Larry, I completely understand that concept and I'm looking for a happy medium of speed/flat trajectory and barrel life. I know a 223 will last me a life time but I just have no interest in the cartridge. I like the 17 Rem Fireball, 204 Ruger, 22-250, 243, and about every 25 there is. I do have to check the twist rate for the Rem 700 SPS in 204 though because I'm really wanting to use the 39gr. Sierra Blitzking. I need to do some research and see how much coyote pelts are selling for. If they're not bringing in much then I'll probably just buy a 243 Win for them. Trust me I know this is gonna be an expensive hobby; I'm already planning to buy 3 rifles specifically for predator/varmint hunting, but I want them to last long enough to pass down to my kids. Like you said, "theres no free lunch", but if I can get a steak for the same price as a salad.... well then pass me the A-1 sir and please keep the advice coming. I'm new and appreciate all the wisdom and experience you bring to the table. This is a little of topic of my post title but oh well it's my post.
If you were going to buy 3 rifles in 3 different calibers specifically for predator and varmint hunting what would they be? I'm thinking a Rem 700 SPS in 17Rem Fireball for calling and to keep the pelts; a Weatherby Vanguard Sub-MOA in 243 Win for just blasting yotes at long ranges, and
??17HMR,204Rug,22-250, 25 cal of some sort,7mmWSM?
Don't have a clue on the 3rd choice but I'm pretty set on the other 2. I was pretty set on the 204 but only with the 39gr. Blitzking, and there's not much I can do with the 204 that can't be done with the 17RF. Please feel free to step in and give me your take.