i used a 22-250 thoughout my younger years to get beer money from coyotes hides, now shoot a 223, have bolt gun and AR platform, still have the 22-250 but my calling has gotten better over the last 30yrs, carry a shot gun with me. 243 little heavy unless you are in windy area, when i go to wyoming to hunt them i do take a 243 with me
if i had only 1: it would be 223 - good stopping power, find ammo anyplace, no recoil, fun to shoot
put a good scope on it. Dont overpower with the scope, 3-9 is as big as you need
If they are in a trap and you just need to dispatch them then the .22 mag will work fine. It will also be a good round for foxes, but when you go up to the size of a coyote you need a little bit more fire power so the .223 gets the nod. That is unless you don't plan on using the hides or want a longer range shot and then I like the .22-250 and as long as you use the right ammo or use head shots then pelt damage should be kept to a minimum.
First off welcome to BGH, always glad to see new folks on here. If you're planning on a new gun I would go with a 22-250 for sure. Not as much damage to the hide especially on a smaller fox, bobcat, badger etc. Hope to see some photos and read some stories of your hunts.
The first deer I shot, way back in 1958, was taken to the local meat shop and processed into steaks, roasts and some burger. Back then in that little Idaho town, when you took a deer into the butcher, you got the same deer back. Unfortunately, times have changed. The last time I took an animal to a butcher, in the mid 60's, I don't have a clue who's meat I got back, but I sure don't think it was mine. I ended up throwing the burger as it stunk the house up every time we...