Here is the deal, I am a kid, so I never have a bunch of money to spend on a gun (maybe 350 tops)
I was looking into the 17 HMR (180 bucks average, bolt action, very plain, but I don't care) My grandpa has the same one, and I really like it. BUT, I want a multi purpose gun, and I've seen what a 17 HMR does to squirrels and grouse.
SO, I was thinking about teh 17 HM2, What would the max effective range be on that?
But, my 32 is getting really old and the rifleing are getting screwed up, So I was looking at the negants (sp?) (7.62X54r) My understanding is they are inbetween the -06 and the 308, I know the 308 is a popular coyote and fox round, so, what would a FMJ outta the 7.62 do to a fox? (plus it has open sights, I HATE scopes)
OR, I was thinking about the 243, now, a 243 puts out more energy at 300 yards than my 32 does at 200, and it puts out 1200Ft Lbs of energy at 200 yards, SO, I would be using it for moose, caribou and bears.
I currently am hunting with a 1100 that I shoot slugs and buckshot out of, but I would love to get a new gun, all my own!
What are you guyses thoughts?
is there any other round that would be a good MULTI purpose round? Mainly I am looking for a prredator rifle, but I would love to be able to use it for big game.
I am also looking for one that can effectivly take predators out to 150 yards. last fall I called in a few fox, and seen some running, at 100-150 yards, never got any closer and a 22 LR just don't cut it for that range!
Thanks in advance!