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Old 07-31-2012, 09:26 AM
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Larger caliber AR for coyotes?

Does anyone here use a larger caliber AR for coyotes? (larger than .223/5.56)
If so, what caliber are you using?
What calibers would you suggest?

I've had my eyes on the 6.8spc and 6.5 grendel, for a while and the performance specs are impressive.

Your opinions and experiences are appreciated.
Thank you, Bowhunter57
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Re: Larger caliber AR for coyotes?

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Does anyone here use a larger caliber AR for coyotes? (larger than .223/5.56)
If so, what caliber are you using?
What calibers would you suggest?

I've had my eyes on the 6.8spc and 6.5 grendel, for a while and the performance specs are impressive.

Your opinions and experiences are appreciated.
Thank you, Bowhunter57

If you are going to upgrade your AR15 by changing the upper the 6.8 and6.5 Grendel are good choices. If you are looking to buy a complete rifle, I would look into the AR10 (Or Remington's
R 25). you can get then in larger calibers like the .243,260,7/08 and 308 +others.

The .243 makes a great Coyote killer and the 260 Rem can also be used for deer with great
success.

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Old 08-01-2012, 08:56 PM
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Re: Larger caliber AR for coyotes?

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This would be my second AR purchase, as the last one was a RRA A4 Varmint. I've given some thought buying the upper and lower separate, but I don't think the R-25 can be purchased that way.

I need to shop online to see who sells an upper in larger calibers than .223/5.56 and go from there. I know RRA sells the 6.8spc and 6.5 grendel, but I'm not sure what other manufacturers sell them...or .243 or .308 or etc.

I perfer the stopping power of the larger calibers, for coyotes.

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Old 08-02-2012, 05:59 AM
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Re: Larger caliber AR for coyotes?

we are always looking for the ultimate coyote rifle,in the last few years i have had a dtech 243wssm built, and a dpms 6.5 creedmore. both are great all around packages but the heavier front end weight of the creedmore makes me steadier sitting with pop on stoney point.i shoot 123amax furthest shot is 603yds, several doubles i dont think i could have pulled off with bolt gun.these heavier bullets anchor them.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:12 PM
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Re: Larger caliber AR for coyotes?

+1 for the Creedmoor. I have a POF creedmoor that shoots less than MOA out to 900 yds. I love the way it handles & carries. I shot a 2.5" 3shot group yesterday @ 610yds with 140gr factory Amax. I've only been shooting LR for about 5 or 6 months now. I know quite a few people that have creedmoors & they're all plenty accurate..... I also have a DPMS LR243. I never have liked the way it handled. It's not a light gun but it seems heavier than it really is. I put a Gen3 NV scope on it for hogs & only shoot it off of big Stoney Point shooting sticks..... IMHO there is night & day difference in the two guns.... No pun intended
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Re: Larger caliber AR for coyotes?

If you don't mind building the gun there's tons of options I have a 6.8 I'm putting together now while I wait for a custom barrel in 6x6.8 which I think will be an awesome set up but its a few months out yet. 6x45 is a decent option and cheap as well. There is also a .243 lbc which is basically the grendal necked down. Depends on what your hunting style is and how portable you want to be the grendal really shines with 20" and longer barrels vs the 6.8 which is designed specifically for a 14-16" barrel.
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Re: Larger caliber AR for coyotes?

If you aren't opposed to the larger frame of the AR10 style rifles, go for it. I don't feel its needed for coyotes as there are a LOT of calibers for the AR15 that will do the same work.

The only reason IMO, to jump to the AR10 would be to run a .260 or a creedmoor, and both are WAY PLENTY OF GUN for coyotes.
I shoot a .243WSSM and with 105 gr bullets, it completely destroys them. My partner gets upset because he likes to save fur, and there usually isn't any worth keeping if I let a pill fly.

Depending on your shooting distance, there is no reason to look beyond the 243 or 25 WSSM if "larger than .223" is what you're after.
If you don't plan to shoot beyond 3-400...then a 6.8 might work better...but the point is. AR10 isn't really necessary. LOTS of calibers in an AR15 will wreck a dog.

Maybe consider the 22-250. Not bigger, per say, but plenty fast.

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