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View Poll Results: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?
Bolt Action Only 1,625 40.07%
AR-15 Only 194 4.78%
Shotgun Only 19 0.47%
Bolt and Shotgun 656 16.18%
AR-15 and Shotgun 188 4.64%
Both AR-15 and Bolt 1,373 33.86%
Voters: 4055. You may not vote on this poll


Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

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Unread 12-15-2010, 08:09 PM
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Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

12 gauge,
and the newest member of the family,

Remington 700 243. win. Currently working up loads. Shooting factory 80 grain soft point while trying to work up the 75 grain and 87 grain vmax
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Unread 12-20-2010, 06:04 PM
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Posts: 295
Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

Mostly my custom 243 w/thumbhole stock and 20" bull barrel with 75gr V-max

If I think bobcat or fox are likely I use my 22 mag for close sets or my 223 with the cheap ultramax 50gr ammo. It only gets a MV of 2700 in my 20" barrel and is easier on pelts than a hot load. It still does the job well out to 200yds, and I have the clicks memorized to set it back to my normal load.

In tight quarters (cedar draws on windy days) I use my 870 turkey gun with 8 shot extension and Dead coyote choke & shells. If my girlfriend goes along she carries this gun and sits in the ravine I expect them to come up and I sit and call from up higher with the rifle.
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Unread 12-21-2010, 09:16 AM
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Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

I think the AR folks have done a good job in legitimizing that type of firearm as a sporting tool. If I had one I would use it, but don't see myself owning one. Here in Oregon coyote pelts have no value ( wrong kind of coyote ). So as strange as it sounds I find them a good opportunity to keep in practice with my Elephant rifles. lol ridiculously true and fun.
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Unread 12-23-2010, 03:18 PM
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Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

When Barnes came out with the VG I put down the Rem 600 .222 and switched to a Tikka T3 lite SS in .243 with 62gr. varmint grenade. A very fast cycling rifle. I use a max of 9x magnification (singles) and dial down to 4x on 2+ dogs for fast target acquisition on running dogs. Smoked a double last week before my partner could even get off a shot. .243 really puts them down and the bullet (VG) rarely does pelt damage.
I recently used a bushy AR but it was heavy and uncomfortable to sling. my partner kept getting hit with the brass. He is LH and I am RH.

Not sure if any of you in SE WYO. have been having this problem but the yotes seem really shy this year. I am guessing that overpopulation has shrunk their territories and that they are less willing to travel far to a call?? Have had many hit the brakes at 600+ yds and just mill around. It is bizarre.?????????

You California guys can't buy AR's now???? When did that happen????I don't keep up with the news.

yotes are 9$ apiece here. whoohoo!!
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Unread 12-25-2010, 01:19 PM
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Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

There should have been a "Bolt, AR-15 & Shotgun" voting button.

I have 4 bolt rifles, 2 AR-15s and a shotgun that I call coyotes with. i use the shotgun more than I do the rifles.

AR-15s in California are perfectly legal to buy if they have a 10 round or less magazine and a Bullet Button on them.

Bowrock Ohbomba sold thousands of AR-15 lowers in California right after he was elected for President.
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Unread 12-28-2010, 10:42 PM
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Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Torrington, WY
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Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

I agree, should have been a "AR, Bolt, Shot gun" option, however I also shoot an H/R in 204 at yotes quite a bit. I have a DPMS in 223 with a Harris S series bi-pod that works well for moving yotes. 22-250 in a Rem 700 VTR, 243 in a Savage 99, 17 HMR in a Marlin, and a 25-06 in a Ruger 77 that all work great for yotes. Have also used 300 Win mag and 338 Win mag when they were what I was holding. Kind of like a woman in her shoe closet, you go in there and look around and wonder which gun should I take. As for the yotes in my part of SE Wyo, pretty much every one I have shot in the last few years were at various stages of soon to die from mange. Last one was standing 30 feet watching 3 prarie dogs play. He was too sore to move much so wasn't even trying to be stealthy, he was just standing there watching him. 204'ed him so he didn't have to go through the next days snowstorm.
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Unread 12-29-2010, 05:10 PM
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Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

I know this is a LONG RANGE site, however I vote " NONE OF THE ABOVE". I use CROSSBOW ONLY for any hunt. NOT
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