Best Rifle, Caliber, Velocity, Etc. for Small Game, Coyote & Bobcat Hunting?

I have hunted with the Bow for many years but I’m brand new to rifle shooting. I know all about arrow and broadhead weight ratios for penetration, but don’t know what the hitting/killing power of various rifle equipment is. I will be joining a club to learn safety and how to shoot but need advice on equipment. I intend to become a good accurate shooter before going after game, but not sure about fixed sights or a scope. I would like to get a rifle just for Small game and Coyote hunting, and maybe Bobcat. I would like the smallest lightest gun possible as I’m not interested in overkill and getting a cannon as I want to keep the pelts. I just want the best most efficient, accurate, reliable gear for the job. Would like to hear from people who actually hunt game and know what effect different equipment has on various size animals. I’m not sure about the following and would like some advice on: 1. Gun type? 2. Lever action or semi auto? 3. Caliber? 4. Velocity? 5. Magnum or hollow point or not? 6. Centre fire or rim fire? 7. Fixed sights or a scope? 8. Any other advice? Thanks in advance for your help! Lance

Asked By: - 2/3/2010
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okay, you talk about the 'smallest and lightest gun... More
Answered By: akluis - 2/3/2010
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Remington, BOLT action, 22-250, no mag., or hollow point.Center fire, scope. Practice,practice,practice !!!
Answered By: Sweetdaddy Rex - 2/3/2010
I would try a 22/ 270 or a 25-06 always go with a bolt action. Then once you learn your rifle you may want to learn to reload your own Ammo for accuracy and to make it cheaper so keep your brass when you are learning to shoot. As for who makes the gun Winchester or Remington are great but Savage also make good... More
Answered By: Cableguy - 2/3/2010
If you want a rifle for small game and yote, I prefer something in .22 caliber. This would include .220 swift, 22-250 (my personal favorite) and the .223. Now if you are just starting the .223 is going to be the cheapest to shoot at the range for practice. On the other hand it is going to be the slowest velocity of... More
Answered By: Theron G - 2/3/2010
Most people opt for a bolt action. Coyotes especially tend to be shy, and shots can be a bit on the long side. That also argues for a scope along the lines of the ever-popular 3-9x power range... More
Answered By: John de Witt - 2/3/2010
1. Marlin 2. Lever action 3. .357 mag 4. Verible depending on load. 5 . 158 Grains Flex Tip® Technology Ammunition comes in a box of 25 357 Mag Hornady Ammo 6. centerfire 7. scope 8. practice a lot
Answered By: Coasty - 2/3/2010
Between my son and I we have several. They are mostly his. They all double for deer hunting except for the AR-15 because it is illegal to use .223 for deer hunting in the state that I live in. Bushmaster AR-15, Rem 788 in .243, DPMS LR-243, Rem 700 SPS Varmint in .308. The .308 is kind of rough on pelts but is... More
Answered By: mack_9 - 2/3/2010
You need a Remington 700 Varmint. Get it in .22-250. It is a bolt-action centerfire rifle. Get it with a scope. I don't know the velocity.
Answered By: gunexpert - 2/6/2010
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