My number one huntable critter is the little wolf. Our states pheasant population is about wiped out. The deer herd has dwindled by 50%. I think the coyote is to blame as much as anything. So I would estimate that 80% of my hunting revolves around trying to make dead coyotes out of live ones. It only makes sense then that rifle battery lines up along those lines. I have an AR15, I have a couple 223 bolt guns and a 243 for the cagey ones. In our part of the world coyote hunting is most profitable if done from a truck using FM radios. Yes fellers this is 100% legal as long as you have a weapons permit and permission from the land owner.
Why a 256 Winchester? Well, I would hate to try to recount all of the times that I've been running across an open bean field with a coyote running along side of me almost close enough to touch but almost impossible to get lined up in a scope. I have killed a few of these coyotes with my old 30-30. The 30-30 doesn't even figure into the equation but the handiness of the lever action which the 30-30 happens to be does. If the 94 in 30-30 is good in this situation then a little Rossi in 256 Winchester would be perfect!
If you really do apples to apples my 16 inch AR15 running a 55 grain bullet at 2800 has absolutely nothing over the Rossi in 256 running a 60 grain pill at the same speed. I am talking about shots that never exceed 100 yards so BC and down range performance mean nothing.
Now if only someone would do a Rossi 92 in 264 Winchester? I know of a fella on our very own forum who has been doing it and doing it right! What say Andy are you up to putting one of these together for to kill iowa coyotes with?