Last Stands of the Season

Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by BigMo, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. BigMo

    BigMo Active Member

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    Made it out Saturday and did some calling.
    My partner and I had agreed this would be our last weekend
    calling until next fall so we made a full day of it.
    Fourteen stands later this is what we had to show for our
    effort.
    We also called in one more Bobcat, two more Coyotes, and another
    Grey Fox. You can't shoot them all .........[​IMG]

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  2. heathbaker

    heathbaker Active Member

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    Another nice job my friend. Sweet looking rifle, what kind is it / caliber do ya shoot?
     

  3. BigMo

    BigMo Active Member

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    Thanks
    It's the Texoma Thumper...... a Mike Bryant Custom
    22-243 built with a Stiller Predator action a Lilja barrel
    Jewell trigger Wyatt bottom metal and a McMillan stock.
     
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  4. tt35

    tt35 Well-Known Member

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    Great job, Mo! A couple of those look pretty decent yet but I too am giving them their break. What bullet are you shooting in your 22-243? Looks like pretty good perrformance on fur or you're just making the photos civil. ;)

    A friend of mine just called last night and said he'd averaged $675 on his three 'cats. Hope you do well with yours.
     
  5. BigMo

    BigMo Active Member

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    675 WOW I only wish ...... SW cats are good looking but not nearly as heavy
    furred as those of the North.
    They still bring a fair sum and make it worth while but it'll take 10 around here
    to get near 675.

    My rifle really likes the Seirra 65gr Game King bullet and surprizingly enough
    it has proven to be a nearly perfect performer. This load uses H-414 and it flattens
    primers consistantly ( Sorry no Chrono ) I would expect 3900+ FPS.
    On nearly 2 dozen animals including a Grey Fox it performed with single
    entrance no exit. Most of my shots were from 75 to 300 yards.
    One bad cat shot fairly close with driver error hit the off side shoulder bone
    and caused a bad exit. I have only had this rifle 2 seasons now and having
    shot predators for 35 years with lots of calibers ( 22-250 my favorite ) I am
    really liking what I see.
    Flat flat flat and DRT performance...... Works great........ I may be in love !

    Down side they say is barrel life. My thinking on that is I have fired it between
    250 and 300 times now, thats load development, sight in, practice, scope
    test, and hunting...... everything. This year I fired 10-15 rounds to check zero
    and build confidence in my ability to hit with the rifle then I shot it only
    on live animals less than 35 times. So lets say 50 shots a year, if it is dead
    at 700 rounds then I can use it for the next 8 years. By then I 'll want another
    barrel.....just my crooked redneck logic.
     
  6. tt35

    tt35 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I sold three 'cats myself for $250 a few weeks ago but the market was coming up then. I was still surprised to hear they brought that much but I know this guy well and he wouldn't exaggerate. One of the 'cats was absolutely huge though. It measured 47" I think.

    I'm with you on the barrel life issue. It'd be a different story on prairie dogs or our sage rats. We could toast that thing in a good day! Sure a nice looking rifle. What do the coyotes weigh in your area?
     
  7. BigMo

    BigMo Active Member

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    Coyotes in my area run 28-35 lbs on average. Anything over 37 lbs is heavy
    with an occasional yote in the 42-45 lbs.

    Older picture but the coyote in the middle was 42-43 lbs.
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  8. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Nice job, great pictures.