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Ar or Bolt action for yotes?

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Unread 02-24-2012, 01:30 PM
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Ar or Bolt action for yotes?

I am thinking of buying a Rock River Arms Ar or a new bolt action rifle in 22-250.
But I cant decide!! I will be reloading for either one. The Ar would be nice for quick shots, but I like the accuracy of a bolt. Any Thoughts?
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    Re: Ar or Bolt action for yotes?

    22-250 would have to be an AR-10, so I'd say bolt if you're set on that cartridge. If you're happy with an AR-compatible cartridge (say 6.5, 6.8, any WSSM) then the AR can be very handy. I'd keep it light whatever you do.
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    Re: Ar or Bolt action for yotes?

    The Ar is a friends that has been used very little and looks new.It is chambered in .223 /5.56
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    Re: Ar or Bolt action for yotes?

    Oh ok - I thought you meant AR in 22-250 or bolt in 22-250.

    Do you need the extra speed/range of the 22-250? Lots of coyotes have fallen to 223s. I'd get the AR if it's setup well for coyotes (i.e. barrel weight, length, etc).
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    Re: Ar or Bolt action for yotes?

    I try to call coyotes, not too much success. so I probably would be fine with the .223. It is a 16" barrel. I used to have a 22-250 bolt and liked it a lot. But I bet I would like an Ar because of the quick handling and being a semi-auto.
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    Re: Ar or Bolt action for yotes?

    I've run 'em both. I'm a bolt guy. I never fealt the affinity for the AR I do for my bolt guns. The AR never fealt second nature to me.
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    Re: Ar or Bolt action for yotes?

    I have both for coyotes, a Savage Predator bolt in 22-250 and a R-15 Varnint in 223. Either one has no problem nailing a coyote, or the occasional prarie dog or woodchuck out to 500 yards. I find my self using the AR most all of the time. Better for fast follow ups if they are running, or there is more than one. Its a personal thing, but for me the AR is the perfect rifle for this. Ergonomics are excellent, and with practice, it's very fast to get into action.
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