Jack-of-all-trades varmint/coyote round
I'm looking to possibly add a varmint rig to the safe. I'm looking for something that will reliably kill coyotes, while not being to much gun for raccoons, crows, fox etc...
I've got dies for 22-250 and 223 already, but I'm concerned with launching 40-60 grain bullets around when there's possibly cattle or other assets in the area. I've read multiple posts and articles stating that the 204 Ruger actually bucks wind better and shoots flatter than 22-250 with 50-55 grain bullets. I know I could get a Savage with a 12 twist or a Browning with a 9 twist for heavy stuff and give the 250 an edge, but will that mess with the rifles ability to shoot the lighter frangible bullets?
I picture 204 as being the just right caliber as far as limiting over penetration and ricochet potential, much like the 17 HMR for little stuff. I'm not against tooling up to load and clean another caliber of it's an ideal fit.
Are my concerns about the 22-250 unfounded, or is there merit to my way of thinking? I don't really care that the 250 could be used on deer, I'm done with the idea that my rifles need to be able to handle any situation.
Thanks for any insight.