Coyote/Varmint Rifle


July 25, 2007, 07:40 PM
I thought I had it figured out. Today I went to sportsmans warehouse, cash in hand, ready to purchase a stevens model 200... I had handled it before, and decided it was up for the job, but when I gave it another look today I felt like I was settling on a rifle that I wasn't real happy with. I left and checked out a pawn shop and another gun store on the way home, nothing really fit the bill, although I did handle and love the feel of a mini 14, probably because how nice and compact it was.

The issue is my budget ~$500, including a scope if the rifle has no iron sights.

I have looked at all the 'usual suspects', Remington 700, Savage 12 series, Howa, etc.

Can anyone help with some suggestions that I may not have considered? I prefer , .223 (due to cost), and something compact/light enough for lugging around the prairies. I love the mini 14 but I don't believe it is accurate enough. Most important is cost, college student. :) Used would be ideal, $500 is the MOST I would like to spend.

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July 25, 2007, 07:43 PM
Get a lower level Savage, for as little as possible. Then spend the rest (as much as possible) on the scope. There are a few scopes for $200+/- that people here have and are very happy with. But don't buy something for under a hundred bucks, or a super cool 100x-500x zoom with red dot reticle for $200 either..

July 25, 2007, 08:03 PM
Am I limiting myself too much to .223 do you think?

What about 22 win. mag? Is that an acceptable caliber? Marlin has some pretty slick 22 WMR guns.

July 25, 2007, 08:10 PM
You're not limiting yourself, at all, as long as you are able to remain patient. The right one at the right price point will come along, eventually.

Best advice I can give you is to look around for a good deal on a used Savage. Should be roughly $300. Then go for a Bushnell Elite 3200 in 3-9x40. That will set you back roughly $200 new.

Will Learn
July 25, 2007, 08:21 PM
Well I settled with the Stevens model 200(.308) and am very happy with it. I highly recommend this rifle, it is capable of sub-MOA. The stock leaves something to be desired but you can always upgrade that later. I was going to post a Sub-MOA target but as usual THR won't let me attach the damn thing so whatever, get the Savage/Stevens you won't be sorry. Also, go with the .223 it has a wide variety of bullets and will get you out further than the others you mentioned.

July 25, 2007, 08:42 PM
imprezagm4, I see you're wanting .223Rem and a coyote rifle for as little cost as possible. There's a couple of recommendations for Savage on the board... I own a Savage Model 11GL in .243Win. It's the wood-stocked Hunter Series and is also available in .223Rem as well as .308Win. Mine came with sights on the barrel.

Contrary to what others have said, I wouldn't put too much emphasis on a scope. I say that because I personally get along with sights better than scopes. And how far out do you intend to shoot a coyote? To 200yds, .223 and .243 are shooting pretty flat. While I prefer aperture rear sights, I recall the first time I tried out my M11. I sat down at the bench and was bustin' rocks on the 100yd berm with the notch rear sight that came on it.

July 25, 2007, 08:45 PM
Done right you could probably build an AR for that price, used stuff in the right places, higher quality where needed. That's what I'm doing next.

July 25, 2007, 08:53 PM
You could get an H&R in 223 in either a light weight sporter or heavy barrel. Either gun could be had for less than $300.00 and since they come with a scope base, all you would need is a scope and set of rings, all for less than $500.00...

If you are looking for something other than a 223 and you reload, then look at the N.E.F. single shot in 30-30 Winchester. From a handloading standpoint and for a complete rig for under $500.00, you would have one of the most accurate rigs going. I have owned several of these guns myself and getting one to shoot 1/2" to 3/4" groups at 100 yards is easy to do. This little N.E.F. I have pictured here will shoot 1/4" to 1/2" 3-shot groups at 100 yards with relative ease and cost less than $500.00. For shooting coyotes out to 300 yards, a rig like this would be hard to beat.... (

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