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#496042 - 08/15/06 05:10 PM Coyote guns
NM Leon Offline
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Registered: 02/05/05
Posts: 10335
Loc: AZ, NM, TX
For my own nefarious purposes, I'd like to ask you guys to participate in a little survey.


I'd like to know what rifle (not shotgun) you guys actually use the most for coyote hunting. I know many of us use different guns for different circumstances (or just because) but I'm looking for the one you take into the field the most often for coyotes.

Please give the brand, caliber, whether it's got a bull barrel, and how heavy it is (if you know).


What would your "dream gun" be if you had an extra $1000-$1300 dollars to "blow" on a coyote specific rig. Again, please be specific.


What kind of country do you hunt in the most? Open, brushy, heavy timber? East, midwest, west?

Thanks for participating.


Edited by nmleon (08/15/06 06:03 PM)

#496043 - 08/15/06 05:23 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
burris Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 08/12/02
Posts: 756
Loc: San Antonio
1. Day: Remington 700 VLS bull barrel (very heavy @10lbs) in .243 w/ Ziess Conquest 6-20X50

Night: Bushmaster V-Match, 20" .223 w/ Burris Fullfield II 3-9X40 illuminated rectial.

2. Custom AR in .243WSSM or 25-06WSSM

3. Mainly open brush country of South Texas

Edited by burris (08/15/06 05:25 PM)

#496044 - 08/15/06 05:34 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
TonyTebbe Offline
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Registered: 10/31/03
Posts: 18681
Loc: Lovington, NM
Good post Leon.

1) I put together a "go-to" rifle that fits "my style" of calling. It's a TC Contender carbine with a custom (thicker walled, but not bull) barrel in .223 Ackley Improved. It's topped with a Leupold. I wanted something lightweight, easy to swing on a running coyote, and flat accurate. I'll never go back to a long gun as my calling rifle, after this.

2) The same rifle I mentioned, but with a thumbhole stock.

3) I call in all types of terrain. Open field, rolling prarie, wooded, hills, high sage, etc... Quite a few states. Shots are rarely over 100 yards, most are around 40-50 yards.

Loving my Kids, Loving my Woman, Loving my Dogs, Loving my Job..........Loving my Life!

Tony Tebbe

#496045 - 08/15/06 05:41 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: TonyTebbe]
soreloser Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 04/02/06
Posts: 2427
Loc: On Stand
1. Howa M1500 Thumbhole Varm. Supreme in 22-250, laminated blue. Heavy Bull Barrel. Burris Sig Select 4X16X44.

2. I would have one custom made in something small like .204 or .17rem, with a thumbhole stock, big fat forend and the fattest fluted barrel I could get. The stock would be camo laminated wood, and have a rem 700 action.

3. I hunt the So. Cal Deserts. so I like 'em fast and flat.

#496046 - 08/15/06 05:54 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
I.O.N.Doyle Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 10/12/04
Posts: 1378
Loc: Southwest Idaho
1) Ruger 77 mark II in .223 Rem standard barrel. Not sure how heavy it is but would guess around 10 lbs with scope and hardware.

2) With two young children at home and one still in diapers a Handi-Rifle qualifies as a Dream Gun. Not sure how much they are running right now but I would like to get a Weatherby Mark V. Never had one but have always wanted one. Would look at .257 Weatherby Mag and why not I don't save the fur anyway.

3) Hunting is done in Southern Idaho, Eastern Oregon, and Northern Nevada. Sagebrush to Juniper with it all being rocky and semi canyonlands. Would qualify as "Open" country from a photo but sitting there the shots allowed that I normally have are close in.

#496047 - 08/15/06 06:17 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: soreloser]
Boone1966 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 07/12/06
Posts: 155
Loc: Hooker ok
I do all my coyote hunting with my son who shoots a bushmaster v match 20inch Hbar with a sightron 6x24 shooting 60gr sierra varminters or 60gr vmax. My go to has been my remington 700 in 22-243 hart barrel leupold 6x20 shooting 80gr sierra match BTHP until this last spring I bought a bushmaster predator with a nikon 6x20 manarch on it. I have been shooting the same loads as son and I will be shooting the bushmaster this fall until I have one hang up out there at 400yrds and am unable to hit him them I will go back to the remington and probably still need to make excuses.I really enjoy shooting the ARs,they are alot of fun. My fingers are aways sore from trimming all that brass.

#496048 - 08/15/06 06:25 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
Weasel-UT Offline
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Registered: 02/04/04
Posts: 20007
Loc: S.W. Utah
1 - TC Encore, 22-250, 26" Bull Barrel.
2 - 20" fluted, heavy barrel, flat top AR.
3 - Brushy

#496049 - 08/15/06 06:46 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Boone1966]
clayman90 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 02/23/04
Posts: 1449
Loc: The Show-Me State
1. AR15-Olympic Arms SUM 20" upper 1-10" twist sitting on top of a Superior Brand lower with CMC trigger and RR lower parts kit with a Burris 4.5x14 FFII B-Plex. Weight is 12 pounds with a sling and 10 round mag full of 223's with 53gr. Sierra HP match reloads that I came up with.

2. Already got it, #1. Would like to send it to Dtech and have it fluted and a porting job of his done on it.

3. Northeast Missouri. Everything from large rowcrop fields with shots as far as you can see, i.e. .25-.5 miles, to brushy woodlots that you can't shoot more than 50 yards and everything in between. Large riverbottoms to "hills and hollers" just depends on which section your in. Most of my calling is around pastures and smaller farmland. 300 yards would cover most areas with a lot of 50-100 yard sightings.
Hunt 'til it hurts!!!

#496050 - 08/15/06 07:07 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: clayman90]
BuzzBee Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 06/27/06
Posts: 681
Loc: Rocky Mountain
1. .257 Roberts AI, build on Remington 700, McMillan BR stock, 3X12x56mm Docter Optics.

2. 6x47 Lapua build on a custom bolt action

3. High prairies & the rocky mountains

#496051 - 08/15/06 07:23 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Boone1966]
BillyTheKidd Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 10/28/04
Posts: 2031
Loc: Walker Lake Nevada.
At this time in my predator hunting career I've been shooting a Winchester Mod 70 Stealth in 223WSSM with a Weaver 3x9x50. It weighs in at about 11 lbs.

Hummm, a dream predator hunting rifle? I think I'd have to go with a Dakota Arms Predator Varmint rifle in 220 swift AI topped with a 3x9x50 Leupold.

I hunt mostly Hills, high desert sage brush country, canyon country and even the mountians of California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.

I also hunt day and night where legal.
Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.
Eleanor Roosevelt

"If you don't care where you're at, you'll never be lost"

#496052 - 08/15/06 07:37 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: BillyTheKidd]
Noel Brandon Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 03/17/03
Posts: 198
Loc: Renton WA
1. Bushmaster Varminter, Bushnell elite 3200 5x15x42

2. I'm using my dream gun.

3. I hunt mostly open country, with a mix of sage, grass land, and coulees.
Call em in... lay em down.

#496053 - 08/15/06 07:42 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: BillyTheKidd]
silencerS8 Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 01/27/05
Posts: 892
Loc: Northeast PA
1. 340 Savage 222 normal barrel with 3x9x50 is my go-to gun and is very heavy imo.

2. I'd love to jump on the black gun band wagon, a Bushy or AR perhaps but they're not legal to hunt with here so I'd get me a Savage 12BVSS in .223 with a 3x9x50 Leupold.

3. A mixture, heavy timer, brushy, farmland

Cool topic, I use shotgun only at night.

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#496054 - 08/15/06 07:47 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Noel Brandon]
Whiskers Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 07/05/06
Posts: 661
Loc: NE South Dakota
1. Browning Micro Hunter left hand 243. Topped with a Leupold VX-1 3-9X40. Pencil barrel, gun only weighs in at about 5.5-6 pounds.

2. Take down 223 with a silencer.

3. I hunt in the midwest with rolling hills that are just grass and small brush patches. Sometimes I look over some coolies(SP).
Savage 14 left hand .243
Savage 12FLV .223
Marlin 60SS .22
CZ 455 .22
Winchester Model 1300 SP 12 guage

#496055 - 08/15/06 07:58 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: silencerS8]
RagnCajn Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 03/03/05
Posts: 5685
Loc: Shreveport, LA
1.Mine changes with the wind, literally, The two I grab the most are a 17 rem Classic model 700. has a 4.5 - 14 Leupold. weighs in at around 7-8 lbs. If I am going out the door and the wind is blowing I will take my swift. A ruger 77 VS with a 6-24. 55 grain BT. It weighs in around 12-14 lbs.

2.Dream rifle- Rem 700 Sporter in 22-250 AI. 6-24 Leupold.
I have a 22-250 AI now but is a heavy weight.

3.I hunt cut crop fields in the river bottom. I can see most coming from a long ways and try to stop them at around the 100 yd mark. Less chance of them spooking.

#496056 - 08/15/06 08:21 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: RagnCajn]
rainshadow1 Offline
Custom Call Maker

Registered: 12/22/05
Posts: 4819
Loc: NW Washington State
1. TC Contender .222 21" Bull Carbine / Leupold M8 2-7.

2. Weatherby Vanguard Synthetic 25-06 / Swarovski x-12.

3. Heavy timber or heavy brush clearcuts.

#496057 - 08/15/06 08:41 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: rainshadow1]
coyotesmoke Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 699
Loc: Brownwood, Tx
1. I mainly hunt with my 243AI built on a Rem 700 SA. It has a 25" #7 contour Shilen select match 12 twist, HS detachable mag 4&10rd, Mcmillan A3 and Leupold 4.5-14x50 illuminated mildot.
2. I am shooting it right now. It was the first custom rifle I had put together and no matter what I have built I always grab the 243AI when I head out the door.
3. Central Texas, mainly open fields surrounded by heavy brush.
I had to go back and post a pick of my baby.

Edited by coyotesmoke (08/16/06 02:25 AM)
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#496058 - 08/15/06 08:47 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: rainshadow1]
Displayed Name Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 09/05/04
Posts: 2099
Loc: P.E.I., Canada
1. Savage 12 FV .22-250, 6-24X Bushnell Elite 4200, 55 gr BT's

2. Anything made by Bansner's or an accurized ranch rifle because we can't hunt with the black rifles in Canada

3. Open farm land next to small blocks of bush, beach coastline (coyote + red fox)
Thick bush in Northern Ontario ( Wolf)

#496059 - 08/15/06 08:50 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: coyotesmoke]
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 11/16/04
Posts: 1161
Loc: Comanche OK
1. Rock River 16" CAR A4 flattop with an ACE stock - has a JP single stage trigger that breaks at a hair under 3lbs. Loopy 3x9 sits on top....

2. the above for now....

3. Oklahoma - creekbottons to grass plains.
Killin coyotes is not chess its checkers…..don’t over think it.

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#496060 - 08/15/06 09:16 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: CAT DADDY COLD]
race4hills Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 08/12/06
Posts: 318

1. Ruger 77R 22-250 sporter barrel with 3x9 redfield scope

2. Rem 700 sporter 6mm AI with 4x12 Nikon

3. Colorado high county ranches, edges of trees looking in to open parks or out in the sagebrush.

#496061 - 08/15/06 09:31 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
picksbigwagon Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 08/30/05
Posts: 256
Loc: Prior Lake, MN
1. Olympic Arms K8 1:9 twist, Burris fullfield 2 3-9x40 ballistic plex. 20" bull barrel, absolutely loves american eagle 50 grain HP's....

2. I have spent enough on the above rifle to think about buying another one.... However, I wouldn't mind 25 WSSM upper from Dtech......

3. upper midwest: woods, farm fields, ridges and valley's, public mostly, but hitting the road soon to meet some land owners face to face

#496062 - 08/15/06 09:45 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: BillyTheKidd]
Sidewinder Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/09/02
Posts: 253
Loc: Washington
1. CZ 527 American in 223. About 7 1/2 pounds with the scope.
2. Remington 6mm AI or 243 AI in a 7-8 pound rifle, shotgun type safety with a synthetic or laminate stock and a nice adjustable trigger.I want a carry rifle.
3. Open to brushy country.

#496063 - 08/15/06 10:03 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
Cross J Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 02/17/04
Posts: 665
Loc: Oklahoma
1) Winchester M70 classic featherweight in 22-250, Burris ff2 3x9x40 bplx

2)Dream rifle at this very moment is a tie between A Rem. 700 'classic' in 220 swift with a leupy vxIII 3.5x10x40..OR a 22 hornet(looking at CZ) with a variable scope with 6x being max and 40mm to 42mm being the size of the objective.

3) Like Cat Daddy said, Oklahoma, anything from creek bottoms to wide open prairie.

#496064 - 08/15/06 10:19 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
bowhunt32 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 11/01/05
Posts: 2089
Loc: Oregon
1. 20" flat top AR I built myself. Mega lower, RRA NM 2 Stage trigger, upper from del-ton.com, burris 3-9x40 ffII.

2. Pretty happy with the above mentioned AR, but would someday like a 243 AI, in at this point in a undecided bolt gun.

3. Eastern Oregon, open county, crp, and ag ground.

#496065 - 08/15/06 10:28 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
cmiddleton Offline
PM senior

Registered: 01/11/02
Posts: 5079
Loc: Mills Wy USA
remington 788 243 extra fancy walnut rosewood cap and grip but i've packed it so many miles the finnish is gone.
she has killed alot of coyotes and it shows.
i need to barrow my sons 700 243 and take her down and refinish her.
if i ever ware her out the next will be stainless with a composite stock.
.“The fundamental force behind the Second Amendment is to empower the people and give them the greatest measure of authority over the tyranny of runaway government.”

#496066 - 08/15/06 10:38 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
boogercounty Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 02/03/02
Posts: 328
Loc: southern Mo.
#1.... I use, about equally, my Savage 10FLP Tactical in .223,... or my Savage 111FL in .250 Savage. The .223 gets the job done on the longer shots when I call fields. I shoot 52gr Sierra match (moly-coated) at 3500+ FPS. This rifle has a bull barrel, is topped with a Redfield 4x-16x 44mm AO scope, and weighs in at 11 1/2 pounds, loaded. The .250 is topped with a Weaver 2.5x-7x, and weighs in at 7 1/2 pounds. It is my shorter-range-situation (brushy) rifle. I shoot 75gr Sierra HP's at 3320FPS.

#2.... My dream coyote rifle would be a Bushmaster Varminter, in .223 or 6x45. If I could get it in a true Left-Hand version, it would be even better. I would top it with a 4x-12x Leo. My son has a Bushy Varminter .223 that regularly shoots sub-1/2-MOA groups.

#3.... Most of my hunting/calling is around fields, when the conditions are right. About 1/3 of my calling is grown-up clearcuts.

Edited by boogercounty (08/23/06 10:57 PM)
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#496067 - 08/15/06 11:29 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: boogercounty]
Ducksoup Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 11/20/03
Posts: 1410
Loc: Tacoma, Washington
#1 I use 4 different ones, which one goes depends on my mood, but the one that goes most often is a Tikka T3 in 22-250 shooting Sierra 55 grain soft points.

#2 Dream gun would be a custom .243AI built on a 700 action and using a Shilen select match SS barrel in a McMillen stock. Yes, I've thought a lot about this rifle! Might be my next project?

#3 hunt mostly open desert/sagebrush areas and surrounding agricultural lands in eastern Washington

#496068 - 08/16/06 12:00 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Ducksoup]
crapshoot Offline
Retired PM Staff

Registered: 03/22/02
Posts: 21213
Loc: Henderson,Nevada,USA
#1 Any gun in the safe. rem 221, AR 16" BB, Ruger 25-06, Win Model 79 338 winmag.

#2 My dream gun?

#3 Mostly semi open desert.
I carry a gun because a cop is to heavy.

Average response time for a 911 call is 10 min.
Average response time for a .45acp is 900FPS.

Remember, if you're not pissing off a liberal......You are one!
Ted Nugent

#496069 - 08/16/06 12:00 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
instantdeath Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 08/14/06
Posts: 55
1. I use a marlin model 25m .22 magnum with remington 33 gr premier v-maxx. Topped with a BSA Catseye 3-10x44 illuminated reticle scope which I got at the Walmart on Clearence for 61.00
2. I am raising a young boy so all my extra funds go to things for him but I would love to have a 22.250.
3. I mainly am hunting in hilly wooded areas. some open fields but they are fairly small so a .22 magnum covers them fairly well.

#496070 - 08/16/06 12:56 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: instantdeath]
Todd Woodall Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 02/07/03
Posts: 1209
Loc: Sunset, America
Probably this one! Since we did help spec it out I would say it is my dream gun. With the EOP option instead of flat top of course.

We hunt alot of different terrain, but seems like no matter what our shots fall under 100, usually under 50.


#496071 - 08/16/06 02:22 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Todd Woodall]
Grandpa Fudge Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 02/23/03
Posts: 1312
Loc: Arkansas
#1 bdl bull brl. 4x12 leo. 10 lb.? back up 788 222. 3x9 bush. #2 would be the dark side in 223. i hunt the west mostly at night but will hunt in the daylight!! billy! what happened to the swift?? or am i wrong??

#496072 - 08/16/06 02:23 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Grandpa Fudge]
Grandpa Fudge Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 02/23/03
Posts: 1312
Loc: Arkansas
bdl in 243!! sorry

#496073 - 08/16/06 11:33 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
coffee437 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/28/05
Posts: 493
Loc: McAlester,Ok
1. Rem 700 ADL in 22-250, Pentax Pioneer 3-9 on top shooting 45 gr Winchester USA HP's (in my Avitar)

2. Just built it this spring, 20" E.R. Shaw Varmit upper fluted bull barrel in chrome moly, DPMS lower, 6 position stock (lays in the truck seat better than fixed stock) Ergo Sure Grip and single stage trigger (about 4 lbs)topped with Pentax Pioneer also, shooting 55gr Ultramax SP's

3. Mostly edges of fields along brushy creek bottoms and timerlines, thats about all we have in S.E. Oklahoma.

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#496074 - 08/16/06 01:00 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
7wsmsav4yotes Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 02/13/06
Posts: 1319
i use my savage model 10 in 7mm wsm with 120 gr barnes tsx. it has a 3.5-10x50 burris FF2.

i would like to get an AR in 243 wssm.

i hunt anywhere form really thick stuff, to open desert, to canyons, to rolling hills, pretty much anything i can hunt on. but my favorite is hunting up in the mountains and having yotes come in on old loggin roads!
Jake Bilyeu. thanks for your time.

#496075 - 08/16/06 01:35 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
t/c223encore Offline
Die Hard Member with a vengeance

Registered: 11/18/04
Posts: 4496
Loc: N.E. California
1. T/C Encore, 24 inch standard 223 barrel, 4-12x40 Bushnell, Bsquare Roto-Tilt 9-13 inch bipod, Fishin scale says 9lbs 14ozs.

2.Custom Flat top AR in 223 (if I didn't live in Cali)

3. Pine covered mountains, Brushy country and wide open spaces.


#496076 - 08/16/06 02:52 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: t/c223encore]
street Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 10/24/02
Posts: 126
Loc: wilson, texas
model 70 243

#496077 - 08/16/06 04:19 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: street]
wheelerphoto Offline
New Member

Registered: 08/15/06
Posts: 3
Loc: Harrison, Arkansas
Just today got my Remington 700 VSF in .223. This will probably be my go-to gun. Maybe I can add pics later

I also often shoot a Colt AR.
Glenn Wheeler

#496078 - 08/16/06 04:22 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: wheelerphoto]
wheelerphoto Offline
New Member

Registered: 08/15/06
Posts: 3
Loc: Harrison, Arkansas
Forgot, that VSF will be topped with an Alpen 6-24X50. Not sure of the load I'll shoot yet.

Hunt all types of terrain in several states. Here at home we find ourselves both in pretty open country (large pastures, etc) and tight quarters in brushy stuff.
Glenn Wheeler

#496079 - 08/16/06 06:33 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
Bloodhound Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 01/23/05
Posts: 952
Loc: Colorado
Savage 340
Cal 30-30 125 Grain Spitzers hand loads
Weaver K-6 fixed power
Western Colorado
Brushy and some timber...shots are 50 yards to 200 Yards.

Winchester Model 70 Varment/Bull Barrel
Cal .225 Winchester
Redfield 6-18x40 (Denver made)

If I would quit playing with my other toys...I could buy one, and be a happy camper.

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#496080 - 08/16/06 07:27 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
supermag Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 08/05/06
Posts: 327
Loc: NE
1. 308 Win. Remington Model 700 SS w/ 3-9 Leupold sporter (getting a VSSF II in 204 so we'll see if the 308 still is the favorite for song dogs).

2. Dream: Model 700 in 22-243 or 25-06 full custom camo.
(would fill in nicely between 204 and 308)

3. Eastern WY, Eastern CO, and NE (all)
The 204 Ruger: Because speed kills!!!

#496081 - 08/16/06 07:43 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
jimanaz Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/30/05
Posts: 1941
Loc: Phx, AZ
First...Bushmaster Varminter, Leupold 4.5X14X50 LR with varmint reticle on an Armalite 1 piece mount, Butler Creek caps, Enidine hydraulic buffer, Young Machine chrome bolt and carrier with an IBD Sling System tactical packed in a Pelican case. Dunno wieght for sure, guessing appx. 10 lbs.

Second... See above

Third... Mostly open, but some of each. Southwest.

Edited by jimanaz (08/16/06 07:59 PM)
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#496082 - 08/16/06 07:51 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: jimanaz]
Song Dog Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 05/10/01
Posts: 1476
Loc: Palmyra, IL USA
WOW! I can't believe I have missed this opportunity to show off my TOOLS. Since I made it here is my baby.
RRA 20" A4 (Darn near the same as Jeff and Todds)

I hunt in all kinds of terrain here in Illinois.

My dream gun, hummm. Off the top of my head it would be another RRA AR in a bigger caliber like a 243 or even the 22-250 if ever available

God Bless,

Song Dog

Edited by Song Dog (08/16/06 08:17 PM)
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#496083 - 08/16/06 08:20 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
Rooster_Feather Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 10/04/05
Posts: 459
Loc: North Central Oklahoma
#1. Encore .223, heavy barrell, with a Leupold Vari-X II 3x9

#2 Steve Criners "Viper" (really don't know what I would pick, but Danny (LazyD) sure did build a nice one)


#3 Semi-brushy to open, however my idea of "open" is visiblity of 1/4 mile. He would have to go up & down and through a lot of draws even coming in a straight line!


Edited by Rooster_Feather (08/16/06 08:22 PM)
"No, I'm not a good shot, but I shoot often."

Teddy Roosevelt

#496084 - 08/16/06 09:33 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Rooster_Feather]
canislatrans54 Offline
Custom Call Maker

Registered: 02/13/06
Posts: 11345
Loc: Salina, Kansas
Stevens #200; 223; w/cheap Simmons 3-9x50

Either a Browning BAR 243, a RR similar to Pred. Pursuit's or a Bushmaster.
{Sorry, not familiar enough yet to know models. But y'all have started seriously steering me towards the "dark side".}

Terrain: Midwest {N.C.Ks.}
Mostly open, hilly pastures. Some brush, creeks & plum bushes mixed in them @ times.
Will Horting
NCK Predator Calls
"Calls proven in North-Central Kansas"
Howlers made from Cow horns, Deer Antler or Elk Antler

#496085 - 08/16/06 11:35 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: canislatrans54]
Engine6 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/21/03
Posts: 422
Loc: Idaho
1. Circa 1950s M70 in .243 Win.
2. Same in 220 Swift.
3. Sage

#496086 - 08/17/06 01:24 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Engine6]
Dave Allen Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 08/28/04
Posts: 1891
Loc: SouthWest Idaho
1.remmy 700 in 223
2. my daughter needs braces this year i'm starting to worry about college a dream gun is a little tough to fathom at this point..maybe a 17 rem probably a 700 with a vx-111 1.75-6 to sit on top..there how's that about $1050-$1100 out the door scoped up !!
3. open sage country.

#496087 - 08/17/06 01:09 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: jimanaz]
Rifleman2 Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 06/06/06
Posts: 527
Loc: IL Rock Island County
I have have kept it simple-- Savage VF 22-250 with a 4-12 scope-- this lets me reach out to 350-400 Yds and just bang-flops them. It is extremly accurate and carries enough knock-down power to make short work of them. Some complain of the weight but I think it helps stablize the long shots which are almost always off shooting sticks. Rifleman2

#496088 - 08/17/06 08:21 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Rifleman2]
aulrich Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 02/25/05
Posts: 124
Loc: Calgary
1. Handi 204 ruger
2. My dream gun is for PD's
3. Bald [beeep] prairie, river bottoms, coulee country and foothills

#496089 - 08/18/06 10:10 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: jimanaz]
FALFire Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 01/08/02
Posts: 3246
Loc: usa
Recently I have been using my 16" barreled AR15 in 300 Fireball. I'm still working on getting 110gr and 125 gr loads dialed in but it has the makin's of a fine coyote getter. Short, lightweight, fast follow-up shots and 30 caliber holes. Setup with an IOR 4X scope.

Second choice at this time is my AR15 in 6X45, just another kick butt round with an Elcan 4X sight.

Dream gun....Not sure really. Very happy so far with my current supply.
Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he's too old to fight, he'll just kill you.

#496090 - 08/18/06 07:30 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: FALFire]
coyote6974 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 06/12/03
Posts: 1576
Loc: Indiana
1. My go to coyote rifle is a Remington 700 BDL in .243. I've restocked it with a factory satin finished CDL stock and topped it with a Leupold VXIII 4.5-14x40 scope.
2. My dream rifle is a Dakota Arms custom in .243 Winchester, finely engraved, with a bit of gold inlay, and stocked with a beautiful hand checkered english walnut stock.
3. My hunting terain is open agrucultural land mixed with small woodlots and open drainage ditches and creek bottoms. I get shots from 20 yards to over 500.

Good hunting y'all.. Coyote 6974

#496091 - 08/18/06 11:49 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
HornDogHowler Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 04/23/06
Posts: 258
Loc: Peyton, CO
Bushmaster Predator
see specs:
Bushmaster Predator

#496092 - 08/18/06 11:49 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: coyote6974]
purdygood Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 09/24/01
Posts: 1277
Loc: Foster,Oklahoma
I have a couple of shooting irons but my favorite this up coming season I think I will tote my Savage 12BVSS-S in .220 swift

and when I give out toting the Savage I'll go to mt Remington 788 .243
Get R Done

#496093 - 08/19/06 07:22 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: purdygood]
BlueDuck Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 11/18/05
Posts: 678
Loc: Hayden, Idaho
Rem. 700 in 22-250 and a Savage 24 in .223/12.
Timber and brush to some open country once in a while.

#496094 - 08/19/06 07:25 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: purdygood]
bullpup44 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 02/06/06
Posts: 266
Loc: NE Colorado
1. The one I carry the most this year(just got it this summer) will be my savage 12fvss in .22-250. It weights in at right around 10lbs with a a Weaver Grand Slam 6-20 scope.

2. My dream rifle would have to be a mint condition Rem. 788 in .243(just like yours purdygood) or a Savage 99c in .243. Probably with a Burris 4.5-14 scope.
3. I hunt wide open spaces, CRP, and sage flats in Northeastern Colorado.
Although the constant shadow of certain death looms over every day, the pleasures and joys of life can be so fine and deeply affecting that the heart is nearly stilled by astonishment.
-Dean Koontz, "The Watchers"

#496095 - 08/19/06 08:48 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: bullpup44]
beagler Offline
PM senior

Registered: 12/22/02
Posts: 8781
Loc: lackawanna county,PA
Are those red satin sheets you sleep under?
I have a Savage model 12FV as well.
never misses

#496096 - 08/20/06 12:58 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
todbartell Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 07/10/01
Posts: 604
Loc: BC, Canada
1st : Remington 700 LVSF in 223 Remington. 22" stainless fluted 1:12 twist barrel, B&C fiberglass stock, Talley lightweight rings, Leupold VXII 3-9x40mm w/ LR duplex & Stoney Point elevation turret. About 7.5 lbs scoped I think. I shoot Nosler 55 gr Ballistic Tips over Benchmark powder, MV is 3240 fps. Kills well, but only three times last year (first 3 kills with 223 ever!)

2nd : something similar to what I have, but a blueprinted action, probably in 223 Ackley Impr, 1:9 twist barrel, fluted, with a fiberglass stock and a good 3-9x40 scope.

3rd : mainly open farm country, shots ranging from 100 yards to over 400+ if you're so inclined!

#496097 - 08/20/06 11:49 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: todbartell]
bullpup44 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 02/06/06
Posts: 266
Loc: NE Colorado
beagler-- it's actually a swade down comforter. My wife got it for a wedding pressent. I knew someone would say something!
Although the constant shadow of certain death looms over every day, the pleasures and joys of life can be so fine and deeply affecting that the heart is nearly stilled by astonishment.
-Dean Koontz, "The Watchers"

#496098 - 08/20/06 05:59 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
John Leslie Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 05/10/01
Posts: 342
Loc: Prairieville, Louisiana, USA
Current-A Rem. 700 BDL in .17 Rem. with a 3.5-10 X 40 Leupold

Dream gun(s)-Either a RRA Predator Pursuit in .20 Tactical or a Sako Grey Wolf in .223 Improved. Both with a 4.5-14 X 50 Leupold. Quite a difference in those two, huh?

Location-Louisiana, open agricultural fields, with small woodslots, ditches, and fallow fields. Shots out to 200 yards. I also make an annual trip to the western grasslands, habitat varies from wide open country to sagebrush prairie. Shots up to 300 yards.

#496099 - 08/20/06 11:53 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: John Leslie]
Varmonter Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 08/15/06
Posts: 539
Loc: varmont
Current is a ruger m77 in 22 hornet.

Dream gun is ordered and should arrive this week
kimber 84m varmint in 204 ruger Can't wait.

I hunt hills with woods.(pretty much all there is here)I will probably never shoot a coyote over 50 yards but just wanted to be able to do so.

(addendum to above .Dream gun came in and i am in love..

preliminary sight ins indicate a shooter

#496100 - 08/21/06 04:37 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
BigMo Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 08/10/01
Posts: 1097
Loc: NE Texas
Remington 700 VSF 22-250
Bushnell 4200 4x16x50
Heavy for long walks but very accurate and effective.

I would like to have a Rem 700 with a #5 fluted Shilen select match barrel 22 inches long in 22-250 with a McMillen stock.
A wise man is quick to listen and slow to speak.

#496101 - 08/22/06 11:04 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: BigMo]
cariboo_kid Offline
New Member

Registered: 08/20/06
Posts: 15
Loc: South Cariboo, BC Canada
#1 Stevens 200 (Savage) in .223 with a Mueller 8.5-25X44 mildot and a rifle basix trigger. Shoots just about anything moa and does well under moa with some factory loads. It really likes 40 grain vmax in the hornady load, chrono'ed at 3700+ fps. Haven't tried handloads in it yet.

#2 I can't seem to find anything wrong with the Stevens to make me seriously consider replacing it, which is a pleasant surprise at the price, but I'm very impressed with the Sako's I've handled. If my wish could include making black guns legal to hunt with in Canada then I'd go with a Bushy Varminter.

#3 mostly open - hayfields and clear cuts.

#496102 - 08/22/06 11:38 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
87predatorcontrol Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 10/20/04
Posts: 297
Loc: Northern Colorado-St. Francis,...
1. Two guns share the wealth of coyote hunting. A reminton 308 win shooting 150gr full metal jackets with 3-9 tasco scope weighs approx 5 pounds, second, remington 700 vls, heavy barrel, with 8x32x44 scope weight 10lbs

2 Rock river arms 223 AR-15 carbon fiber stock, stainless steel bull barrel, and leupold 4.5x14 vx-l scope with harris bipod

3. Open sand hills, sage brush, occasional rocky mountains, and river bottoms
All gods creatures have a place, right next to the mashed potatoes.

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

#496103 - 08/22/06 10:29 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: 87predatorcontrol]
wiguy Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 01/24/04
Posts: 71
Loc: Poynette,WI
1 My go to rifle is my AR-10 .308 20" stainless heavy barrel, realtree snow camo.

2 dream gun would be a the same gun with a carbon fiber wraped barrel in either, 243 or 260 remington.

3 Woodlots with smaller agri fields near by, and marshy river bottoms

#496104 - 08/22/06 10:37 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: 87predatorcontrol]
ole_270 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 10/06/03
Posts: 380
Loc: SE Kansas
#1. Probably the Ruger MKII .22-250 standard rifle topped with a 3200 4x12x40AO. Very accurate and the dogs just seem to show up when I carry this one. Haven't had that luck with some of the others. That might be a thread someone should start! Maybe we can find the coyotes choice
#2. Pobably a Charlie Sisk built M70 .257 Bob, McMillan Super Grade, topped with a VXIII 2.5-8. For lots more than just predators. $1000-1300 wouldn't touch it!
#3 S.E. Kansas, River bottoms, brushy rolling pastures, and cropland.

Edited by ole_270 (08/22/06 10:38 PM)

#496105 - 08/25/06 12:07 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: ole_270]
stiff neck Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 06/26/03
Posts: 888
Loc: Northern CA
1. Savage 12FV .223 with a Simmons 4-12x44 scope. I like the weight of the bull barrel.

2. A Bushmaster flat top H-bar or some sort, but I live in CA so that's not gonna happen.

3. Mostly rolling oak hills and desert sage, some mountain valleys.

#496106 - 08/25/06 09:28 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
broknaero Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 02/18/06
Posts: 1405
Loc: Pennsylvania
1. CZ var. 527 in .17Rem a little over 8lbs with scope and sling i think.Nikon 4-16

2. .19 Badger from James Calhoon. Built on a Cz 527 action with a light sporter weight Pac-Nor barrel, and H-S Precision Kevlar stock. With the Bell & Carlson dip, in Natural Camo. Burris (high end) 3-9 or 4-12 Ill., or one of the leupold Ill. scopes.

3. East, the Pocono's . Hills and timber, Dairy farms, and swamps.

#496107 - 08/27/06 01:18 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: broknaero]
AWS Online
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 02/01/03
Posts: 3978
Loc: WA
1. For 40yrs Rem 600 in .223Rem K-3 Weaver, replaced last year with Savage 11 .223Rem with V-3 Weaver.

2. Rem 600 Pac-Nor SS, 22", 3 groove, #1 contour,in 6x45mm, synthetic stock and Weaver V-3. Just finished this summer.

3. Heavey sage, open forest, clearcuts and river bottoms.

After the first shot the rest are just noise.

Make mine a Minaska.

#496108 - 08/27/06 01:35 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: AWS]
New_York_Hunter Offline
New Member

Registered: 08/27/06
Posts: 11
Loc: Central, NY USA
This is my first post on this sight! This will also be my first year hunting coyotes.

1- Remington model 700 BDL 223 Rem. right now it has a Simmons 3-10x44mm (44 mag) scope on it. I'm going to put a Leupold VX-II 4-12x40mm or 6-18x40mm scope on it before hunting season starts. I also have a Rock River Arms AR-15. I don't have that set up the way I want it so I probably won't use it this year. Once I have then set up the way I want them I'll use the model 700 for my more open hunting and my AR for my close range hunting.

2- If I could afford it I would have Hart Rifle Barrel's put a nice heavy barrel on my above mentioned model 700. I'd stay with 223 Rem. I also like the stock that Remington uses on their new XR-100 Rangemaster, I would like the same stock on my rifle. I'd use the same Leupold scope that I'm going to be putting on my model 700.

Or and more likely would be either a Remington XR-100 Rangemaster or a VLS in 223 Rem.

3- We'll be hunting all types of area's. From thick wooded and brushy area's to open area's. We hunt in Central New York!

#496109 - 08/30/06 02:15 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: New_York_Hunter]
SteveM Offline
Retired PM Staff

Registered: 01/26/02
Posts: 7617
Hey Todd, that is a nice rifle. I have been shooting one like that for about 15 or 16 yrs now. Amazing how long it takes mfg'ers to pick up on something uh! LOL

#496110 - 08/31/06 10:46 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: SteveM]
CV32 Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 09/27/05
Posts: 858
Loc: The Rock, Canada
(1) Tikka T3 Lite .223 Rem with 4-15X Bushnell (old style, with Japanese optics). About 7 lbs.

(2) Custom Dtech AR in 204 or maybe 243WSSM (neither of which (rifle or the 243WSSM caliber) are legal for yotes here. )

(3) Northeastern boreal forest, open bogs and barrens, rolling hills, thick spruce timber.
"You still don't know what you're dealing with do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility ... I admire its purity, its sense of survival; unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality." -Ash

#496111 - 08/31/06 03:42 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: CV32]
daddyflea Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 11/22/05
Posts: 1768
Loc: Waco TX
1. Colt AR 15 short bull barrel 223 with 3X9X50 Leopold had a Harris Bipod on it but I like the shooting sticks better.

2. Same gun as above but with a Shephard scope on it and a Flash hider My AR does not have a Flash hider and I constantly have to be careful of getting dirt in the barrel when I sit down.

3. All types terrain in Texas every set up is different.

#496112 - 08/31/06 08:50 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
nocternal Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 07/24/06
Posts: 641
Loc: Lehigh co. Pa.
ruger 77 mark 2 in .223 w/konus 3x10x44 w/illu. glass reticle and/or shotgun at night. Wt. 7to8 lbs

maybe a over/under shotgun/rifle.

hardwoods and farmland in eastern Pa.

#496113 - 09/01/06 03:06 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: nocternal]
TNyoteboy Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 01/25/06
Posts: 1092
Loc: West TN -Good ole USA
#1. 20" Colt Match HB flattop, Tasco 4-12X40

#2. Can't think of a better rifle, maybe better scope if I could make myself do it.

#3. Ag fields surrounded by woods.

#496114 - 09/01/06 11:36 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: TNyoteboy]
Snowshoes Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 952
Loc: Central Alberta
#1 Tikka Model 595 in 22-250, topped with a Bushnell Elite 4200, 4-16x40

#2 Sako 75 ss/laminate in 22-250 topped with a Swarovski 6-24x50

#3 Open farmland/pastures, bush, river bottoms, coulee's of which are usually snow covered from Dec. to mid March.

#496115 - 09/02/06 09:32 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Snowshoes]
lewish11 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 07/24/06
Posts: 34
Loc: NE Pa.
I just picked up my Weatherby Vanguard in .243 Win. It's going to have to be my current and dream gun. Wife says so.

@#%$^* hurricane/depression Ernesto blowing through today, & I can't even take it out to sight it in.

Had to tell someone


BTW thanks for the advise on my question post earlier.
If you don't want to hear the answer, don't ask the question.

#496116 - 09/05/06 08:41 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
Hykountry Offline
New Member

Registered: 08/29/06
Posts: 4
Loc: Hobbs, NM
I shoot a Savage 110 w/ 24inch standard barrel, synthetic stock in .243. I have hunted everything from prairie dogs to elk with it. It is great for coyotes because because it is light and I can handle it fast (I like to take long shots on the range but would rather shoot coyotes inside 100 yrds) and the .243 bucks the wind good. Also, I could afford it as a college student.

I would get an AR, not sure just what. I have had as many as 9 coyotes come in at one time. I can throw a bolt pretty fast, but only so fast.

Mostly, SW New Mexico, occasionally West Texas and NW Colorado.

#496117 - 09/09/06 10:13 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Hykountry]
kykiller2 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 08/05/06
Posts: 110
Loc: kentucky
#1 Stevens 200 .223, with 3x9x40 8pt Simmons scope, and harris bipod. Pencil barrel and wieghts 6.5lbs.

#2 Bushmaster Varmener .223 with silencer and dynamic finsih camo true leaf (entire rifle), detachable 4x12x40 leupold scope, and detachable night vision scope.

#3 Mostly hardwood ridges and thickets, small fields surrounded by woods.

#496118 - 09/10/06 08:48 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: kykiller2]
nccoult Offline
New Member

Registered: 02/11/06
Posts: 9
Loc: stillwater, ok
1. CZ 527 Varmint .204 topped with 6.5-20x44 Simmons 44mag

2. undecided

3. A little bit of everything.
cz 527 Varmint .204 hungry for some COYOTE!

#496119 - 09/12/06 01:45 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
pk1 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 07/20/06
Posts: 1417
Loc: Oregon
Pre Garcia Sako Forester 22-250 with a Leupold VXIII 3-9 scope.

Got a new Remington VLS with a Leupold 6.5-20 with the new Varmint Hunter's reticle. It shot terrible right out of the box but with some pillar bedding and Accraglass it's doing better. This is strictly a night gun. I've had it about 6 weeks and have killed 7 coyotes with it. The reticle is a little too fine and hard to pick up when illuminating the eyes prior to the burn. I wouldn't make the choice of the Remington or that particular reticle again.

I'm in the process of purchasing a pre Garcia Sako Vixen in a 222 mag. A sweet shooting gun. I'll put a 4-12 with a duplex crosshair on it.
It's not that I didn't know how to juggle. I just didn't have the balls to do it.

#496120 - 09/12/06 10:08 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: kykiller2]
sheepfarmer Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 02/15/06
Posts: 160
Loc: Missouri
1. Current go to rifle is a Model 77 SS Ultralight (with a trigger job) in .204, scoped with a Mueller 3-10x44. Shoots MOA groups with 32gr Vmax and 35gr Bergers, even with the 20" pencil barrel. Love the rifle, but not certain about the caliber...very flat shooting & low recoil, but not completely satisfied with knockdown power (at least with the 32gr Vmax's). This fall we'll see what the Berger's do.

2. Probably a Bushmaster Varminter with a Shephard scope

3. Rolling prairie pasture with grown up fence rows...shots mostly under 100 yds., but possible out to 400 or 500.
NRA Life Member and defender of the ovine species.

Kill a coyote; save a sheep!

#496121 - 09/13/06 01:48 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
Arizonahunter Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 07/16/06
Posts: 319
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
1. 6.5 x 55 swede (1943 Husquvarna Mauser) w/ Scout mounted scope 7 lb.

2. Just got my dream varmint/predator gun: .204 Ruger Howa 1500, SS bull barrell & laminated Boyd thumbhole stock, Bushnell Elite 3200 4-12 x 40 scope. Weight is about 10 lb. It is beautiful, shoots everything well and even my wife likes it!

3. Hunt mostly brushy deserts some semi open ponderosa pine & juniper forests.

#496122 - 09/15/06 06:28 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Arizonahunter]
Mickthetaxidermist Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 408
Loc: Reno, NV
Narrow it down to 1??? I can cut it down to 3, maybe 4.
Current most used:
NEF Ultra varmint fluted;bushnell 6-18x40 in 22-250
Rem. 700 bdl; nikon 3-9x40 in 17 rem.
Colt AR 15 comp H-bar; nikon 3-9x40 in 223
Night hunting: the colt, or Rem 870 sp with whatever 3" heavishot loads I have handy

Dream Gun: I doubt I'll purchase another weapon devoted exclusively to varmints, until 'yote pelts hit an avg. of $50 again, lol

I spend far too much time living and loving life, to do adequate justice to maintaining an online persona anywhere.

#496123 - 09/15/06 08:24 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Mickthetaxidermist]
knockemdown Offline
suburban redneck

Registered: 02/19/03
Posts: 4744
Loc: NY
1. Go to gun has been my Bushy with either my Varminter upper & Burris 4.5-14x42 (day) or 16" carry handle 6x45 with Aimpoint Comp M2.
2. Dtech just made me my dream gun...

20" Oly SUM 1:8"twist, fluted, compensated & finished with Norrell's Moly Black
4 rail gas block for Surefire attachment
Hogue overmolded foregrip(to keep my gloves from stickin' when its -10F out in Feb)
LaRue Tactical EER 1" mount holding a Leupold VXIII 4.5-14x40 w/Varmint Hunter's Reticle
Ace Skeleton Stock & JP drop in single stage trigger(coming soon)

3. I hunt in the big woods(Catskills/Dacks) or in woodlots surrounding farmland.

#496124 - 09/16/06 10:05 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: knockemdown]
Tap2K Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 09/06/05
Posts: 168
Loc: Reno, NV
1. Savage 10 in 243 soon to be 7mm-08
2. Custom Remington LV SF in 223AI with a Nightforce 2.5- 10x24 NXS
3. I hunt high desert, which can be heavy pines to wide open velleys.

Edited by Tap2K (09/16/06 10:06 AM)
“The .270 Winchester is a damned adequate coyote rifle.” -Elmer Keith

#496125 - 09/18/06 01:52 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: SteveM]
Todd Woodall Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 02/07/03
Posts: 1209
Loc: Sunset, America
Hey Steve,

Yeah, it sure took em long enough. It took me the better part of a year to get em to do it. I didnt even care about the name I just wanted a rifle that was a little lighter that would appeal more to predator hunters. Their biggest market is bench rest shooters so weight has never been an issue. After it was all said and done Mike(owner) gave me a call and asked what I wanted to name it. I couldnt think of anything better . They do put out a good product and they will listen to the consumer. Last time I talked with him he said they were selling like hot cakes. Still wish he would offer fluting, but I am happy with what they did. Fluting is still in the works.

Take care,


#496126 - 09/22/06 03:10 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
LDhunter Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 05/10/01
Posts: 2068
Loc: NW Florida Piney Woods
First: My go to gun is a Browning Lightweight BAR 243 Stalker with a Bell and Carlson camo stock topped with a Bushnell 3-9 Elite 3200 scope with Firefly Reticle. With scope etc. I think it's right at 8lbs.

Second: IMO the above BAR is the ultimate but for the sake of something different I just picked up a Bushmaster Predator but haven't wrung it out yet.

Third: I hunt mostly the piney woods of NW Florida but try to take a western trip or two each year.


#496127 - 09/22/06 01:20 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
K-22hornet. Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 11/06/03
Posts: 1471
Loc: Colorado
1st: Sako Vixen in 222remmag with a 3.5x10x50 Redfield Illuminator on it, though I use my Ruger M77 Hornet quite a bit on small land parcels.

2nd: my Sako with a Zeiss scope on it.

3rd: I hunt eastern Colorado most of the time, with occasional forays into the mountains.

The time for me to get after coyotes is here!
Liberals are the most highly educated, stupid people I've ever met!

#496128 - 09/22/06 05:34 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: K-22hornet.]
RockinT Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 153
Loc: Ellis County, Texas
My favorite gun is my 700 remington LTR (light tactical rifle) 20" barrel, chambered in .308 winchester. Leupold Mark IV rings and one piece base. Leupold Mark IV 3.5x10x40 M3 dials w/ BDC and illuminated mil dot reticle. Shillen Trigger. 168gr Hornandy A-max. Its not flat but its accurate and with the M3 cams I am good up to about 800 but have not tried it past 400. Best group shot measured .1833 MOA and consistantly shoots under 1/2 inch groups.

My dream rifle would probably be too close to this one to merit the purchase. I like the Tango by tac ops, and the Ed Brown compact varmint.

I hunt in all kinds of terrain in Texas. Currently building a Remington VSSF2 in a 22-250. Fully accurized by SG&Y in Roanoke TX. I will give an update on it when I get it back. It would not shoot under an inch out of the box.

#496129 - 09/24/06 04:45 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: RockinT]
Sportsman-n-1 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/21/05
Posts: 232
Loc: Central Nebraska
1. These are my two go to guns depending on what I am hunting. Bushmaster Varminter. For the open area longer shots.

AR 17

2. shown above

3. Hunt alot in the sandhills of Nebraska and in heavily covered cedar canyons for bobcat.

Edited by Sportsman-n-1 (09/24/06 04:46 AM)
Predator Hunting: AR 17 custom build Too many calls to list (favorite is a THO acrylic) Varmint Hunting: Bushmaster Varminter (my first AR, then it was the beginning of the end))

#496130 - 09/24/06 02:35 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Sportsman-n-1]
bustem223 Offline
New Member

Registered: 09/22/06
Posts: 20
Loc: Northeast AZ
1. Hello I"m new to the site and I got to say this plase is great. I have been callin since I was a kid now that I"m 30 it dont seem any easier than it was then. But I shoot a bushmaster 20in with a 3x9 it works great.

2. The bushmaster varmint would be the one I would like to have

3.Open filds and cerdars and rocky canyons

#496131 - 09/25/06 10:00 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: bustem223]
pepprdog Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 47
Loc: Southern Ohio
Savage 16FXP3. 300WSM about 6.75 lbs.
sighted in at 2" high at 200 yds.
Slight overkill but personally I don't want a fine hide, I want a fine death.
Hunt open farmland (ours) and most shots are well over 300 yds.
I really really like this rifle but would really like a black gun in .223.
Youth and Speed are no match for Old Age and Treachery

#496132 - 09/26/06 01:06 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: pepprdog]
JoeNovosel Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 08/05/06
Posts: 397
Loc: Salt Lake, Utah
well the only rofles i have are an old single shot 22lr or my 7mm rem mag i usually take the 7m with me. i know it is way too much but its all i got for now.
hunt mostly in the desert area of utah and some hills,
dream gun not too sure probally a savage in a 22-250 or a 223

#496133 - 09/26/06 02:12 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: JoeNovosel]
Thunderstruck Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 03/17/06
Posts: 1547
Loc: Brownwood,TX
1)Rem 22-250 VSSF Nikon 3x10x50 illuminated
2)Rem 6mm AI Hart Barrel w/ Nikon 6.5x20x44 illuminated being built right now.
I didn't do it for the money. I did it all for free. I did it to fill the freakin hole inside of me. -Buckcheery You called down the THUNDER so here I am and HELL came with me. -Wyatt Earp Team member of the Stone Coyote Team. Feild testing calls and prototype calls.

#496134 - 09/27/06 04:09 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Thunderstruck]
Hankameryote Offline
New Member

Registered: 09/23/06
Posts: 24
Loc: Barbers Hill, Texas
Hello everybody, new guy here.
1)I have 2 rifles I use: Marlin .17HMR with a bull barrel and BSA scope. The second is my Savage .223 with bull barrel, Simmons 3x9x40 scope, weighs ~10lbs. I use this one when the wife or kids aren't deer hunting with it.
2)Would like to have any AR (in .223).
3)I hunt brushy country(mine)and timber-national forests in East Texas

#496135 - 09/27/06 05:29 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
cattle69 Offline
New Member

Registered: 07/24/06
Posts: 11
700 adl 22-250,
swift 4x14 scope
can group 3 touching at 100 yds with factory winchester hp

Edited by cattle69 (09/27/06 05:30 PM)

#496136 - 09/27/06 09:27 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
shooterjon Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 95
Loc: Idaho ,USA
I would opt for my sako 243 but would upgrade the scope from my present Bushnell 6X18 to a Burris 4X12 Euro diamond 30 mm.! no need for me to use a A.O. on a coyote scope .

Edited by shooterjon (09/27/06 09:30 PM)

#496137 - 09/28/06 08:58 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: shooterjon]
Radd4 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 1314
Loc: Oklahoma, Bixby
Ah let me see here...

1st: DPMS AR-15 in .223 with a 16inch sst barrel topped with a Nikon 3-9x40 Prostaff scope with a BDC reticle.

2nd: My Encore in .223 with a 26 inch heavy barrel topped with a Bushnell 3-9x50 scope.

3rd: I hunt North Central Oklahoma sometimes open and sometimes where it is a little bushy.
Radd4 Retired USAF Desert Storm Veteran Remember to thank those who are serving our country and the families of those who have died to keep you safe...Our Troops, Police and Firemen deserve our thanks" Oklahoma Predator Hunters Association

#496138 - 09/29/06 05:26 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Radd4]
Coyote_Blaster Offline
New Member

Registered: 09/26/06
Posts: 13
Loc: Central Utah
Savage Mod 12 FVSS Camo synthetic stock in 204 Ruger. Topped with Bushnell Elite 4200 4x16x50mm with 4in sunshades. Shooters ridge bi-bod.

I'm shooting my (varmint) dream gun.


#496139 - 09/29/06 02:58 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Coyote_Blaster]
coyotekillerNE Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/13/06
Posts: 415
Loc: Nebraska
1. Tikka T3 Lite Stainless in .243. Have a Leupold Mark 4 3-9X40 Mil Dot on it.

2. The AR-15 .204 made by Les Baer with a Leupold Mark 4 4.5-14X50 Mil. Dot.

3. Rolling hills of south central Nebraska. Some places very open, and some places covered in cedar trees.

#496140 - 09/29/06 11:15 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
HammerOfThor Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 11/21/05
Posts: 552
Loc: Eastern WA

I use a Ruger M77 mk2 heavy target in 22-250. It weighs 11 pounds(I think)it's topped with a Burris 4.5X14 with B-ples reticle and carries a harris adjustable bypod.

Dream rifle? I'd have to mull that one over but I can tell you it'd be really light and it would be a custom job.

I hunt open wheat fields in the west. Shots are on the average 150-300 yards.

#496141 - 10/01/06 03:52 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
moonshine44 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 04/20/01
Posts: 1331
Loc: The wilds of eastern Oregon...
1. Savage 111FP in .243

2. Short-barrelled flattop AR in either .223 or .204 with telescoping stock and variable scope

3. Eastern Oregon, mostly open with some sagebrush

Edited by moonshine44 (10/01/06 03:54 PM)

If it ain't fun, why do it?

#496142 - 10/01/06 11:29 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
shake n bake Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/22/04
Posts: 369
Loc: Nebraska, USA
I use a Tikka T3 Varmint in 223.

My dream coyote setup would be:

- DPMS Upper and Lower
- Fluted 20" Stainless Barrel with intregal compensator
- Ace skeleton stock
- Nikon Monarch UCC 5.5-16.5x44 AO

I mostly hunt open country.
"Speak softly and carry a big stick."-Theodore Roosevelt

#496143 - 10/01/06 11:47 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: shake n bake]
CLL Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/22/03
Posts: 108
Loc: CA . U.S.A.
Rem. 22-250 mod 700 BDL sporter barrel
Bushnell 5x15 Legend
This gun does'nt like coyotes .
The only thing I would change is , to put a stiffer stock on it .
I might be tired from hunting , but I will never tire of hunting .

#496144 - 10/02/06 12:12 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: CLL]
greg223 Offline
PM senior

Registered: 02/17/05
Posts: 7407
Loc: Montana and My USA
1) Rem Model 7 in .223.

2) Sako 75 in .223 or .22-250

3) mostly very heavy cover in Western Montana with some semi open areas, logged areas, and very mountainous.
In politics....perception is reality, the truth is immaterial.

#496145 - 10/02/06 09:19 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: moonshine44]
Hitekhunter Offline
New Member

Registered: 02/06/06
Posts: 9
Loc: Chisholm MN. "Iron Range"
My Favorite .... is my Kel-Tec 223 semi-auto. It's real light, real fast, and real accurate (after I sent it back to the factory because it wouldn't hold groups - barrel wasn't tight against receiver)

I love my Ruger M77 HT in .204 gray stainless bull barrel - but it's a bit heavy for close up work in Northern MN. (11 lbs. 10 oz.!) but for long range work its real sweet. Consistantly group 1.25" - 1.5" @ 400 yds!

My dream rifle would be a Bushmaster customized in .204!
(maybe next year....)

#496146 - 10/02/06 11:54 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
mr.mossyoak Offline
New Member

Registered: 01/02/05
Posts: 16
Loc: southern Indiana
I currently am using a Ruger 204 target grey laminate stock Zeiss Conquest scope 6.5x20x50
1 Cooper heavy barrel 22-250 or 204 with a Zeiss Davari Scope....
Anything but a CZ i know of to many people who have trouble with those guns Just my Opinion

#496147 - 10/03/06 10:05 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
Tag Offline
New Member

Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 1
Loc: Tempe, AZ
I usually use my .243 Steyr with 3x9 Leupold.

#496148 - 10/04/06 12:31 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Tag]
mark shubert Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 01/01/04
Posts: 2153
Loc: Las Vegas NM
1) Savage 99e (holds 2" groups @ 200 meters) 243
2) AR platform 223 1.5 - 5 scope
3) NE New Mexico brush, timber, rimrock 10 - 1000+yds
I've always been a curmudgeon - now I'm an OLD curmudgeon

#496149 - 10/04/06 12:21 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: mark shubert]
Charon Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 08/31/04
Posts: 97
Loc: South Texas "Valley"
New England .223 single shot with a Simmons 3-9X50. I usually shoot factory 45g. hollow points. Also am putting an Iver Johnson M-1 Carb. togeather for calling this fall. Shots are usually not to far down here.

#496150 - 10/05/06 09:38 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
Lex Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 03/01/06
Posts: 699
Loc: arizona
I shoot a rem 660 in 222 and a 204 ruger 17 ackley 218bee 223s 243 mabey i have too many?

#496151 - 10/06/06 08:02 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Lex]
ohiobob Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 01/19/06
Posts: 946
Loc: N.E. Ohio Tuscarawas county
I have 2 BUT i have a feeling I'm only gonna start carrying one now,,,my main gun WAS a Parker-Hale 22-250 and its a tack driver,,BUT now i have a Bushmaster Predator with a Burris 4-14.5 scope and a Harris bi-pod ,,,don't know if i will keep the bi-pod on it but i think it will help immensely
Thank you
You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive. The Second Amendment is in place in case they ignore the others A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone. Bushmaster Predator .223,,4x14 Burris Parker-Hale .22-.250 6x24 Tasco FoxPro FX5

#496152 - 10/06/06 08:09 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: ohiobob]
txagyotebuster Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 10/19/05
Posts: 470
Loc: rosebud, tx
used to extensively shoot a ruger m77 22-250, then i got an encore in .204, and a couple of weeks ago i bought a RRA 18" varmint. which i am afraid will be the only gun i ever want to grab from now on.

#496153 - 10/08/06 01:04 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: txagyotebuster]
Bofire Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 08/09/02
Posts: 2059
Loc: Yelm, Wa
I just got back from Montana hunting-calling open country, mixed sage, trees, creek bottoms. I have determined the all time best calling - casual prarie dog rifle and scope.

I had a tough time, two times getting on moving yotes at less tha 100 yards with my 4.5X14 Leupold VXIII, I loved this scope at 400 yards on prarie dogs though. I found my 3.5X10 Leupold easier to get on moving target at close range and made one 400 yard prarie dog shot with it, lots of 200-300.
I found on prarie dogs the drop difference between the 22-250 and 223 to really be a factor, and flight time in light wind.
So here it is: A Tikka T3 light stainless, 22-250 wearing a 3.5X10 Leupold VXIII. Painted camo. oh yeah, shooting any good 55 grain at 3500 fps. or a little faster.
I wont give up my heavy barrel Tikkas or Tacticals, but I feel the above is the perfect calling set-up.
Televison, By Morons For Morons.

#496154 - 10/08/06 10:37 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Bofire]
coyotestalker Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 10/07/01
Posts: 408
Loc: Williston, N.D. 58801
1) My main rifle is the Savage Model 12 BVSS in 22-250. Shoots better than I ever will, but it is starting to lose ground to my 6 mm TCU built on the Savage action with a 26" Standard barrel. Not near as fast as the 250, but just as accurate, and to me accuracy beats speed anyday. I am comfortable shooting yotes out to 300 yds and alittle farther if the angle is right.

2) My 6 mm TCU with a thumbhole laminated stock and a 4.5-14 Nikon Buckmaster scope.

3) Rolling hills to flat farm land.

#496155 - 10/11/06 03:07 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: coyotestalker]
live4perfection Offline
New Member

Registered: 10/03/06
Posts: 10
Loc: Deep South Texas
My Rifle: Savage Model 10 Synthetic Finish .243 w/ Bushnell 3-9x40 power scope.

Dream Rifle: one that never misses dont matter what brand, color, or value

Location: Deep South Texas, some open land, some brush, and crop fields.

#496156 - 10/11/06 11:17 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: live4perfection]
kelbro Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 06/07/06
Posts: 1145
Loc: AZ
1. Savage Sporter in 25-20 open sights (been shooting this one for 35 yrs) or my Winny 9422M with NECG peep sight for the close in work. Bushy Varmint Special 24" SS with 6.5-20 VXIII when I have to reach out there and touch something.

2. Anxious to try out the Tikka T3 Light when they FINALLY release the LH models.

3.Deserts and mountains of AZ.
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American GI. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

#496157 - 10/11/06 11:56 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: kelbro]
MadMax60 Offline
New Member

Registered: 03/31/06
Posts: 2
Loc: Sanpete County
1. I use a Remington Model 700 ADL chambered in .25-06. The Remington action is nestled in a camo-painted Choate Ultimate Varmint stock. It is topped by a 6X18 Tasco Varmint scope held together with a Leupold mount/rings. It is currently shooting 85 gr. Nosler BTs and easily punches 1/2" groups at 100 yds. It is the sweetest shooter I've ever had and I really love the feel of the Choate stock.

2. Same as above.

3. Deserts of Utah/Nevada.

#496158 - 10/13/06 10:20 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
FOXX22250 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 10/12/06
Posts: 357

Edited by FOXX22250 (10/14/06 07:47 AM)
Theirs nothing in Heaven to test my metal so just send me to hell so I can hunt the Devil....... TC Encore 22-250 SS BARSKA 6X24-44 MILL DOT AR 15 DPMS 223 BSA 6x18-40 If you don't stand behind our troops...feel free to take up a weapon and stand in front of them! Live long and hunt hard Fair winds and Happy Hunting

#496159 - 10/13/06 12:37 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: FOXX22250]
NateDog Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 10/06/06
Posts: 376
Loc: Tennessippi
1) Savage Model 10 FP .223Rem
2) Remington Ultra Light Varmint 22-250
3) Northern Half of Mississippi
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#496160 - 10/13/06 11:16 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
hunterjmj Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/24/03
Posts: 47
Loc: Southeast Oregon
1. Rem 700 .17 rem topped with a leupold 3x9 krylon camo uncustom paint job.
2. Remington model 700 titanium in .17 rem, oh and camo
3. Eastern Oregon

Interesting post

#496161 - 01/10/08 10:06 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: hunterjmj]
climbr1 Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 12/10/07
Posts: 79
Loc: Utah
1.20" Bushy Predator, Leupold 4-12x50.
2. Letter to Santa: Custom Les Baer 6mm or 6.5 Grendel AR flattop 18" heavy fluted barrel with ciener detachable suppressor. ATN Gen 4 Nightvision scope on quick detachable larue mounts with Trijicon X4 ACOG co-witnessed with Wilson BUIS for daytime and assorted magpul and Surefire goodies for 2 legged varmints
3. Utah sage
Todd: Hey Griswold. Where do you think you're gonna put a tree that big? Clark: Bend over and I'll show you. Todd: You've got a lot of nerve talking to me like that Griswold. Clark: I wasn't talking to you.

#496162 - 01/10/08 10:23 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: climbr1]
Mac_Frederick Offline
New Member

Registered: 01/09/08
Posts: 23
Loc: \
Well the first one here is my savage 243 with your average simmons 3x9 , i love this gun 400 yards is a cake walk with the rounds we are pushing . I absolutley love this rifle

My other rifle is kind of a neat story . It is a DPMS panther 24 bull special . Me and My Brother did a tractor restoration for Matt Hughes and Mark Hughes earlier this summer Matt is the 9 time UFC welterweight champion of the world. Anyways Matt and Mark are both big time shooters and love it . When we finishied the tractor Matt & Mark surprised me and my brother with these Matching Rifles. The Scope is a el cheapo center point 4-16x40 mil dot with illuminated reticles i picked up at wal-mart. it actually seems to be doing pretty good. Here is a pic i took out in the field yesturday with the ar and a central illinois

Ive pretty much got the guns i want . I am confident in my shots and know my equipment .

I hunt Central Illinois

Edited by Mac_Frederick (01/10/08 10:28 PM)

#496163 - 01/10/08 10:26 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: picksbigwagon]
ChileRojo Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 11/16/02
Posts: 1190
Loc: southern Arizona
My day in day out go to rifle is a semi-custom Ruger M77 stainless .17 remington,24" sporter contour barrel. It wears a Burris 3X9 scope. My second most used coyote rifle is a custom .19 Calhoon hornet, I have a Simmons Whitetail Classic 1.5X6 scope on it,as does two other of my coyote rifles. Im not fond of bull barrels on a calling rifle, I want light to medium weight in both rifle and barrel.

If I had the scratch, I'd opt for one of James Calhoons .19-.223s

I hunt southeastern Arizona, so most of my perferred calling is in very open to moderately open country.

Edited by ChileRojo (01/10/08 10:30 PM)

#496164 - 01/10/08 11:31 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: ChileRojo]
utahpredator_7 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/09/05
Posts: 1017
Loc: Manti Utah (Sanpete,Central Ut...
1.Browning A-Bolt Hunter 25 WSSM, 22" Reg. Barrel, 6.5 Pounds Plus Scope (Simmons 3-9x40, soon Monarch 2.5-10x42 Milldot)and Ammo.
2.A Custom AR in .260 Rem., 25 WSSM, or a Ruger Compact Magnum necked down to .26 or .25 caliber. Definately an AR though.
3.Hills with junipers and sage. I call mountain clearings when I can before it snows too much; that's my favorite place to call.
We should let gays get married, and let druggies overdose etc, and in a couple generations, there would be no more democrats!

#496165 - 01/11/08 12:00 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: utahpredator_7]
Rhys Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 09/29/07
Posts: 160
Loc: Wyoming
1. Lately it has been my 700 BDL Varmaint Special in .223 with a 2.5-8 VX-III, currently rebuilding my Kimber 84M Varmint in 22-250 which will be getting the scope from the .223.

2. Eventualy will take my .223 and rebarel it with about a #5 in .17 Predator, and restock it in a stock yet to be determined.

3. Southeast Wyoming
Yes it's cocked, it's got bullets too...

#496166 - 01/11/08 12:36 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Rhys]
pk1 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 07/20/06
Posts: 1417
Loc: Oregon
Kimber 84M Classic 22-250. Leupold 4-12X50 on top. Sweet, lightweight rifle with a perfect feel and trigger.

My backup is a Sako Vixen rebarreled to 223 Ackley Improved with a Leupold 4-12X40. If I had the bucks I get an old Sako Forrester in 22-250 with the Leupold 4-12X50. I used to have one but I let it go when I moved to Alaska in '74. It was a great calling rifle. Light, fast and nimble.I'd probably have to put a new barrel on it. Either a Krieger or Lilja.
It's not that I didn't know how to juggle. I just didn't have the balls to do it.

#496167 - 01/11/08 02:24 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
CalCoyote Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 11/10/05
Posts: 504
Loc: NW Oregon
Savage 10FP in the 223 topped with a 4.5x14 44mm scope. This is my "go to the woods" gun for now, but the the bull barrel makes it too heavy. I will sell it soon and get a 243 in a sporter barrel (probably a Vanguard).

Some day I want a 257 Weatherby with a SS sporter barrel. I will have some kind of cool looking laminate stock, but also have a spare Hogue overmolded camo stock laying around to put on it. I will top it off with some kind of 6x18 44mm scope. Whenever I think about this gun I hear Judy Garland softly singing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." just like she did in The Wizard Of Oz.

I hunt it all. In Calif I can hunt the woods, the desert or any anywhere in between. Coyotes are in every county of the state.
"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose"

#496168 - 01/11/08 11:14 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: CalCoyote]
hunting4fun Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 190
Loc: midwest
The gun i usually hunt with is my tikka t3 lite .223. Most accurate gun i have ever shot out of the box. I love the fact that i can walk into any store and grab a box of ammo and not worry about accuracy.

My dream gun is a tikka t3 tactical in either .223 or .308. I got a chance to shoot one a few weeks ago. Who needs an ar when you can shoot 1/4 inch groups at a 100 yards out of the box. Wow.

I hunt alot of farm lands, open fields, and alot of wooded plublic land.

#496169 - 01/11/08 11:49 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: hunting4fun]
FishinHank Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/17/05
Posts: 399
Loc: Alaska
Right now mine is the only rifle I own currently, a Rem model 7 in .260 When I go out calling with a buddy of mine we have a choice of a .22-250, .22 hornet, or a .223 wssm. Unfortunately we might as well not bring a gun along as we havent seen anything yet. I am on vacation back home in NY, but I cant wait to get back to AK and see if I can get some wolves to come in! I have seen a lot more fox in alaska than in the area of NY I am in, I just hope I dont call in a grizzly...gotta keep it in open country so I can see them coming!

#496170 - 01/11/08 11:59 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
NM_HighPlains Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 01/10/07
Posts: 1577
Loc: New Mexico
1) Hard to say. For the past 5-6 years, I've been using a Ruger M77, sporter barrel, in .22-250. It's a perfectly adequate coyote gun. However, I recently bought a Savage Predator Hunter in .223 and it'll probably be my favorite coyote gun. At least until I need $$$ and sell it and go back the Ruger (which was a gift from my uncle).

2) I really don't have a dream gun. Over the past 25 years, I've shot a Rem 788 in .22-250, Rem 700 in FVSS in .223, the Ruger (.22-250), and now the Predator Hunter (.223) and all of them did everything I asked of them. I'm pretty easy to please. I can tell you for certain that I don't like .243 for coyotes.

3) northern New Mexico pinyon/juniper edges. I like to call 'em in and rarely take shots of > 150 yards. I setup specifically for that kind of shot.
This space for rent.

#496171 - 01/11/08 01:09 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM_HighPlains]
cjg_beef Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 12/22/04
Posts: 2974
Loc: Utah
1) Savage 110 .243 topped with a 3-9 pentax gameseeker.
2) A laser! wouldn't have to worry about doping the wind or bullet drop. Just point at what you wanted to shoot and pull the trigger... All joking aside, I'd love to own a nice light weight accurate AR. I'm thinking a dtech in .223 with a nice nikon monarch scope and a "viper" paint job.
3) I hunt the sagebrush flats to mountain meadows.
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#496172 - 01/11/08 01:33 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: climbr1]
4thhorseman Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/26/07
Posts: 230
Loc: Mid-Coast Maine
1.I usually carry my Daewoo K-2 .223 with a 4x TC scope. This is my daytime set up. Long shots in certain stands I've used my Ruger No. 1V 22-250. And at night usually a Remington 870 with buck shot.
2. Dream gun- hell how about the ability to call in an air strike?
3. The fields and forests and the occasional railroad tracks of Midcoast Maine... Shots from 7 feet to 350-400 yards...
No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity, But I know none, and therefore I am no beast...

#496173 - 01/11/08 01:42 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: cjg_beef]
Mickthetaxidermist Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 408
Loc: Reno, NV
I have 4 that see the most use.I don't know if I could pick a favorite, as I always tend to select according to what I'm expecting in terrain,set-ups and if I have a better chance of calling in fox too. I like the 17 as I save hides and hate to sew, I like the AR for night hunts, I like the 22-250 for long shots, and I like the 870 for heavy cover.I'm such a girl when it comes to making up my mind,lol. If I HAD to pick a fav, the nod would probably be for my 17 rem, but sometimes I just grab one that looks lonely.

1. Rem. 700; 17 rem 3-9 nikon buckmaster
2. Colt AR-15; 223 2-7 leuopold
3. NEF ultra fluted varmint; 22-250 6-18 bushnell trophy
4. Rem. 870; 3" mag

I spend far too much time living and loving life, to do adequate justice to maintaining an online persona anywhere.

#496174 - 01/11/08 01:45 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: 4thhorseman]
Abolthunterwssm Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 09/18/07
Posts: 647
Loc: 704, NC
1) Browning A-Bolt Varmint 243 WSSM / Nikon Monarch 6.5-20x44AO w/ target turrets / Leupold mounts

2) Browning M-1000 Eclispe 270 WSM w/ Holland Quick Discharge muzzla brake / Nikon X 4-16x50SF w/ mili-dot / Badger mounts

3) pine thickets, some hardwoods, and power lines
James 4:10

#496175 - 01/11/08 07:35 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: greg223]
PlainsRedneckOK Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 11/08/06
Posts: 493
Loc: Tornado Alley
1) Browning A-bolt Stainless Stalker in .270WSM. It wears a 3-9x40 Leupold VX-II. All together, it weighs right at 7.5lbs.

2) A DTech of some sort in .204.

3) From miles of open, rolling hills to brushy creeks. Oklahoma has it all.

Edited by PlainsRedneckOK (01/11/08 07:41 PM)

#496176 - 01/11/08 07:49 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Abolthunterwssm]
Dogwood Creek Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 01/01/05
Posts: 2092
Loc: w.central Pa.
My current "in the truck all the time" rifle is the Tikka T3 22/250. In reality, I should be a shotgun only hunter. Seems to be the choice of the really successful PA yoters I know. But, alas, I am a rifleman. The Tikka served me well in N.M. from 25 to 75 yards, and will do the same here need be.

My ideal rifle will be (as soon as I get some bills caught up)a custom barreled 22/250 AI with a fast twist. I want to be shooting 60 to 70gr bullets, at ample velocity. It will be scoped with a Leupy custom shop 3.5x - 10x 50mm with the CPC reticle. I have always loved the CPC. Fine enough in the middle for load development, heavy enough at the edges to see in dim light. It will be stocked in one of the better grade of aftermarket stocks, with an aluminum bedding block. I am leaning toward a McMillan at the moment.This will be one of those rifles that feels like an old friend from the first trigger squeeze.

I hunt here in the east of course. Old strip mines, field edges, and hardwoods. We have Mtn Laurel and red brush at our disposal in quantity also. But,the point is moot. Not much shooting going on here.A feller could carry a ball bat as well as a rifle. Now, this dream rifle will be accompanying me on yearly trips to various points of calling interest. On my "to do" list are Oklahoma, Texas, South Dakota,Canada, and New Mexico again. I am a coyote hunter, and coyote hunting is what I will be doing. Being stuck in PA is just a minor inconveniance. A plane ticket and a cheap motel is all I need.
"Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."

#496177 - 01/12/08 09:35 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Dogwood Creek]
Dultimatpredator Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 07/06/07
Posts: 1850
Loc: Wisconsin
Remington VLS 243 with an added H-S Precision Stock, a Timney Trigger, and topped with a Leupold VX111 Tactical 4.5x14 scope. My second, a Remington LTR 223 topped with a Leupold Mark 4 4.5x14 scope.

#496178 - 01/12/08 10:09 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: climbr1]
Big10gauge Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/24/07
Posts: 611
Loc: Central Washington
My#1 bedded & free floated Ruger M77 varmint/timney trigger /leupold Var3 6.5 x20 on a Richards laminated thumbhole stock/harris bipod. 16lbs of pure delight consistently sub .5moa good for about 450 yds if I can judge the windage with a 52 gr bthp @ 3760 fps

My next: 25-06 Rem action 26" lija heavy barrel/leupold VXL 6x20x56 on a Richards thumbhole for the 500yd shots stopping power

lots of open space
"He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country." Samuel Adams

#496179 - 01/12/08 10:20 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Big10gauge]
stormking Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/04/06
Posts: 1295
Loc: Amarillo, TX
1) My #1 is a RRA 18" EOP w/ Burris 3-9 Bplex, on those rare occasions the wind is howling the Rem 700 SPS in .243 Win gets the nod

2) My #1 2-3 pounds lighter (summer project)

3)I mainly hunt open meadows and high "desert" sagebrush
"Only in the hunt is man at his very best"

#496180 - 01/12/08 11:16 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: NM Leon]
Brittdog Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 01/03/08
Posts: 55
Loc: E.Wa
1. Custom 22-250, mauser action, douglas barrel, Mossberg 835 ulti mag w/Kicks choke.

2. I'd probably build a high end upper for one of my ARs.

3. Mostly open, grass fields,wheat fields, sage, some Ponderosas.

#496181 - 01/12/08 11:25 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: stormking]
sscoyote Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 11/28/02
Posts: 2400
Loc: pueblo, co
I'm a long-range handgun guy, and use my 17 Fireball XP the most.

I'll soon be getting my ideal sniping handgun soon. A McGowen specialty pistol in 22-250 with an 8 twist to stablize the 80 A-Max. The scope will be the true custom part. It'll be a Leup. 24X BR-D converted by Wally Siebert to long eye relief, with a resulting power of about 16. It'll have a custom TK Lee reticle with 6-3 MOA dots vertical (2 above the x-hair axis), and 1 dot either side of the uppermost dot @ 4 MOA, then 5 MOA below that either side of vertical axis every other dot down. An elevation turret will be installed to play around with tgts. further than reticle will take me. Probably Tuckerized to ensure accurate turret clicks.

I hunt typical prairie, and bluffs.

#496182 - 01/13/08 12:36 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: sscoyote]
Lost_River Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/08/08
Posts: 351
Loc: Idaho
My primary guns are:

Tikka T3 sporter stainless .223 with a compact 4x12 Burris
Tikka T3 sporter blued .243 with a 6x18 Leupold
Colt 16" AR .223 with a 1.5x5 Leupold

Dream gun for yotes: 18" Flattop AR with a shorter LOP A1 stock, JP Enterprises trigger set at 3#s, topped with a 2.5x10 Nightforce and all done in sagebrush colored Duracoat.

I hunt the high desert country of southern Idaho.

Edited by Lost_River (01/13/08 12:42 AM)

#496183 - 01/13/08 01:58 PM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Lost_River]
Rod Haydel Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 01/20/04
Posts: 592
Loc: Bossier City LA
This is my dream gun I just built. I hunt the midwest.

#2159706 - 02/22/12 12:08 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: Rod Haydel]
compaq12 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 02/01/12
Posts: 145
Loc: pa
I question guns over 9 lbs 8 pushing it as a coyote gun. I guess if you can drive right up to where you set up it wouldn't be bad. But here in my woods.Thats alot of weight to be carrying to call them heavy barrels coyote guns. Where I walk from 1/4 to 3/4 a miles to set up. 7.5 lbs and under would be a coyote gun. Those who have 10 to 12 lb guns. Them are varmint guns. Prairies dogs where you shoot continuous non stop. I don't see how anyone can classify
9 lb+ a coyote gun. That makes me tired thinking about lugging that around with other equipment. I am in very good shape for my age and put the young ones to shme. But no way is a 9 lb or heavier a coyote gun in IMHO. Let the bash begin.

#2159812 - 02/22/12 05:22 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: compaq12]
K22 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 10/19/03
Posts: 2042
Loc: Western NC
Originally Posted By: compaq12
I question guns over 9 lbs 8 pushing it as a coyote gun. I guess if you can drive right up to where you set up it wouldn't be bad. But here in my woods.Thats alot of weight to be carrying to call them heavy barrels coyote guns. Where I walk from 1/4 to 3/4 a miles to set up. 7.5 lbs and under would be a coyote gun. Those who have 10 to 12 lb guns. Them are varmint guns. Prairies dogs where you shoot continuous non stop. I don't see how anyone can classify
9 lb+ a coyote gun. That makes me tired thinking about lugging that around with other equipment. I am in very good shape for my age and put the young ones to shme. But no way is a 9 lb or heavier a coyote gun in IMHO. Let the bash begin.

I'm with you there.

#2159977 - 02/22/12 10:48 AM Re: Coyote guns [Re: K22]
2Rope Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 10/29/02
Posts: 170
Loc: NW. New Mexico
My goto calling rifle is a LSF Remington 700 in .204 wearing a Ziess 4.5x14. It weighs in at about 7.5#'s. I also use a RRA 20" varmit in .223 with a Leupold AR 3x9...It's a little heavy, maybe 10#'s with a loaded 20 rd mag.

My dream coyote rifle would be a 700 Rem action with spiral fluted bolt, a 2.5# Jewell trigger, a Lilja medium 24" fluted stainless bbl in a sporter contour Brown Precision kevlar stock and a Swaro 4.5x14 scope.

I call mostly in the sage country of New Mexico and some in southwest Colorado.
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