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Building an AR-15 for Coyote - 24" barrel?

 
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:17 PM
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Building an AR-15 for Coyote - 24" barrel?

I would like to get into coyote hunting. I'm building an AR (.223). Should I add on a 24" barrel? So far have a Spike's lower with RRA lower parts kit with varmint trigger group. For now I'm going with standard A2 buttstock. I was looking at a Bushmaster Varminter upper with a 24"barrel (1x9" twist). What are your thoughts and experiences?
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Re: Building an AR-15 for Coyote - 24" barrel?

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I would like to get into coyote hunting. I'm building an AR (.223). Should I add on a 24" barrel? So far have a Spike's lower with RRA lower parts kit with varmint trigger group. For now I'm going with standard A2 buttstock. I was looking at a Bushmaster Varminter upper with a 24"barrel (1x9" twist). What are your thoughts and experiences?
I would say 16 to 18" maximum! There is no need what so ever to go that long! What will you gain? On the twist rate 1-9 is fine if you want your bullets to be 55g and below, I personally would opt for the 1-8 to give myself a shot at the bigger 55g and up loading's.
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:28 PM
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Re: Building an AR-15 for Coyote - 24" barrel?

24" will get you a lil more FPS for just a lil more flat trajectory.. but also weighs more.

I did get a 24" bull barrel on an AR platform and i dont like it at all.

16"-18" will do everything you need it to. Also 8 or 9 twist will be fine.
Ive got a 7 twist 16" that shoots 40gr Vmax and 77gr Noslers into .75moa at 100yds. Also have an 8 twist that shoots 40gr and 68gr into less than 1moa at 100.. and a 9 twist that loves the 55gr stuff.

So pick whats more comfortable carrying around in the field.. you will be more happy.
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Re: Building an AR-15 for Coyote - 24" barrel?

I have a Rock River Arms EOP with a 24" bull barrel and it is super accurate but my next will definitely have an max barrel length of 20", maybe even 18" if it was a heavier profile.
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Re: Building an AR-15 for Coyote - 24" barrel?

Both my ARs are 16's, I've never had anything longer but I am going to build a 20" upper in the near future. My 16's have always worked great but I still have some cravings for a little longer barrel for the extra velocity. I think those 24's are pretty heavy to be packing around much but IMO a 18 or 20 would be a good happy medium of speed and weight.
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Re: Building an AR-15 for Coyote - 24" barrel?

24,20, 18, 16, so many choices. If I had the intention of shooting the dogs at 600m plus 18" barrel inside that range I want 14.5 to 16 medium heavy.
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Re: Building an AR-15 for Coyote - 24" barrel?

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I would say 16 to 18" maximum! There is no need what so ever to go that long! What will you gain? On the twist rate 1-9 is fine if you want your bullets to be 55g and below, I personally would opt for the 1-8 to give myself a shot at the bigger 55g and up loading's.
My thought on the 24" was that it could help if I needed to take a long shot.
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