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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%
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Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

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Unread 01-26-2011, 03:23 PM
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Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 7
Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

i shot one with a 264 in deer season, heart shot at 85 yards and it took off running like it wasn't hit, then suddenly piled up after 20 yards. A 70 or 75 grain h.p. Bullet works fantastic on eastern dogs in the 40 lb. Weight class.that's average size around south western pa.
I like an instant kill and think the 204 and 223's bullet offerings are too light. With those more often than not you end up watching the yote spinning in circles and biting at the entry wound, i'm with rick paillet, the 243 or 243 ai with 75 grain hollows are perfect.
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Unread 01-26-2011, 04:02 PM
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Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Hampton, NE
Posts: 13
Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

@ Rimrox Either you've never seen a coyote shot with a 223 or only one shot with FMJ rounds or only poor shot placement. Proper bullet selection (ex. V-max or HP or any other bullet designed to shot varmints and small game animals) will kill a coyote dead in its tracks as long as you do your part. Any coyote shot in the back half will spin circles and try to bite at the wound no matter what the caliber! The only coyotes I've ever seen spin circle are ones that are poorly hit. Conclusion USE PROPER BULLET SELECTION AND PROPER SHOT PLACEMENT AND CALIBER DOESN'T MATTER! I will agree that the 243 is wicked on coyotes but don't knock the 223.
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Unread 01-27-2011, 11:12 AM
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Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 37
Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

I use a 218 Bee imp. in a singleshot martini rifle, or a mini-14. for closer range I use either a 22 revolver, or 10/22 or 10/22 mag. I have shot coyotes at long range with my 7mm STW,(but not if you want to save the hide) but I don't consider it a varmint rifle. Anyways was just pointing out that none of your choices are what I use.
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Unread 02-04-2011, 11:33 PM
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Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Mid-Michigan
Posts: 21
Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

How come there isn't a choice for AR15, Bolt and Shotguns?
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Unread 02-04-2011, 11:47 PM
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Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Reno Nevada
Posts: 1,747
Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

I'm opposed to the use of "Fuel air munitions" for a single coyote.
How does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?
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Unread 02-06-2011, 01:50 AM
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Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Montana Plains
Posts: 289
Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

Colt/Spike's/DPMS/??? AR-15 HBAR in .223 Rem with 20" barrel and 9" twist mounting 3-9x40mm Tasco (not Red Chinese) rubber armored scope.

CZ 527 Kevlar Varmint in .223 Rem 24" barrel 9" twist mounting 3.8-12x44mm Weaver 40/44 aspherical AO scope.

CZ 527 Varmint in .204 Ruger 26" barrel 12" twist mounting 4-16x42mm Weaver Classic V AO scope with ballistic reticle.

BSA Lonestar .25 cal PCP air rifle charged to 3400 PSI and mounting a Hawke Nite-Eye 3-12x50mm AO scope with illuminated SR6 ballistic reticle and dual Hawke LED Ray GL2 lights.

CZ 452 in .22LR mounting a 4.5-14x32mm Burris Timberline scope with AO and ballistic reticle.

Jocko the coyote hating dog. He's taken down three deer by himself so far this year in the town park, but I made him let them go. The last one was trying to stomp him, but he kept dodging the hooves until he got a chance to grab the mule deer's throat. He's part Rottweiler, and fairly strong and tough.

Oh yeah.....the air rifle category was clearly left out.....again. You guys are FAR behind the times here compared to Europe and the UK....even South Korea. Crosman just came out with a .357 air rifle with an electronically controlled air valve and ballistic tip ammo made by Nosler. Glad to see a major ammo company like Nosler is finally taking air rifles seriously. Maybe soon we won't have to go to UK, Europe or South Korea for decent hunting air rifles and ammo.

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Unread 02-06-2011, 12:05 PM
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Re: Which guns do you use for predator hunting?

A dog that attacks game animals and you're PROUD of it ? A coyote that's not injured will run a dog, even a pack of dogs into the ground before they will catch it. Just a fact of life, not fantacy.We quickly dispatch dogs that attack /kill game , since the same also attack cattle, sheep, pigs and possibly other humans.

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