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LOOKING for tips on Rifle and Scope set-up for Coyotes??

 
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:31 PM
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LOOKING for tips on Rifle and Scope set-up for Coyotes??

I have a couple of other posts on this site and thought I would start a new one with a new topic. I am looking for a rifle I can use for Varmint/Coyote hunting and a good gun to carry in the truck.
(I am left handed and would like to have a lefty rifle)

Rifles i have saw are:

1) Remington SPS Varmint Centerfire Rifle - Model 700 SPS Varmint - Remington Centerfire Rifles

2) Savage Model 12 http://guncanyon.com/viewimage.php?p...613&height=216

3) CZ 527 American CZ-USA -> CZ 527 American

4) Savage Model 11 http://guncanyon.com/photos/__swsports_26389.jpg


They are the only ones I have saw at my local gun store in left handed and in small calibers.

I have been looking at 204 ruger or 22-250 for caliber.
Is a heavy barell needed for Varmint/Coyote hunting???

Thanks for all help

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Old 11-07-2010, 09:04 PM
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Re: LOOKING for tips on Rifle and Scope set-up for Coyotes??

I would say go with the 22-250. I don't know how windy it gets where you are, or far away you plan on shooting, but if you're talking truck hunting.......then you're probably going to have alot of moving/running shots. in my experience, the clock is always tickin pretty fast when coyotes are in the crosshairs. A little extra knockdown power is nice, and you can load a 22-250 extremely fast with light bullets if you want speed.

A heavy long barrel is not needed, and more of a hinderance when shooting from the truck than a short barrel for damn sure! Short heavy barrel.......best of both worlds, especially if you shoot light bullets and fast burning powder.

Once again, the clock is ticking. I highly recommend some sort of ranging reticle with holdover dots/dashes of some sort. Reason is; even if calling coyotes in a full camo outfit, they don't stand for extra movement (like using a rangefinder and then dialing in the scope adjustments). They definately don't usually give you time for this when shooting from the truck!

These recomendations are based on hunting coyotes in pretty open country where the wind blows alot and shots can be pretty far at times. Also based on hunting educated dogs (they stand still until the truck stops, then they are gettin gone!)

Best of luck.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:53 PM
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Re: LOOKING for tips on Rifle and Scope set-up for Coyotes??

Has anybody had any first hand experience with the 204 ruger? I am looking at it because it is a very light recioling round, fast, and a somewhat uncommon round. I have read mixed reviews about the caliber for hunting varmints and predators. So how well does it work for hunting and what is a good bullet for hunting?

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Old 11-11-2010, 10:00 PM
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Re: LOOKING for tips on Rifle and Scope set-up for Coyotes??

I shoot a Sav.Mod.12fv in 22-250 for yotes and woodchucks. For chucks I shoot the 50 gr.v-max and yotes I use the 50 gr sierra bthp. Sierra has less of a chance to splash on the bones of a coyote like the v-max "might"under certain conditions.
A friend of mine had a 204 and was not happy with it on coyotes,he switched to a 22-250.

The 22-250 will handle the wind better too. Also the savage will most likely out shoot the remington, and save you some money that you can put towards good optics.
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:16 PM
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Re: LOOKING for tips on Rifle and Scope set-up for Coyotes??

My uncle has a 22-250 and loves it. He says it works great if you have heavy barrel rifle. But reciol may knock it far off target when shooting with a light rifle. So i was opting for 204 ruger.

But for optics I was looking at the SWFA SS 10x42, how well would that scope work for shooting out to 600 or so yards.

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Old 11-11-2010, 11:53 PM
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Re: LOOKING for tips on Rifle and Scope set-up for Coyotes??

I use a .243 here in windy WY. With the 62gr. varmint grenade it is dynamite. My wife uses the same rifle for deer and antelope. It is a T3 lite.

My other coyote rifle is a 600 Mohawk in .222. it is short and fast handling but only really good out to 200yds. with 36gr. varmint grenades.

Both rifles are very accurate but I am not sure if either come LH. The 600's are really hard to find now.

The "green" varmint bullets have been a real godsend. No more blown up fur.

I use good 3x9 scopes and dial them down to 3X when calling and shoot off the knee with my pack between my legs for stability. If a dog holds up at 200+ I dial up to 9X and let er' rip.
A heavy barrel is great for off the knee stability but a real pain to lug around. Not worth it in my opinion, unless you like to shoot PD's.

You are lucky to be LH. My coyote hunting partner is LH. He sits on the right and I sit on the left and we are able to cover about 270 degrees pretty easy.

Good luck.
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Old 11-12-2010, 05:22 AM
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Re: LOOKING for tips on Rifle and Scope set-up for Coyotes??

I'd go for the Savage in .243 (with accustock and accutrigger) with a Nikon Buckmaster 4.5-14x40 with BDC holdover-type reticle. Work up a good load with a 75 to 115 grain ballistic tip or similar bullet and you'll have one awesome coyote rifle.
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