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What's your caliber of choice, for coyotes?

 
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:42 AM
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Re: What's your caliber of choice, for coyotes?

You might enjoy reading this article i wrote a couple yrs back. I go into great detail on the calibers and bullets that worked the best for me over 35 yrs of coyote hunting. AJ

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Old 11-06-2010, 08:47 PM
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You'll probably want to use a 1:8 twist barrel with the Berger 88's and the VLD's. I could not stabalize the 88's with a 1:9 twist barrel in two different rifles. But I can stablize the 105 grain Amax bullets at 3000 fps in my 1:8 barrel. I also recommend you purchasing a small arbor press and a set of Wilson dies
keep us all posted on this new adventure!
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I surely appreciate the suggestion, but the barrel is already on. Back when we were setting this project up, the smith assured me that 1 in 9 will shoot the 105's..? Guess I'll probably end up shooting whatever is most accurate, even if it's only the 75 or 80 grn stuff.

An arbor press has kinda been on my list of "things to get", but haven't gotten to that point yet. When I used to shoot benchrest, I used my great uncles' arbor press (along with his rifles), but I didn't' see any improvement with it compared to a standard press for any of my factory rifles.

Last I heard, it's getting the dip in desert shadow finish at the moment.

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Old 11-06-2010, 09:16 PM
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Looks like I'm a little late to the discussion, but I'ved killed a few using everything from .22 rim fire to .338 (hey, it was all I had at the time.) My favorite has been a 25-06 with a 87 gr hp, haluing *****. I have no idea why but it definitly anchors them, and foxes, and haven't had any, significant hide damage. I'm sure I'll blow the next one i hit with it all to hell, but I've dang near gutted 'em with a .223 40 gr vmax too.

That is my favorite, fast, bucks the wind a little better, and levels them better than .22 cal, imo. Never have used any .24's much but I would imagine thety pretty nuch do the same thing. Definitly feel more reccoil with the 25 tho.
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Late last winter I started using a 6.5x47 Lapua. Rem 700 with a Bartlein 26 " 8 twist barrel. Loves the 140gr Bergers. with H4350@ just over 2800fps. A bit heavy , but most my hunting is on larger ranches doing predator control and the wind always seems to be blowing at least a little here in north central Montana. Killed 4 dogs sofar. The farthest 2 at 610 and 674 yds. ( They are not safe at that distance anymore) All DRT with not even a twitch. Exit holes about the size of a golf ball.
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Old 11-07-2010, 01:03 PM
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I surely appreciate the suggestion, but the barrel is already on. Back when we were setting this project up, the smith assured me that 1 in 9 will shoot the 105's..? Guess I'll probably end up shooting whatever is most accurate, even if it's only the 75 or 80 grn stuff.

An arbor press has kinda been on my list of "things to get", but haven't gotten to that point yet. When I used to shoot benchrest, I used my great uncles' arbor press (along with his rifles), but I didn't' see any improvement with it compared to a standard press for any of my factory rifles.

Last I heard, it's getting the dip in desert shadow finish at the moment.
your gunsmith was right in that a 1:9 will shoot generic 100 grain bullets, but it probably will have trouble with the very long bullets that we often speak of around here. I had a lot of trouble getting 88 grain Bergers to work in a 1:9 barrel in my 6mm's, but my 6/250AI shoots them just fine with a 1:8 barrel. I've had very good results with the 80 grain Blitz in the 1:9 barrels as well as the 85 and 87 grain Hornaday bullets.

I use a small K&M arbor press for my 22's and 6mm rounds. I like the way they setup the toggle link in the ram, and can get a good feel when seating bullets. But on the otherhand the press is not strong enough to full length resize a case, so all I do is neck size with it. I bump shoulders back with my Forster; as well as an occassional full length resize. Been using this setup for ten or twelve years now
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Looks like I'm a little late to the discussion, but I'ved killed a few using everything from .22 rim fire to .338 (hey, it was all I had at the time.) My favorite has been a 25-06 with a 87 gr hp, haluing *****. I have no idea why but it definitly anchors them, and foxes, and haven't had any, significant hide damage. I'm sure I'll blow the next one i hit with it all to hell, but I've dang near gutted 'em with a .223 40 gr vmax too.

That is my favorite, fast, bucks the wind a little better, and levels them better than .22 cal, imo. Never have used any .24's much but I would imagine thety pretty nuch do the same thing. Definitly feel more reccoil with the 25 tho.
one would have to assume that pelt damage was never an issue!<g>
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Late last winter I started using a 6.5x47 Lapua. Rem 700 with a Bartlein 26 " 8 twist barrel. Loves the 140gr Bergers. with H4350@ just over 2800fps. A bit heavy , but most my hunting is on larger ranches doing predator control and the wind always seems to be blowing at least a little here in north central Montana. Killed 4 dogs sofar. The farthest 2 at 610 and 674 yds. ( They are not safe at that distance anymore) All DRT with not even a twitch. Exit holes about the size of a golf ball.
wind in Montana??? I'd call it a hurricane! I remember learning the hard way what fun it was to cast into the wind in Wyoming while on a fishing trip. How much drop are you seeing at 600 yards? Also what zero point do you use?
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