Re: The Perfect Coyote Rifle
My safe is proof I can get a little goofy about having the right tool at hand for any job!
Using the competition rules as guidelines I think you're really close to "perfect". Your rifle/scope combo gives high percentage opportunities on the shots we really should make, and give us a fighting chance at the ones we like to think we can make.
It could be my age, but even knowing the AR is successfully used in some tough spots I still have more confidence in a bolt gun. If we consider we'll likely never be charged by packs of starving coyotes, and like other sports if we execute well on the plays we are supposed to make, end of the day/week/season we will likely put more fur in the truck.
I believe the suppressor will get you a few more dogs. Even if it just preserves a bit of hearing and allows you to play closer to civilization, I'm thinking well worth it.
If we were to count them I doubt the score goes up one dog, but I think having an 8 or 9 twist opens up a few possibilities to play with bullets, without negative effect. I'd be curious to hear comments by LRH folks regarding the 7 twist Berger is recommending for one of their bullets. A lot of fun, but again over specialized to help much in competition.
Well thought out, applied, and written. Thanks.