Coyotes- .243 bullet selection

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by SandyGlock, Nov 18, 2002.

  1. SandyGlock


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    Mar 22, 2002
    San Diego
    Can I get some recommendations from any experienced hunters on what type/grain of bullets to use on some poor coyotes with my new Savage .243? Also, any recommendations on what to go with for a deer with same rifle? Thx....;w ;I
  2. TScottW99

    TScottW99 NRA Life Member

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    Jul 15, 2002
    Roanoke, VA
    Well for predators I go with under 100 grains and for deer I go 100 grains and above. The .243 is a great deer rifle as long as you use the heavier grained bullets. As for the yotes and other predators, the vmax is a great round though can be a little tough on the pelt with the .243.... you might want to try some of these rounds out and see which one shoots the best in your gun...


    - Hornady V-Max 58 grain
    - Remington V-Max 75 grain

    - Federal Nosler partition 100 grain
    - Hornady BTSP 100 grain
    - Winchester Power Point 100 grain

    good luck to ya'

  3. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

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    Jul 26, 2002
    Man what fond memories....!
    I used to have a remington model 788 bolt action. they don't make that particular model anymore, with the three shot detachable magazine. Killed more coyote's with it than you could shake a stick at. Also pick off a tom turkey at some unbeliveable distances as well.

    BIG PS... Don't ever let anyone tell you it ain't good enough for deer. Is there a better gun for deer? perhaps. But if you make your shot count, and place it right.. the 243 and 6mm, (being about equal), are real tack drivers... wish i would never have traded mine to my cousin. :(

    The above mentioned loads are good too. Good hunting!

  4. paynter2

    paynter2 It ain't over Millennium Member

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    Apr 25, 1999
    upper mid-west
    I'm with Canyonman... I have a 6mm Rem and a couple of .243 Win in my arsenal. They are inherently accurate. It must be the .240 caliber bullets. I just bought another .243 last week.

    I've shot many deer with 24 caliber rifles. I used to have an open field stand where I used 85gr Sierra hollow point boattails. When they hit a deer you could hear the smack a mile away!

    I use 100 gr for deer now. I much prefer the results on deer to the larger calibers.

    If you plan on long-range shots at coyotes I would use t he 100gr bullet. I think it has better sectional density and will perform better down-range - even thought it is heavier.

    Oh - the 6mm is a Ruger M77 (old model). It is more accurate than it has a right to be. I have a pre-64 feather-weight Model 70 Winchester in .243 and a Model 100 Win (post-64/autoloader) in .243. I'm looking for a minty pre-64 M100 in .243. I wish I had an AR in .243 too.