksalot72ihuntducksalot72
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    If you’re just going to be hunting called in Iowa coyotes in typical cover with the gun and nothing else, a 223 works great. I like a fast twist AR platform so I can reload and shoot heavy bullets. I’ve had great results with 60-70 grain 223 reloads.

    If you think you might do some spot and stalking, or do drives/hunts with friends, especially in open areas you may like the 243. A little extra speed and thump can make a big difference and the 243 really shines in these instances. I’ve used both, and back when I used to spot and stalk a lot, and hunt coyotes with a group of friends the 243 was the ticket. Now that I primarily call, the 223 is about all I ever use.

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    Whichever one I get I’ll probably have my daughter (when she’s 11) use to hunt deer, too.

    Is there much recoil difference between .223 and .243?

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    Quote by: jrbert

    Whichever one I get I’ll probably have my daughter (when she’s 11) use to hunt deer, too.

    Is there much recoil difference between .223 and .243?

    A REAL long time ago (late ’80’s) when I hunted Missouri during rifle season, I think the weapon had to be at least .240. So you might check the states you hope to hunt in for their minimal caliber.

    I had a .223 once and I’ve owned two .243’s. My vote is for the .243. Never noticed much recoil difference.

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    Hands down 243 for me!

    topH20terrortopH20terror
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    Quote by: jrbert

    Whichever one I get I’ll probably have my daughter (when she’s 11) use to hunt deer, too.

    Is there much recoil difference between .223 and .243?

    With this info now I am going to STRONGLY suggest you go with a 243 then.

    A 243 is such a versatile caliber with a wide variety of factory ammo offerings and an unlimited combination of things to use if you reload. Good luck.

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    Quote by: jrbert

    Whichever one I get I’ll probably have my daughter (when she’s 11) use to hunt deer, too.

    Is there much recoil difference between .223 and .243?

    With this info now I am going to STRONGLY suggest you go with a 243 then.

    A 243 is such a versatile caliber with a wide variety of factory ammo offerings and an unlimited combination of things to use if you reload. Good luck.

    Yes, .243 is much better at dual purpose.

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    Strictly coyote gun= 22-250
    Coyote gun+deer= 243
    Coyote gun+plinking= 223

    Avatarjrbert
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    Thank you.

    Whats a good grain for coyote? For deer?

    topH20terrortopH20terror
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    Quote by: jrbert

    Thank you.

    Whats a good grain for coyote? For deer?

    70-75-80 grain for yotes – 95-100-105 grain for deer

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    I don’t have a 243 so I can’t help on that caliber but for 223 and 22-250 I use 50-55 gr. for coyotes. I don’t know about deer but someone else can help with that. I like the Hornady V-MAX ammo, seems to be a good combination of performance and affordability, plus I do my own reloading and it seems I have better luck finding Hornady products. I’d recommend using a ballistic tip or hollow point no matter which round you choose to buy. Or even a soft point, something that won’t ricochet after a pass through or a miss like a full metal jacket would.

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    Quote by: dblg88

    Strictly coyote gun= 22-250
    Coyote gun+deer= 243
    Coyote gun+plinking= 223

    Now that’s some simple solid advice I can 100% agree with. B)

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