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#2323757 - 11/05/12 01:57 PM .243 suitable for coyotes?
Whitetail Hunter Offline
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Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 147
Loc: Manitoba, Canada
so , in the cabelass catalog there is a predator combo, a savage camo rifle and turbo dog call for $600 canadian. i was thinking about getting the 243, so i could use it for deer and coyotes. is a 243 too big for coyotes?

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#2323760 - 11/05/12 02:00 PM Re: .243 suitable for coyotes? [Re: Whitetail Hunter]
Don Quixote Offline
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Registered: 09/18/12
Posts: 538
Loc: on Rocinante
No. It's not as fur friendly as some other rounds but it won't over kill them by any means.
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#2323787 - 11/05/12 03:08 PM Re: .243 suitable for coyotes? [Re: Whitetail Hunter]
bigsky_songdogs Offline
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Registered: 10/28/10
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Loc: Big Sky Country
243 is a great coyote/deer round. Pick you shot and use a non-frangable bullet and youll be fine, if you have a little too big of a hole, sew it up. 243 is nice for those windy days or longer shots.
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#2323789 - 11/05/12 03:11 PM Re: .243 suitable for coyotes? [Re: Whitetail Hunter]
dzlfarmboy Offline
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Registered: 01/10/07
Posts: 408
Loc: Maryland
.243 would be a great dual purpose gun for deer and yotes. If it was just strictly a yote gun i'd say .22-250 with the light bullets makes a very flat 0-300yd gun
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#2323790 - 11/05/12 03:16 PM Re: .243 suitable for coyotes? [Re: Whitetail Hunter]
pahntr760 Offline
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A 70 Gr TNT or Sierra HPBT isnt too bad on em. Lung shots, off the shoulder should prove to be decent.
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#2323791 - 11/05/12 03:17 PM Re: .243 suitable for coyotes? [Re: Whitetail Hunter]
woodguru Offline
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Registered: 10/30/12
Posts: 3361
Loc: California
Long shots in tricky breezes are easier than with .223/.22-250
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#2323806 - 11/05/12 03:41 PM Re: .243 suitable for coyotes? [Re: Whitetail Hunter]
Whitetail Hunter Offline
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Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 147
Loc: Manitoba, Canada
thats good to hear because deer rifle season starts here in a week and then its coyote hunting for the rest of the winter!

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#2323844 - 11/05/12 05:00 PM Re: .243 suitable for coyotes? [Re: Whitetail Hunter]
Buck_358 Offline
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Registered: 01/05/05
Posts: 275
Loc: SE Indiana
I have used 22-250, 244 Ackley Improved and 257 Ackley Improved here in Indiana solely for coyotes. In the 22-250 I use the Sierra 55 grain SBT, 244 Nosler’s 70 Grain BT the 257 Hornady’s 75 grain Vmax. I have had excellent terminal performance from each bullet with limited pelt damage. The 243 that you mention will serve you well for both varmint and deer finding a happy medium with an 80 to 95 grain bullet for dual use.
Good luck
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#2323869 - 11/05/12 05:37 PM Re: .243 suitable for coyotes? [Re: Buck_358]
btech29 Offline
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Registered: 01/17/11
Posts: 1508
Loc: NW Arkansas
Prolly best all around gun you can own. I use 55g Nosler BT's and they are deadly on coyotes. Great for deer and even one of the best 1000 yard shooters out there.
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#2323881 - 11/05/12 05:58 PM Re: .243 suitable for coyotes? [Re: Whitetail Hunter]
mt Al Offline
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Registered: 06/19/03
Posts: 108
Loc: Montana
.243 the bomb for a deer/coyote rifle! People could argue all day about the infinity other similar rounds but .243 is awesome, been around forever, no spendy brass. Great choice.

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#2323883 - 11/05/12 06:04 PM Re: .243 suitable for coyotes? [Re: Whitetail Hunter]
5spd Offline
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Registered: 11/29/08
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The .243 is in the top 5 of coyote guns.
Perfect as stated above.
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#2323915 - 11/05/12 07:00 PM Re: .243 suitable for coyotes? [Re: Whitetail Hunter]
Tbone-AZ Offline
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Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 6884
Loc: AZ, Phoenix
I have used a 243 and hunt with friends that use the 243 all the time.. The Savage 243, as long as it's not the axis is a great rifle. (axis just feels cheap)
They are tough on the early season coyotes. Thin pelts and pups don't have enough weight to them gets some big blowouts.
As soon as they get some weight to them (by now for you you up north) the gun anchors them well. The 70-80 gr bullets buck the wind well, and seem to drop them in their tracks without blown out holes.
I would rather do some sewing, vs tracking.

Something to think about.
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#2323921 - 11/05/12 07:05 PM Re: .243 suitable for coyotes? [Re: Whitetail Hunter]
coyotenut Offline
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Registered: 01/01/12
Posts: 275
Loc: Central SD
Everyone should own at least 1 .243. Works great, maybe not as flashy as some of the other rounds, just gets it done.
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#2323963 - 11/05/12 07:58 PM Re: .243 suitable for coyotes? [Re: Whitetail Hunter]
cathntr Offline
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Registered: 01/12/08
Posts: 2448
Loc: Adrian, Missouri
As other have said the .243 is the perfect dual purpose round. The Savage Axis may feel cheap but what it lacks in looks or toughness it makes up for in the accuracy department. Great rifle for the money.
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#2326116 - 11/08/12 03:05 PM Re: .243 suitable for coyotes? [Re: Whitetail Hunter]
nutcracker Offline
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Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 358
Loc: alabama
I've been using the .243 Winchester for coyotes now for about 8 yrs. I shoot the Hornady 58gr. V-Max moly coated factory loads through my Ruger M77 MarkII. I've laid many a coyote low with this combination and have yet to have an exit wound. Only one splatter. Usually just a small entry hole, hard to find, and the vitals look like a bowl of jello. I don't think I've ever lost a coyote or deer to this combination. 90% are DRT (dead right there), never taking another step. I think you will be well pleased with the .243. Very accurate, plenty of ammo choices, and you can find ammo most anywhere. It's a little too much gun for fox and bobcats, but for deer and coyotes it's been a proven winner for me. I give it high recommendations. Good luck.
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