I finally got out for some stands yesterday morning to start getting the kinks out. Had a few challenges (like my shotgun magazine not feeding) so I took only the new .243AI on the first stand. A mature female ...showed up in just over a minute and went down five yards from the FOXPRO Shockwave
. At seven minutes a big male ran right by the downed female. It took a few barks and then a voice howl to get him to stop at about 110 yards where he dropped immediately as the 65 grain V-max hit. (Bullet performance was perfect--no exit on either coyote.) The first stand of the year, the first double and the first coyotes with the new .243AI!
Unfortunately, the bullet of the third round stuck in the throat of the rifle and pulled out of the case when I tried to clear the chamber. Argh! I went back to the truck and was able to get the shotgun mag freed up so I took it back out and left the rifle.
Second stand was a blank. Third stand had one show up at seven minutes just eight yards from me. It stopped about twelve yards from the caller but turned to leave. I stood up and shot behind it and the shotgun failed to feed for the follow-up shot. Double Argh! One more coyote got downwind out of shotgun range and left without a shot.
So, three stands, four coyotes called and wo in the truck. The male was a big one for the desert. He was about 35 pounds. Terrible cell phone photo. Just added for those "No photo, it didn't happen" types!
Go forth and slay stuff.....