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Bolt Action Only 1,504 40.39%
AR-15 Only 186 4.99%
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:10 AM
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Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

Which guns or combinations of guns do you use for predator hunting?
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:31 PM
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Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

I would love to use an AR for coyotes, but I'm too late to legally have one in California, thanks to the misinformed legislators who passed the anti-gun laws covering such firearms as the AR-15 and related so-called "Assault Weapons," which by-the-way seems to be a term that I have yet to see defined.

Instead, I use either a .270 bolt action for coyotes and hogs, or a .22-250 Remington (40X bench-rest single shot), a Cooper .20 VarTarg (Love the rifle for ground squirrels, but haven't tried it for coyotes....yet). 55 grain Noslers or V-Maxes for the .22-250, and 32 grain Noslers for the 20-caliber Cooper. I don't know if the 32 grainers will suffice for coyotes, and may want to step up to 40 grain fodder.

I haven't really paid much attention to shooting dogs with the Cooper because I am so used to the other two rifles, and as such, I haven't loaded any 40 grain bullets for it and have no idea if I should load up some cartridges with 40 grain bullets to be used only for coyotes. I do use the 32 grainers for ground squirrels, however, but only in the Cooper. The .22-250 is really too heavy a caliber for ground squirrels IMO, unless shooting at ranges of several hundred yards. Most of my ground squirrel shots, however, present at far closer ranges, hence the lighter cartridges. All my center fire rifles use my own reloads.
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Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

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I would love to use an AR for coyotes, but I'm too late to legally have one in California, thanks to the misinformed legislators who passed the anti-gun laws covering such firearms as the AR-15 and related so-called "Assault Weapons," which by-the-way seems to be a term that I have yet to see defined.

Instead, I use either a .270 bolt action for coyotes and hogs, or a .22-250 Remington (40X bench-rest single shot), a Cooper .20 VarTarg (Love the rifle for ground squirrels, but haven't tried it for coyotes....yet). 55 grain Noslers or V-Maxes for the .22-250, and 32 grain Noslers for the 20-caliber Cooper. I don't know if the 32 grainers will suffice for coyotes, and may want to step up to 40 grain fodder.

I haven't really paid much attention to shooting dogs with the Cooper because I am so used to the other two rifles, and as such, I haven't loaded any 40 grain bullets for it and have no idea if I should load up some cartridges with 40 grain bullets to be used only for coyotes. I do use the 32 grainers for ground squirrels, however, but only in the Cooper. The .22-250 is really too heavy a caliber for ground squirrels IMO, unless shooting at ranges of several hundred yards. Most of my ground squirrel shots, however, present at far closer ranges, hence the lighter cartridges. All my center fire rifles use my own reloads.
I have used 32 grain V-Max with my Cooper 204 on coyotes and it is deadly.The 204 is more than a gopher gun!!!!

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Old 10-22-2010, 07:52 PM
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Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

We shoot bolt guns in 22-250's or similar, though I use a 270 WSM with a 110TTSX every now and then, it really stomps them. I carry a Ruger single six with the 22mag cylinder in for when you have to defend you position and that works great.
I would love to put together a AR in that 40 Turbo, it would make nice coyote medicine in our country.
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Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

I have shot 'yotes with my 30-30 while deer hunting, but my deliberate varmint hunting rigs are a Czech Mauser in 257 AI and a Remington built 03-A3 in 6mm-250.

I have a friend building me an AR right now so I didn't answer bolt only because I have anything against ARs (or shotguns for that matter) but because I don't have one yet.

When I predator hunt with a friend I try to get him to run the scattergun... just not as much fun to me as a rifle!
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:35 PM
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Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

In Wisconsin, we hunt them with dogs, find a track in the snow and let the hounds loose. I mostly use an Interarms Mark X .22-250 with 40 gr. v-max or my m-70 .243 with a 55 gr. Sierra Blitzking. Once in a while, I will use my .17 hmr. It usually depends on the area we hunt. I prefer the .243.
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Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

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I would love to use an AR for coyotes, but I'm too late to legally have one in California, thanks to the misinformed legislators who passed the anti-gun laws covering such firearms as the AR-15 and related so-called "Assault Weapons," which by-the-way seems to be a term that I have yet to see defined.

Instead, I use either a .270 bolt action for coyotes and hogs, or a .22-250 Remington (40X bench-rest single shot), a Cooper .20 VarTarg (Love the rifle for ground squirrels, but haven't tried it for coyotes....yet). 55 grain Noslers or V-Maxes for the .22-250, and 32 grain Noslers for the 20-caliber Cooper. I don't know if the 32 grainers will suffice for coyotes, and may want to step up to 40 grain fodder.

I haven't really paid much attention to shooting dogs with the Cooper because I am so used to the other two rifles, and as such, I haven't loaded any 40 grain bullets for it and have no idea if I should load up some cartridges with 40 grain bullets to be used only for coyotes. I do use the 32 grainers for ground squirrels, however, but only in the Cooper. The .22-250 is really too heavy a caliber for ground squirrels IMO, unless shooting at ranges of several hundred yards. Most of my ground squirrel shots, however, present at far closer ranges, hence the lighter cartridges. All my center fire rifles use my own reloads.
Hay brother I have a pre ban Colt ar lower I am looking to sell that will get you in the AR game legal in CA
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