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#3259234 - 12/02/20 10:19 AM Ok short barrel truck gun for coyotes out to 400yards?
zr600 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 02/21/14
Posts: 1392
Loc: North dakota
Ok what should I carry for a short compact truck gun? I ha e a savage action that needs a barrel it’s a 308 bolt face. Any ideas would be great. Thinking a shilen or criterion barrel.

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#3259240 - 12/02/20 10:45 AM Re: Ok short barrel truck gun for coyotes out to 400yards? [Re: zr600]
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Registered: 02/01/03
Posts: 5519
Loc: NM
if your saving furs a 22-250 if not 243 if you want easily to buy ammo or any of the wild cats if not
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#3259241 - 12/02/20 11:05 AM Re: Ok short barrel truck gun for coyotes out to 400yards? [Re: zr600]
B23 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 12/07/11
Posts: 2308
Loc: Pacific NW
A 6mm Creedmoor or 243 Win would be my first choice followed closely by a 22-250. The new 6mm ARC may not be a bad choice either.

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#3259260 - 12/02/20 12:41 PM Re: Ok short barrel truck gun for coyotes out to 400yards? [Re: B23]
spotstalkshoot Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 1952
Loc: so.mn
Truck gun, running coyote, velocity is your friend. 20/250 or 220 swift if you don't reload.

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#3259283 - 12/02/20 03:38 PM Re: Ok short barrel truck gun for coyotes out to 400yards? [Re: zr600]
zr600 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 02/21/14
Posts: 1392
Loc: North dakota
I do reload.

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#3259290 - 12/02/20 04:19 PM Re: Ok short barrel truck gun for coyotes out to 400yards? [Re: zr600]
WyoBull Offline
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Registered: 08/25/11
Posts: 365
Loc: Wyoming
I just finished working up a load for a new Tikka T3x Superlite in 243 Win I bought last month. Since I have several 22 caliber varmint rifles including my favorite, the 220 Swift, for this new rifle I opted to load 80 gr Barnes TTSX bullets in it.

My personal opinion is that the 243 Win and this bullet would be a great truck gun. Plus, if you wanted to shoot a lighter bullet, you can shoot a 55 gr bullet at 4000 fps in the 243 Win.
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#3259298 - 12/02/20 05:01 PM Re: Ok short barrel truck gun for coyotes out to 400yards? [Re: zr600]
McGraw Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 03/17/17
Posts: 343
Loc: Texas
May as well see what all the Creedmoor talk is about! 6or 6.5, your choice.

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#3259310 - 12/02/20 06:35 PM Re: Ok short barrel truck gun for coyotes out to 400yards? [Re: zr600]
liliysdad Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/29/06
Posts: 1196
Loc: Oklahoma
Out to 400yd? Sure can't see what a fast twist .223 couldn't do in that scenario.

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#3259322 - 12/02/20 07:47 PM Re: Ok short barrel truck gun for coyotes out to 400yards? [Re: zr600]
Yotarunner Offline
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Registered: 11/14/14
Posts: 380
Loc: Far east central alberta
One thing a lot of guys don't consider in a truck gun is noise. A lot of the short barreled guns that reside in trucks can be pretty barky. I like a fast flat shooting caliber that handles well for quick snap shots. I used to like 22-250 but after some ear splitting experiences trying to get shots off in a hurry I decided to switch up to 20 practical. With a 40gr vmax I have made clean kills out to 350 yards so far and it's beautiful on fur
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#3259323 - 12/02/20 07:55 PM Re: Ok short barrel truck gun for coyotes out to 400yards? [Re: Yotarunner]
tripod3 Offline
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Registered: 09/27/04
Posts: 8573
Loc: WA
I am very partial to the .22-250, 3-400 yd shots are common.
No complaints about any of the others, if expecting strong winds a 6mm might be a little better.
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#3259369 - 12/03/20 01:11 AM Re: Ok short barrel truck gun for coyotes out to 400yards? [Re: zr600]
Plant.One Offline
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Registered: 02/12/15
Posts: 4476
Loc: Oakland County, MI
i'll say this from experience - a 22-250 in a short barrel configuration is a fire breathing dragon.

shot one about 10 years ago - i think it was a 20" (was a friends 700 cdl he was trying to sell me) all you could see in the scope every time you pulled the trigger was a giant orange flash. giant fireballs for days.

it went "nope" every time i pulled the trigger.

cant imagine one in a 16 or 18"... yikes!
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#3259375 - 12/03/20 08:06 AM Re: Ok short barrel truck gun for coyotes out to 400yards? [Re: Plant.One]
liliysdad Offline
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Registered: 12/29/06
Posts: 1196
Loc: Oklahoma
Originally Posted By: Plant.One
i'll say this from experience - a 22-250 in a short barrel configuration is a fire breathing dragon.

shot one about 10 years ago - i think it was a 20" (was a friends 700 cdl he was trying to sell me) all you could see in the scope every time you pulled the trigger was a giant orange flash. giant fireballs for days.

it went "nope" every time i pulled the trigger.

cant imagine one in a 16 or 18"... yikes!


That's yet another reason why you suppress everything.

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#3259382 - 12/03/20 09:06 AM Re: Ok short barrel truck gun for coyotes out to 400yards? [Re: zr600]
deathwind II Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/10/10
Posts: 373
Loc: Central OH
I’m considering a lever-action Henry Long Ranger in .223 as a truck gun. Has a detachable mag that permits safely loading ammo with pointed bullets; twist rate should work for some of the heavier pills too, if I remember correctly. Muzzle blast from the 20” barrel shouldn’t be too bad in that chambering.

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#3259387 - 12/03/20 09:45 AM Re: Ok short barrel truck gun for coyotes out to 400yards? [Re: zr600]
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Die Hard Member III

Registered: 01/09/15
Posts: 2228
Loc: in the field, or not..
Muzzle blast from any 223 barrel is bad news to eardrums : a can or ear protection highly advised.
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#3260588 - 12/10/20 06:15 PM Re: Ok short barrel truck gun for coyotes out to 400yards? [Re: zr600]
C. Harper Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/29/18
Posts: 41
Loc: N Texas
I have a 22 Creedmoor that my neighbor chambered for me. Flat shooter and will shoot the heavy 22 caliber bullets.

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