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What's your caliber of choice, for coyotes?

 
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:05 PM
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Re: What's your caliber of choice, for coyotes?

Glad to hear your killing Coyotes in Gods Country (B.C.) I'm still looking for more input on caliber choices. Like I said in my first post, I have a 223 in a Stag AR-15 platform. It's a 24inch bull barell with a Vortex Viper 4x12x40 dead hold BDC. I have been reloading for that, and have it shooting pretty tight 3 shot groups at 100 and 200 yards. I would just like something in a bolt action that's a little bit bigger, and a little bit faster. I just can't see spending several thousand on a "Gun Werks" rifle, if I can build something fairly close to that, for half the cost, or less?
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:06 PM
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Always wanted to come out there quail hunting too, but like you say, eveything out there either wants to bite you, poke you , or make you bleed!! My shorthair would get tore up out there! She kills snakes here in Michigan too, so she would smell a rattler, and get the worst end of thet deal!!
I went on a hog hunt on the King ranch one time with a relative. Another guy had paid already and then couldn't go so I got invited for splitting gas money. Anyway, I watched the guides train their bird dogs to leave snakes alone. They put shock collars on a few dogs at a time and turned them out in the yard with a rattler they had caught and de-fanged. Anytime a dog got near the rattler they zapped him. Once they learned to leave it alone they switched dogs. A few sessions of this and they were cured. They said it sure saved lots of good bird dogs.
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:55 PM
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Re: What's your caliber of choice, for coyotes?

If it were about money today this would be it...pick a cal. 243,25-06 or ????

Pick one it will do everything you need to do on a dog


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Old 12-14-2010, 11:11 AM
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I've used lots of calibers to shoot 100's of coyotes over the years. My favorites were the 220 swift and 22-250. Very Very few have gotten away, most of the ones that did............would have even with a bigger caliber(poor shot placement, leg hits). I've taken a fair number of song dogs at 400 to 500 yds with the fast 22's, no problem at all with decent shot placement. I have had a couple get away that were beyond 500 yds, and they were shot with a 6mm and heavy bullets designed for deer size game. Don't know where they were hit, could just tell that they were.

I've shot the barrel out of my old Swift(made in '73) and am currently getting it re done in an Ackley Improved 6X47 Lapua. My other choice was a 22-250 Ackley, but the smith I'm using prefers to work with 6mm's; so I thought I'd give the 6X47 Lapua case a try. Still have and use a highly accurate 22-250 that shoots Bergers great.....knocks coyotes DRT usually and doesn't tear up much fur.
try the 6/250AI reamed with a 6mm Ackley reamer in a 1:9 twist barrel. Will not work with VLD's all that well, but is a killer with 80 thru 95 grain bullets. If you go with the 1:8 twist barrel you can shoot the 105's without any problems
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Old 12-14-2010, 11:39 AM
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Gary, Sorry for the late response. I've been working out of town alot, plus it's hunting season (which I haven't seen much of yet ).

I am zeroed at 200, and using 10.1 moa at 600 yds.

Heading north to the Rudyard on the highline today for a memorial service for my wifes aunt and uncle. Good longrange coyote country. Will be taking the 6.5L , snow camo, and call just incase....
well looking at the weather map last light, all I'm gonna say is I'm jealous!! It was almost thirty degrees warmer out your way and clear!! I'm going dog hunting later this afternoon with my .223. We have a good snow cover, and they've been holed up for the last three days. Had a female fox out behind the house this morning harrassing the local squirrel population (I was encouraging her to get all the little tomato thiefs!!!). The local police chief sent word to me Saturday wondering if I might be interested in shooting a few coyotes on the east edge of town as they're back in force (we killed 17 over there a year ago). And sometime soon I gotta hunt dogs on three farms that raise cattle (they want me there before calving season). Last time I hunted those farms I killed close to a dozen in four outings. If a guy worked at it, I think he could kill well over 60 a year around here. Also have permission to hunt four large farms belonging to relatives that live west of me a ways (Putnam and Morgan county). Everytime I'm over there I see at least a half dozen dogs (many are coydogs), but have never taken the time to hunt those farms.
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Old 12-14-2010, 11:51 AM
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Re: What's your caliber of choice, for coyotes?

Ok Guys,
So how about the difference between a 243, and a 243AI? What is the advantage of the A.I. and what is the difference as far as re loading, I/E different dies for the shoulder/ and or neck? How much more work is the A.I. to re load vs. a standard 243? Again, I have never “fire formed” brass, so this would all be new to me. I am not against buying the tools necessary to do the work, but as of right now, I don’t even own a dial caliper!! My neighbor is a retired engineer, and has built several guns, as well as re barreled old ones. He is a whiz with all of the lengths, and how many thousandths off the lands, and would probably enjoy schooling me on that part, along with helping me with the build. I should ask him for his input on caliber too? Just thought there were sooooo many hunter/shooters on this site, I probably couldn’t go wrong with your input.
Thanks again,
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:41 PM
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Ok Guys,
So how about the difference between a 243, and a 243AI? What is the advantage of the A.I. and what is the difference as far as re loading, I/E different dies for the shoulder/ and or neck? How much more work is the A.I. to re load vs. a standard 243? Again, I have never “fire formed” brass, so this would all be new to me. I am not against buying the tools necessary to do the work, but as of right now, I don’t even own a dial caliper!! My neighbor is a retired engineer, and has built several guns, as well as re barreled old ones. He is a whiz with all of the lengths, and how many thousandths off the lands, and would probably enjoy schooling me on that part, along with helping me with the build. I should ask him for his input on caliber too? Just thought there were sooooo many hunter/shooters on this site, I probably couldn’t go wrong with your input.
Thanks again,
Mike
the .243AI fixes a couple major defects in that case design, but also increases another. The vortex of the flame path ends up in the throat on a regular .243, and causes the barrels to go south in a hurry. But with the 40 degree shoulder angle it brings it back into the neck where it should be (actually the first half of the neck length). It also decreases the brass flow, and increases case life. But then it creates another problem in case shrinkage during fire forming. Usually about .030" in an already too short of a neck length. The best way to fix this is to form your cases out of .257 brass or even 6mm remington. This will restore the longer neck length you need so badly. I've seen several folks run a 6mm Ackley reamer in short to create a .243AI with the 6mm neck length (they both have the same taper per inch and the same basic diameters). For a die you can either shorten a .257AI bushing die or do the same with a 6mmAI die. Then run the reamer in the sleeve on a Forster seater (use a standard .243 sleeve). Sounds like a lot of work, but it's really pretty easy. By going with the longer neck length you will be able to seat the bullets correctly, and also keep the bullets from being seated past the shoulder.
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