Made it out Saturday and did some calling.
My partner and I had agreed this would be our last weekend
calling until next fall so we made a full day of it.
Fourteen stands later this is what we had to show for our
We also called in one more Bobcat, two more Coyotes, and another
Grey Fox. You can't shoot them all .........
Great job, Mo! A couple of those look pretty decent yet but I too am giving them their break. What bullet are you shooting in your 22-243? Looks like pretty good perrformance on fur or you're just making the photos civil. ;)
A friend of mine just called last night and said he'd averaged $675 on his three 'cats. Hope you do well with yours.
675 WOW I only wish ...... SW cats are good looking but not nearly as heavy
furred as those of the North.
They still bring a fair sum and make it worth while but it'll take 10 around here
to get near 675.
My rifle really likes the Seirra 65gr Game King bullet and surprizingly enough
it has proven to be a nearly perfect performer. This load uses H-414 and it flattens
primers consistantly ( Sorry no Chrono ) I would expect 3900+ FPS.
On nearly 2 dozen animals including a Grey Fox it performed with single
entrance no exit. Most of my shots were from 75 to 300 yards.
One bad cat shot fairly close with driver error hit the off side shoulder bone
and caused a bad exit. I have only had this rifle 2 seasons now and having
shot predators for 35 years with lots of calibers ( 22-250 my favorite ) I am
really liking what I see.
Flat flat flat and DRT performance...... Works great........ I may be in love !
Down side they say is barrel life. My thinking on that is I have fired it between
250 and 300 times now, thats load development, sight in, practice, scope
test, and hunting...... everything. This year I fired 10-15 rounds to check zero
and build confidence in my ability to hit with the rifle then I shot it only
on live animals less than 35 times. So lets say 50 shots a year, if it is dead
at 700 rounds then I can use it for the next 8 years. By then I 'll want another
barrel.....just my crooked redneck logic.
Yeah, I sold three 'cats myself for $250 a few weeks ago but the market was coming up then. I was still surprised to hear they brought that much but I know this guy well and he wouldn't exaggerate. One of the 'cats was absolutely huge though. It measured 47" I think.
I'm with you on the barrel life issue. It'd be a different story on prairie dogs or our sage rats. We could toast that thing in a good day! Sure a nice looking rifle. What do the coyotes weigh in your area?