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which is the better for hunting coyote 22-250 or 223

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The 22-250 appears to have the edge, although I use neither.
You can compare the two ballistically by going here:

http://www.federalpremium.com/ballistics/Ammo_Search.aspx?act=choose&fir...

Check both the 223 box and the 22-250 box, scroll down and hit "Compare"

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The 22-50 has it pretty well beat in ballisitics but frankly either round would work fine.

If you already have a gun that can handle coyotes you could just use that(a .22 would do just fine). If you had to buy a new one(or wanted to) then I would probably pick up the 22-50 for the better ballisitics.

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I'm not a big time coyote hunter but fixin' to be. Right now I've got a 243 set up but think it's a bad choice if you want to save pelts. It was a present a few years ago from the Swamp Monster and I had to do something with it!

Now I think the 223 will beat the 22-250 because it should be more pelt friendly. Everywhere I look people are asking what bullet to use in the 22-250 to stop pelt damage. Well shoot a fragile bullet into something at high velocity and the outcome seem's pretty clear to me. Now the 223 has plenty to shoot a coyote out a good ways and has to be more friendly at closer ranges. Talked to a guy yesterday that does this stuff a lot and he say's, 223 with a 55gr Nosler flat base bullet, it's harder lead than the B.T.