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Offline Eric M

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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #25 on: December 26, 2017, 10:02:29 AM »
Or if you are wanting a gun for lions also check out the 220 swift.

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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #26 on: December 26, 2017, 10:14:43 AM »
For coyote specifically, what are the advantages of .22-250 over .223/5.56mm? The cost of the ammo seems to be averaging about twice the cost of the .223 or more.  :dunno:

I've been thinking about a varmint gun. Can the .22-250 be done on an AR15 platform? Has anyone used the .223 WSSM round? Thanks.

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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #27 on: December 26, 2017, 10:15:03 AM »
The cartridge isn't really that critical, anything will work. I agree with either the 223 or 243. I'd probably go with the 243 if I was purchasing a new predator rifle. But most important in my mind is I'd want a relatively light rifle with a short barrel (probably 20 - 22 inch.) As others have said the 243 is a good choice just due to the versatility and the fact that you can hunt deer with it too. But, if you're saving the fur, the 223 might be the best option for that reason.

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Bullet choice will have a greater impact on fur damage or lack of in the calibers discussed.  And choice of rifle as mentioned, light and easy to carry if on the move will go along way towards making it a more enjoyable outing.
  Thanks everyone for the insight,  I'm not really familiar with all the different ballistics to increase damage or decrease,  but the more I think about it maybe I should get a .243 just do to the fact that my daughter may want to deer hunt in next couple years. 

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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #28 on: December 26, 2017, 10:18:54 AM »
welp there ya go  :tup:

I did the same thing, I still pack the .243 if I'm snowshoeing in a ways as it's more back friendly than an AR  :chuckle:
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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #29 on: December 26, 2017, 10:27:01 AM »
Lots of people like the 243 for coyotes. Have fun.

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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #30 on: December 26, 2017, 10:36:50 AM »
AR set up for skiing, snowshoeing, biking etc.



I rarely use it as I find a bolt action or combo gun to work better for me, I always rely on the first shot.
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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #31 on: December 26, 2017, 11:27:29 AM »
For coyote specifically, what are the advantages of .22-250 over .223/5.56mm? The cost of the ammo seems to be averaging about twice the cost of the .223 or more.  :dunno:

I've been thinking about a varmint gun. Can the .22-250 be done on an AR15 platform? Has anyone used the .223 WSSM round? Thanks.

It was for awhile.  Since the company folded, not sure if anyone else is currently doing though...

Boy, that's not cheap, especially with the standard stock and furniture on it. Probably a moot point anyway, though.
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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #32 on: December 26, 2017, 12:10:10 PM »
17 rem in a Rem 700 lvsf is my favorite coyote round I have.
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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #33 on: December 26, 2017, 12:13:13 PM »
For Cougar you have to use at least a .22 caliber centerfire or larger, so from there you need to pick one that is enough for cougar but not too much for bobcat fur. 

.22 hornet is about as low as you can go in .22 centerfire, but I'm not sure I'd want to use that on a lion that isn't in a tree with dogs below it  :dunno:  I never shot a .22 hornet, but it sounds interesting for bobcat and should be as fur friendly as it gets in centerfire.  Savage makes a walking varmeter chambered for .22 hornet and CZ makes a sweet little .22 hornet rifle  ;)   I'd get the CZ for sure.


.223 is plenty for cougar and coyote but can be hard on fur with bobcat and even coyotes, you can help that with proper bullet selection and placement though.  AR15 is pretty much the standard unless you want a bolt action, but nothing beats the AR for follow up shots on multiple oyotes.  I've gotten doubles with bolt action though too.




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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #34 on: December 26, 2017, 02:12:16 PM »
22-250 AR is bag and heavy too, I saw and played with an Olympic Arms one. shot a lot of coyotes with a 223, good gun, I consider it a 300 yard coyote gun. I say that due to hold over I had to use and penetration I was using 55 grain, 22-250 kills em , close range it tears them up, hold over is less and with 55 grain kills them at any range I can hit them.
I also have a 243 set up identical to the 22-250, if its a contest, I think they will be long range, it is important that I kill them or if I might call a cougar I use the 243. ( except for deer/elk seasons)
I like all three cartridges and use them all for coyotes for the last 20 years or more.
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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #35 on: December 26, 2017, 03:57:51 PM »
For Cougar you have to use at least a .22 caliber centerfire or larger, so from there you need to pick one that is enough for cougar but not too much for bobcat fur. 

.22 hornet is about as low as you can go in .22 centerfire, but I'm not sure I'd want to use that on a lion that isn't in a tree with dogs below it  :dunno:  I never shot a .22 hornet, but it sounds interesting for bobcat and should be as fur friendly as it gets in centerfire.  Savage makes a walking varmeter chambered for .22 hornet and CZ makes a sweet little .22 hornet rifle  ;)   I'd get the CZ for sure.


.223 is plenty for cougar and coyote but can be hard on fur with bobcat and even coyotes, you can help that with proper bullet selection and placement though.  AR15 is pretty much the standard unless you want a bolt action, but nothing beats the AR for follow up shots on multiple oyotes.  I've gotten doubles with bolt action though too.




Rock Island Armory 22 TCM rifle is the answer.

I can duplicate that with 9x25 dillon barrel in my G20  ;)
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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #36 on: December 26, 2017, 04:21:38 PM »
The .243 Win is tough to beat for versatility. 95 gr reloads for deer, 55 gr reloads for yotes.

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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #37 on: December 26, 2017, 04:33:51 PM »
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The Dillon is a screamer, I have one for my G20 but need to get one for my G40, that would be fun!

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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #38 on: December 26, 2017, 05:22:54 PM »
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The Dillon is a screamer, I have one for my G20 but need to get one for my G40, that would be fun!

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get an optics ready long slide and extended 9x25 barrel  :tup:



You could break 2000fps with that
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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #39 on: December 26, 2017, 05:28:41 PM »
The .243 Win is tough to beat for versatility. 95 gr reloads for deer, 55 gr reloads for yotes.
Beautiful sight!!  hopefully I can perform that well .

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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #40 on: December 26, 2017, 06:18:23 PM »
For Cougar you have to use at least a .22 caliber centerfire or larger, so from there you need to pick one that is enough for cougar but not too much for bobcat fur. 

.22 hornet is about as low as you can go in .22 centerfire, but I'm not sure I'd want to use that on a lion that isn't in a tree with dogs below it  :dunno:  I never shot a .22 hornet, but it sounds interesting for bobcat and should be as fur friendly as it gets in centerfire.  Savage makes a walking varmeter chambered for .22 hornet and CZ makes a sweet little .22 hornet rifle  ;)   I'd get the CZ for sure.


.223 is plenty for cougar and coyote but can be hard on fur with bobcat and even coyotes, you can help that with proper bullet selection and placement though.  AR15 is pretty much the standard unless you want a bolt action, but nothing beats the AR for follow up shots on multiple oyotes.  I've gotten doubles with bolt action though too.




Rock Island Armory 22 TCM rifle is the answer.

I can duplicate that with 9x25 dillon barrel in my G20  ;)


How's the range on that KF ? Have you ever seen the 22 TCM ?
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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #41 on: December 26, 2017, 08:07:30 PM »
Remington 700 in 17 Remington. Great for Coyotes and the fur buyers love it!!

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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #42 on: December 26, 2017, 08:34:48 PM »
Ended up going with savage axis .243 Winchester it was more in my price range too and my daughter will be able to use if decides to hunt deer.  Now gotta find a fox pro that doesn't cost arm and leg  :tup:

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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #43 on: December 26, 2017, 10:13:52 PM »
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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #44 on: December 26, 2017, 10:18:36 PM »
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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #45 on: December 27, 2017, 08:58:00 AM »
Ended up going with savage axis .243 Winchester it was more in my price range too and my daughter will be able to use if decides to hunt deer.  Now gotta find a fox pro that doesn't cost arm and leg  :tup:
Spend another 100 bucks and put a Romney trigger in it. You'll thank me

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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #46 on: December 27, 2017, 09:05:19 AM »
Ended up going with savage axis .243 Winchester it was more in my price range too and my daughter will be able to use if decides to hunt deer.  Now gotta find a fox pro that doesn't cost arm and leg  :tup:
Spend another 100 bucks and put a Romney trigger in it. You'll thank me

Better yet, get a Timney. ;)
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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #47 on: December 27, 2017, 09:08:27 AM »
Ended up going with savage axis .243 Winchester it was more in my price range too and my daughter will be able to use if decides to hunt deer.  Now gotta find a fox pro that doesn't cost arm and leg  :tup:
Spend another 100 bucks and put a Romney trigger in it. You'll thank me

If you were not already aware, Savage is offering a $100.00 rebate on all Axis models purchased before Dec 31.  Have until Jan 31 to submit form, then expect a long wait, but if you do everthing correct, you will get a $100.00 pre-paid VISA.

I got two of the 12FV rifles, one rebate is already back and spent, the second is approved and awaiting mailing.  It is by no means a fast process, but worth the wait.

Also, do it on-line instead of snail mail.  A large amount of mailed in rebates seem to be having issues.  Scan or take pictures of the required info and should be good to go.  If something is wrong, can call the number and they seem very willing to help correct any mistakes.
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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #48 on: December 27, 2017, 11:13:45 AM »
Ruger predator in .308 with Hornady superperformance 150grn sst and a Burris Timberline 3-9X36.

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Re: Your favorite go too weapon for coyote hunting
« Reply #49 on: December 27, 2017, 01:24:04 PM »
Ended up going with savage axis .243 Winchester it was more in my price range too and my daughter will be able to use if decides to hunt deer.  Now gotta find a fox pro that doesn't cost arm and leg  :tup:
Spend another 100 bucks and put a Romney trigger in it. You'll thank me

Better yet, get a Timney. ;)
Thanks auto correct on my phone has been awful. I don't know that Romney makes triggers haha. I meant Timney.

 

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