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#3069536 - 12/08/12 03:02 PM Ok which one?
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I am very seriously looking at a gun that will be primarily used for coyote hunting.
The last time I looked at a Savage, other than the smokeless muzzleloader, basically they were crap.
From what I have heard they have turned things around and are making a name for themselves in accuracy.
I know I like the accutrigger.

Looked at a pretty neat Howa today that was full camo, including the scope, that caught my eye.

I am a sucker for the full camo \:D
Kinda like a woman when looking at shoes I guess.


Really don't know what rifle I want to be honest. I was dead set on the R15 till I picked one up, didn't like it.

I have narrowed the calibers to: 22-250, 223 or the 204 Ruger.

Give me the pros / cons and all that jazz if you were gonna get you a new rig.

I don't think I want a big heavy barrel rifle, rather have one a little more "mobile" and throw a Harris bi-pod on it or something.

Don't want to spend a fortune but I do understand you get what you pay for (most times)

Thanks.
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#3069564 - 12/08/12 03:37 PM Re: Ok which one? [Re: RUGER]
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I personally like the Savages...specifically the Stevens 200. they are inexpensive, accurate, lite weight and can do most of the mods and minor gunsmithing in the basement. thats the pros...the only "con" i have is the blind magazine but once i get a job i will upgrade to bottom metal and AICS 10 rnd mags.

As far as caliber i have run .204, 22-250, .243 and .223. my personal preference is .223 mainly because its cheap and very easy to handload for preformance. However, IMHO, get what you want that preforms the way you want it too....i got caught up in exotic hot rod calibers and always ended up grabbibg the Stevens .223 most of the time....mainly...cuz it was the litest, quickest and most accurate.

I started a thread the other day cuz i wanted to see what everybody else was running...several views but no additional posts..anyway...this one is my "go to" predator rig complete with fancy krylon camo job, will be intrested to hear what other have to say

http://www.tndeer.com/tndeertalk/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=3059793&page=1#Post3059793
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#3069627 - 12/08/12 04:17 PM Re: Ok which one? [Re: Mid]
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Sweet looking rig right there.
Thanks.

I forgot to add in my post, I don't reload. \:D
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#3069642 - 12/08/12 04:30 PM Re: Ok which one? [Re: RUGER]
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http://www.hornady.com/store/223-Rem-55-gr-V-MAX/

http://www.hornady.com/store/223-Rem-75-gr-FPD/

Not a problem...these 2 are great factory rounds for .223...i use to run 55gr VMAX exclusivly but found that if the grass is high or its a little thick Vmax will explode on a blade of grass. The Heavier 75gr TAP has little more thicker jacket but fantastic terminal preformance. The Nosler's i run are a OTM bullet but reacts as a hollow point on impact. BTW..you have an open invatation to stop by "the basement" if'n you want help workin up a load...i build bullets for a lot of folks i hunt with...i will put em together for your rifle specifically.
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#3070046 - 12/08/12 09:20 PM Re: Ok which one? [Re: Mid]
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I would second the 223.

Here is my thinking.
1. Ammo is cheap and available everywhere.
2. Low recoil
3. Can buy hot rod varmint rounds in factory loading
4. LOT of guys have reloading stuff for .223
5. can soup it up on the reloading bench for varmints or load up a premium bullet for slightly larger game.

22-250 is nice but tends to burn up barrels if you shoot a lot.
ammo is pricy unless you reload.
Meant to be a hot rod cartridge so I have never heard of anyone loading it Down to be used for hunting any kind of meat.

204 is similar to the 22-250 with more limited range and more wind drift. Ammo is pricy unless you reload. Not available everywhere.
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#3070097 - 12/08/12 10:04 PM Re: Ok which one? [Re: fishboy1]
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Savage model 11 in 223.

Budget gun with worlds best accuracy
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#3070144 - 12/08/12 10:35 PM Re: Ok which one? [Re: Rockhound]
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A .223 in a light AR would be my choice-the R15 with the collapsible stock ought to be perfect. ARs can be a bit clunky because they are so wide from mag to top of optics and they can get too heavy pretty fast. The 22-250 would be great especially in a bolt rifle. It's a fast, flat shooting, hard hitting varmint round. You won't shoot the barrel out hunting coyotes in TN for a long long time. I don't particularly care for the .204 as I prefer heavier bullets.
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#3070333 - 12/09/12 07:25 AM Re: Ok which one? [Re: Plateau Hunter]
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I've got the same 22-250 I've had for 23 years and the barrel will still be good long after I'm gone.

It all depends on the ammo you want to shoot. I've seen 223 rounds selling for $27.99 a box of 20 rounds and I buy the 223 stuff you cannot use hunting for less than 29 cents a round.

I normaly buy the Winchester white box with 40 rounds in 22-250 because my Remington 700 can group then great out to 300 yards.

If I was going to keep the 22-250 and get me another one I would get a 223, I already have an AR-15 but I want to keep that for one thing.

Anyway if I remember right you should be able to reload anything you want.
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#3070397 - 12/09/12 08:09 AM Re: Ok which one? [Re: Wildcat]
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LOL Yeah I could Wildcat, just no time. \:D
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#3070486 - 12/09/12 09:18 AM Re: Ok which one? [Re: RUGER]
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http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/itemdetails.asp?item=035713208&cid=035&tid=713 here's what I just bought. Stock is brush camo and plan on putting a Nikon coyote special bruch camo scope and rings in it. Got it at final flight for $749
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