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Winchester Coyote Light

22 Sep 2017
@ 09:29 pm (GMT)

Mark Whitaker

I have an opportunity to buy a NIB USA built Coyote Light in 243. It comes in a red box, I don't know anything about Winchesters, the red box may indictes its age.

Anyway will the Winchester magbox accommodate 7mm-08 180gr ELD-M rounds suitably rebarrelled?

It will only shoot 162 and 180 ELD-M? 1 in 8 or 1 in 8 1/2 twist rate?

Any known issues?



23 Sep 2017
@ 08:22 pm (GMT)

Mark Whitaker

Re: Winchester Coyote Light
I now own a Winchester and with this purchase I now have a plan.

Keep the Coyote Light in 243
Keep Lithgow 22lr
Keep Remington Mountain SS in 7mm 08
Keep Remington SS SPS in 300 WM
Sell Remington VSSF 223
Rebarrel Mauser 98 to 7mm08 or 7x57 (AI ?) specifically for 180gr ELD-M

Next question, as my Mauser is a small ring KAR 98 (Erfurt 1915) does anyone know if I can use a large ring stock as a basis with bedding?

If I can I will try and get the Bell & Carlson Varmint 98 stock.

24 Sep 2017
@ 10:34 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Winchester Coyote Light
Hi mark, sorry I was away bush. Stopped here yesterday just to paste Colfo's gun policy page regarding the elections.

As an answer to the first, the Coyote is basically the old push feed version of the M70. These were a very nice action however if yours has polymer floorware, you will have to be careful with torque settings, crushing, splitting etc. Otherwise these are quite often a very accurate rifle. The mag length is a true short action, no good for the 180gr.

Please see following FAQ from stocky stocks regarding small / large ring action differences (hole spacing):

Once a Mauser is bastardized, we may as well go the whole hog and cut the front out of the magazine, lengthening it like an H&H. This will give you enough room to feed the .280 rather than trying to load a 7x57AI hot. Then again, many folk try to push the .280 and .280AI past its sweet spots so its a catch 22 as to where to draw the line. But in a .280, you will at least get 2600fps. The 180gr goes really well in a 9 twist magnum but at 2600fps, you will need an 8 twist.

In the Hybrid thread, I wrote - buy the gun you really want. Be mindful of this as sometimes we blow more money trying to build something economical than if we would if we were to simply start with what we really wanted. Mauser builds often end up this way if we do not have a clear goal.

Hope that helps.
24 Sep 2017
@ 06:29 pm (GMT)

Thomas Kitchen

Re: Winchester Coyote Light
hi Mark
just thought i would comment.
few guys on here know i for god knows what reason seem to build guns on old actions building a second gun using a p14 action as we speak.
i also own a k98 a parker hale i brought it as a 308 but the barrel was stuffed so i managed to find a second 243 barrel that shoots very well.
i have a love hate relationship with that gun i find feeding the short 243 cartridge a little bit of a pain, it'll one day end up a 6-06 once the throat goes on it.
any way sometimes its better to buy a newer action then sink lot of money on an old action trying to get it to something you'll be happy with other times its also nice to get an old action up and running perfectly.
just looking at the calibers you have will you gain much over your 7-08 with a 7x57? or even 280?
have you thought about a 35 whelen seems to be more of a difference then what you already have.
not sure what kind of hunting you do?
it should fit in the standard 98k mag and without changing bolt face to?
24 Sep 2017
@ 08:40 pm (GMT)

Mark Whitaker

Re: Winchester Coyote Light
Thanks Nathan, I will check the bottom metal.

As far as my Mauser is concerned it's a 98 length with a 96 ring. In other words the long action (98) with the front ring size of the short (96) action.

There are soon many different Mauser actions.

Thomas, thanks but I am after a long range 7mm. I have a 300WM for ferret pigs and Sambar Deer when in Victoria. I sold my 375 H&H due to lack of use.


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