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

 
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:15 PM
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Re: LOOKING for tips on Rifle and Scope set-up for Coyotes??

Being a lefty as well I say go with the Remington SPS in 22-250. If you plan on upgrading the rifle later the remington will be the easiest to get parts for.
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Being a lefty as well I say go with the Remington SPS in 22-250. If you plan on upgrading the rifle later the remington will be the easiest to get parts for.
I was looking at that rifle and thought that it would be too heavy for a walking rifle but i'm not sure it will be that heavy. How is the accuracy on those rifles??

I also saw a Savage model 11 in 223 for $350 and it says it has the accustock and accutrigger would this be a good buy??

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Old 11-13-2010, 10:19 AM
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Re: LOOKING for tips on Rifle and Scope set-up for Coyotes??

The Savage rifle I held with the accustock on it seemed to be a very well built rifle for 350 I would say yes that is a very good deal. I had 2 savages and have gotten rid of one and am trying to get rid of the other one not because they are not accurate but because of lack of aftermarket support. I switched to Remington and now have two SPS one in .308 and one in .243, and another SPS on the way (hopefully soon) in 338 EDGE. As for weight my .308 with scope loaded is just over 10 LBS. I use stoney point rapid pivot shooting sticks and the weight on that style of bipod is perfect. If you plan on leaving the rifle as is get the savage throw a Leupold VX-II 4-12X40 on it and don't look back. If you wanna pinch penny's get a VXI stay away from the rifleman as you cannot upgrade that scope. The others you can have reticle's changed and target turrets added at a later time, that's what I do.
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Re: LOOKING for tips on Rifle and Scope set-up for Coyotes??

If your wanting to take a long shot at a hopefully stationary coyote then you can go with almost any of the bolt actions that have been recommended. If your serious about Calling coyotes, where they will appear up close and at times in twos or threes, then get an AR-15. The adjustable stock Remington R-15 is about perfect but pricey. A guy could build a similar one for far cheaper. If your a lefty Stag arms even makes ARs for you. Stick with a 16-18 inch barrel and a low powered scope. Good Luck
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Re: LOOKING for tips on Rifle and Scope set-up for Coyotes??

I have a remington sps left hand 22-250. It is unbelievably accurate with 50 gr ballistic tips or smk 52s. I have shot many 1/4 moa or under groups with it. I changed the stock to a hs precision, but it shot just as well before. It is fairly heavy, mine is 13#s with a bipod and scope. If most of your shots are in the 200-400 yard range this would be a good choice. If most of your shots are under 200 yards, I would opt for a lighter quicker rifle. If most of your shots are over 400 yards or if you hunt in windy areas I would consider a .243.
Optics also depend on your primary range. I like about a 4-16x with a mildot reticle for wind hold. A 3-9x is plenty for coyotes out to 300 yards or even a bit more. I wouldn't want more than about 5X for a minimum power setting. Like always with optics, spend all you can.
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Used to be a person could shoot non-game critters from a vehicle. I think that has changed.
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Re: LOOKING for tips on Rifle and Scope set-up for Coyotes??

I've taken a boat load of coyotes with the .204. That being said, I'm primarily a caller so most of my shots are under 200 yards. I have shot coyotes out to 400 yards with the .204 but I feel the .204 is really a 300 yard coyote rifle. Stay away from the 32 grain poly-tipped bullets for coyotes. Bergers are the best if you plan on saving fur. For varmint shooting out to 400 yards, the .204 is fantastic and allows you to call a lot of your own shots with a heavy barrel rifle. I use 39 grain BK's for varmints because they have a higher BC.

To specifically address your question, go with a bigger caliber for coyotes at longer ranges. My son carries his .243AI for the occasional "drive by" coyote between stands and when we're hunting a contest where it's more important to have DRT's than a nice pelt. The weight of a varmint contour barrel has no disadvantages for a truck gun. Only in close-in calling situations is the heavy barrel a problem. Any extra time it takes to get the heavy barrel deployed will be made up in settling down quicker when you're on the coyote IMHO.

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