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Best all time rifle

What would be the best rifle to have if you are hunting deer but want something later to hunt coyotes? I live in a state where you are allowed rifles only with cartridges that fire a bullet of.357-inch diameter or larger a minimum case length of 1.16 inches and max of 1.625 inches during firearm deer season. The state allows any firearm for coyotes but instead of having all kinds of rifles one that would be good for either or. I was thinking of a .44 mag you tell me thanks.

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from Last Chance wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

There are many calibers for many people and everyone has an argument as to why theirs is the best. As an avid shooter and gun collector I have to say that the majority of the time I would suggest a .243 for smaller framed women and youths hunting deer due to the recoil factor, and it is an excellent flat shooting cal for coyote as well. But my personal choice is the .270, .308, and the 30:06. All of which will take almost any animal in North America, and will certainly dispatch any coyote. As for to large a hole? Well, how dead is too dead?

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Without question, one of the most overlooked rifles in the world is the old Marlin 1895SS .45-70 with micro groove rifling. On any day, I could take it out cold and, within 5 minutes, have three holes in a target at 100 yards, all touching. One of my life's biggest mistakes was believing I could get better accuracy from a Sako .375 H&H!

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from Bo wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

.357 or .44 Mag are good choices but only at distances of less than 150 yds. I know, I know, Elmer Keith killed a mule deer at 600 yds with a .44 Mag. I don't know any Elmer Keiths. I have been shooting .44 for 35 plus years and although I am proficient and am considered by friends to be a reasonably good shot, I am fully aware of the limitations of the caliber. Unless you are Elmer Keith, and he is dead, there will never be another, don't try for shots with a .357 or .44 Mag at ranges greater than 100 yds. It is a terrible thing to not kill your target in a humane and sporting manner.
If you are shooting longer distances than that, you need a flat shooting caliber such as my personal favorite, the .270. I have a six inch point blank window out to 300 yards and still enough energy to take down any deer in North America. Anyone who has read any of my posts knows my affection for this caliber. They do kind of leave large exit wounds on smaller critters such as coyotes.

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from lrm1981 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

I'm not as familiar with pistols as rifles, but, .357 mag or .44 mag would be my choices.

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from BRoutdoors wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

The bullets have to be pistol caliber size for rifle use.

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from lrm1981 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

I believe what you are refering to is the regulations on a pistol. Double check for rifle regulations. For both deer and coyotes, I'd opt for a .243 or 25-06. Sometimes these calibers recieve a bad rap for being too small for deer, but they are extremely flat shooters with less recoil which makes them very accurate. Correct shot placement is what brings an animal down, not the size of the bullet. If you do want something a little bigger, .270, 30-06, or .308 are all very popular contenders for deer, but will put big exit holes in the hide of a coyote.

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from Bo wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

.357 or .44 Mag are good choices but only at distances of less than 150 yds. I know, I know, Elmer Keith killed a mule deer at 600 yds with a .44 Mag. I don't know any Elmer Keiths. I have been shooting .44 for 35 plus years and although I am proficient and am considered by friends to be a reasonably good shot, I am fully aware of the limitations of the caliber. Unless you are Elmer Keith, and he is dead, there will never be another, don't try for shots with a .357 or .44 Mag at ranges greater than 100 yds. It is a terrible thing to not kill your target in a humane and sporting manner.
If you are shooting longer distances than that, you need a flat shooting caliber such as my personal favorite, the .270. I have a six inch point blank window out to 300 yards and still enough energy to take down any deer in North America. Anyone who has read any of my posts knows my affection for this caliber. They do kind of leave large exit wounds on smaller critters such as coyotes.

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from Last Chance wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

There are many calibers for many people and everyone has an argument as to why theirs is the best. As an avid shooter and gun collector I have to say that the majority of the time I would suggest a .243 for smaller framed women and youths hunting deer due to the recoil factor, and it is an excellent flat shooting cal for coyote as well. But my personal choice is the .270, .308, and the 30:06. All of which will take almost any animal in North America, and will certainly dispatch any coyote. As for to large a hole? Well, how dead is too dead?

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from lrm1981 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

I believe what you are refering to is the regulations on a pistol. Double check for rifle regulations. For both deer and coyotes, I'd opt for a .243 or 25-06. Sometimes these calibers recieve a bad rap for being too small for deer, but they are extremely flat shooters with less recoil which makes them very accurate. Correct shot placement is what brings an animal down, not the size of the bullet. If you do want something a little bigger, .270, 30-06, or .308 are all very popular contenders for deer, but will put big exit holes in the hide of a coyote.

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from BRoutdoors wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

The bullets have to be pistol caliber size for rifle use.

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from lrm1981 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

I'm not as familiar with pistols as rifles, but, .357 mag or .44 mag would be my choices.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

Without question, one of the most overlooked rifles in the world is the old Marlin 1895SS .45-70 with micro groove rifling. On any day, I could take it out cold and, within 5 minutes, have three holes in a target at 100 yards, all touching. One of my life's biggest mistakes was believing I could get better accuracy from a Sako .375 H&H!

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