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

 
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:15 AM
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Re: Building an AR-15 for Coyote - 24" barrel?

So long as we are only talking about a rifle for coyote hunting and not one that will double as a varmint rifle, barrel length is a matter of personal preference. A barrel as short as 16 inches will launch a 50 to 55 grain varmint bullet fast enough do the deed at typical ranges. My coyote rifle has a 20 inch barrel and I am quite happy with it. So in the end get what you want, learn to shoot it well, you will do just fine.
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Re: Building an AR-15 for Coyote - 24" barrel?

I own AR's in 16, 20, and two 24" barrels. All are 1:9. One 24" is a heavy DPMS bull that I use for 300 yards eggs shoots and target competition, and it holds sub .5MOA at 300 yards and at 500 yards will keep 69grSMKs in a 3" circle nicely. Its very heavy and not practical to lug around for the type of coyote hunting I do. For the longer range varmint hunting my 24" R15 varmint with a 24" barrel is equally accurate but with the triangular barrel is a manageable weight , roughly 9 pounds. Light enough for off hand close in shots, but very stable for precision long range shooting. For the closer hunting I like the 16 and 20", but for the longer shots I can see a very noticeable difference in accuracy and wind drift with the longer tubes and extra velocity, 250+FPS. My buddy uses the 24" Bushmaster with the fluted barrel, also a good choice that has manageable weight, and excellent for precision work at the longer distances. Accuracy is similar to my R-15. IMO.
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I own AR's in 16, 20, and two 24" barrels. All are 1:9. One 24" is a heavy DPMS bull that I use for 300 yards eggs shoots and target competition, and it holds sub .5MOA at 300 yards and at 500 yards will keep 69grSMKs in a 3" circle nicely. Its very heavy and not practical to lug around for the type of coyote hunting I do. For the longer range varmint hunting my 24" R15 varmint with a 24" barrel is equally accurate but with the triangular barrel is a manageable weight , roughly 9 pounds. Light enough for off hand close in shots, but very stable for precision long range shooting. For the closer hunting I like the 16 and 20", but for the longer shots I can see a very noticeable difference in accuracy and wind drift with the longer tubes and extra velocity, 250+FPS. My buddy uses the 24" Bushmaster with the fluted barrel, also a good choice that has manageable weight, and excellent for precision work at the longer distances. Accuracy is similar to my R-15. IMO.
Thanks for the great info. I just finished building the rifle today. I built the lower and added the Bushmster Varminter upper receiver with 24" fluted barrel. I'm waiting for my scope to arrive. I ordered the new Nikon Monarch 3 4-16x50 with BDC reticle. It hasn't hit the store shelves yet. I can't wait til it arrives.
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Thanks for the great info. I just finished building the rifle today. I built the lower and added the Bushmster Varminter upper receiver with 24" fluted barrel. I'm waiting for my scope to arrive. I ordered the new Nikon Monarch 3 4-16x50 with BDC reticle. It hasn't hit the store shelves yet. I can't wait til it arrives.
Good choice. I think you will be very pleased with the performance of that upper, let us know how it shoots!
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Where are the pictures?
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Re: Building an AR-15 for Coyote - 24" barrel?

Here are the pictures I took with my iPhone to show the build progress:
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Re: Building an AR-15 for Coyote - 24" barrel?

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