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Old 12-05-2017, 12:51 AM   #1
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What's a good guide/truck gun for predators but also legal to dispatch deer? Wanting something that's offered barrel wise in the 18-22" range. TIA


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Old 12-05-2017, 12:57 AM   #2
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223

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Old 12-05-2017, 01:07 AM   #3
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.243 if you're wanting to use it for both predators and deer. 87 grain V-Max for coyotes,90 grain Softpoints for deer.

Savage Axis or Ruger American Compact if you're wanting a shorter barrel.

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Old 12-05-2017, 01:14 AM   #4
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What's a good guide/truck gun for predators but also legal to dispatch deer? Wanting something that's offered barrel wise in the 18-22" range. TIA


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Old 12-05-2017, 01:32 AM   #5
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22-250. Love this caliber.
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Old 12-05-2017, 02:37 AM   #6
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22-250. Love this caliber.
yep.

although I often carry a .308 as my passenger, too.
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:11 AM   #7
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:17 AM   #8
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22-250 gets my vote also.
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:28 AM   #9
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:31 AM   #10
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Lever 30-30
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:45 AM   #11
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All listed above will do the job.

We're it me, I'd get the ruger American with a threaded barrel in 22-250. Keep in mind that most factory 250's have a slow twist of 12 or even 14 which prevents the use of heavy bullets. If you're looking to shoot heavies then the 243 would be the better route.

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Old 12-05-2017, 06:07 AM   #12
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30-30. Ballistics are flat to 175 yards. Has enough knock down for big game, doesn't kick much, guns look cool
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:36 AM   #13
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.308 ruger american compact
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:12 AM   #14
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All listed above will do the job.

We're it me, I'd get the ruger American with a threaded barrel in 22-250. Keep in mind that most factory 250's have a slow twist of 12 or even 14 which prevents the use of heavy bullets. If you're looking to shoot heavies then the 243 would be the better route.

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Ruger American Predator has a 1:10 barrel. I just ordered one from Buds to use as a cheap truck gun.

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Old 12-05-2017, 07:13 AM   #15
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If we are talking about predators in Texas 22-250 or 243 has my vote. Predators in say Montana or Alaska would be a whole other matter obviously.
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:16 AM   #16
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If we are talking about predators in Texas 22-250 or 243 has my vote. Predators in say Montana or Alaska would be a whole other matter obviously.
What about predators in Africa?
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:00 AM   #17
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243 winchester super short magnum
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:03 AM   #18
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6.5 Grendel on an AR platform
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:24 AM   #19
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.223 or .22-.250. I have killed a ton of coyotes and deer with both of these calibers.
Bullet placement is the name of the game.
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:13 AM   #20
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if you could find one a 250 savage! my second would be the 22-250,,, odd it is a necked down 250
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Old 12-05-2017, 09:14 AM   #21
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I'd throw my .223 away if I didn't have so much ammo for it.
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:43 AM   #22
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.22-250 vote
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:52 AM   #23
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22-250 here also !
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Old 12-05-2017, 11:52 AM   #24
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243. Works great for both and you don't have to worry about quartering shots as much as you do with one of the 22s
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:10 PM   #25
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What about predators in Africa?
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:12 PM   #26
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:13 PM   #27
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22-250 should do fine.
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:14 PM   #28
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22-250 or .243
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:18 PM   #29
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.243 Ruger American.
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:23 PM   #30
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With pigs being 75% of my truck gun kills, I would lean 243 or 308. I'm guesing you aren't skinning and tanning hide, so doesn't matter how big a hole there is on a coyote, and still plenty for behind the shoulder pigs and deer.
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:32 PM   #31
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243, 6.5 Grendel, 7mm-08, 308..... Take your pick. ''


Don't get me wrong about the 223 and 22-250 have killed plenty of deer with both but I like a little more bullet when shooting deer from the truck.

Unless saving the hides on coyotes blowing a big hole in them is a good thing IMO
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:34 PM   #32
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6.5 Grendel on an AR platform


This right here! 18 inch barrel

Iím about to order mines also


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Old 12-05-2017, 12:47 PM   #33
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:53 PM   #34
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X3 love my 6.5G but if you want cheap and ammo anywhere .223 with any type of bonded slug.
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Old 12-05-2017, 12:55 PM   #35
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Ruger Hawkeye compact comes in .223, .243, 7mm-08, 7.62x39 (if you can find one), 260 Rem, and .308 all in 16.5" barrels blued or stainless.

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Old 12-05-2017, 01:00 PM   #36
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Then that would be my choice.
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Old 12-05-2017, 01:21 PM   #37
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Old 12-05-2017, 02:47 PM   #38
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22-250 but DON'T TELL ANYONE IF YOU USE VMAX BULLETS TO KILL DEER. They will let you have it, no matter how dead the deer is.
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Old 12-05-2017, 03:02 PM   #39
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Ruger American in 308 shooting 125 grain nosler ballistic tips.
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Old 12-05-2017, 03:14 PM   #40
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Old 12-05-2017, 03:15 PM   #41
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6.5 Grendel in an AR platform. But there are many right answers to this.
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Old 12-05-2017, 04:17 PM   #42
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:20 PM   #43
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5.56/223/22-250/6.5gren...
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:44 PM   #44
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Wish I had one.... 220 swift
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:49 PM   #45
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Old 12-05-2017, 08:38 PM   #46
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Love my 22-250
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