About 3 or 4 years back I took an interest in building an AR. Turns out, they're like tinker toys for adults so I've built a few. Cjay recommended a book to me and I started learning the finer points of building them.
Anyway, I hunt and decided to build up a coyote gun for sitting in a blind. It's stoopid heavy but very stable. I didn't build the upper on this one but instead bought it from Model 1 because it was on sale and way too cheap to pass up.
Anyway, after some plumbing repairs on my cabin, I took the water pressure tank out and set it at 300 yards. I've never shot that far and would be reluctant to do so at game. Until now. I'd use this rifle for predator hunting any day. After the first shot I couldn't really see the hole so I took another couple shots and I could see them at that point. I had stunned myself as I'm not that great a shot. The rifle does have an excellent trigger in it so that helps.
I plinked this tank, 20 out of 20 shots, at 300 yards. I'm hoping to get back out and try some different ammo but this is minute of coyote accurate to me.
I had just installed the grip you see as it's more upright than a standard AR grip. It lets me relax a bit more.
It's open season on coyotes year round here. Really need more guys taking them down than we do now because they really put a hurting on the deer population. We have a lot of the buggers. You should hear them sing around my place in the spring and fall.
In the winter we have a night hunting season which raises the odds against them. Bait, big lights and electronic calls required. Guys usually do that from a tree stand. Too stinking cold for me any more to be sitting on a stand in January.
The rest of the time it's bait and electronic calls. Some of the remote lakes are the best place. Take a pickle bucket, stick some meat and what not in it with water, put a stick in the middle and freeze it. When frozen, take it from the bucket and go stick it on the ice. Then call and wait. I took 3 that way some years ago. Some guys will put up an electronic rabbit that wiggles for a visual.
Anyway, I like to stick to deer and grouse these days but I still like to get out in March to hunt snow shoes and I'll set up my blind for coyotes too. Gets me out of doors and keeps me from sitting and thinking about riding.
My son and I are building matching 'yote rifles this winter as well, we got consecutive serial number receivers, We are going to try Black Hole barrels, they have a match grade barrel that has a polygon rifling that is supposed to be a bit faster than standard rifling and also much easier to clean. We'll see.
Have you decided on a barrel yet?
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