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.
I have done everything possible to get my kids involved in hunting. Every time out whether it be scouting, camping or during the actual hunt, I will challenge them to find their way back without using any electronics (GPS). Also without a compass. They know by now that I am going to challenge one of them, so right off the bat when leaving our vehicle or camp they will start picking out land marks to help them out. Makes me and them feel confident that if we were to somehow separate that they...