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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 11:48 pm    Post subject: Coyote #63 Reply with quote

My first varmint rifle was my .22LR. Frankly it was pretty disappointing on coyotes, although I dispatched several with it. Then Dad gave me an old .22-250 and I never looked back. Shot the barrel out of that one, got a new 26” Ruger M77 MKII VT (heavy barrel, stainless, laminate stock) and fell in love. Sold the old .22-250 and bought a used 22” Ruger M77 in .257 Roberts. Later I bought a used Leupold 4.5-14x for the Roberts and it has since become my favorite coyote gun.

A few weeks ago the Roberts shot a 3-shot, 100-yard group that measured 0.232” center-to-center. This morning I put that accuracy to work.

The day broke clear and cold, mid-teens, with no wind. We had 2” of two-day old snow on the ground. I was up on a hillside shortly after shooting light, watching the brush on the far side of the dry wash down below. The range to the brush averaged about 225 yards at the closest points. After a few minutes I thought I detected some motion out in the grass beyond the brush but try as I might I couldn’t find a coyote. Before writing it off as birds or a figment of my imagination, I decided to use the binoculars to search the area. After a few moments I spotted a coyote behind a few wisps of knee-high grass, the only thing remotely resembling cover on the barren hillside. I estimated the range at 350 yards, lined up the crosshairs, and squeezed the trigger.

And missed. The coyote ran further away, then stopped. I estimated the range now at 500 yards. Normally the coyotes will turn broadside to get a good look at me, but this one was facing straight away with only his head turned back. I estimated the bullet drop at 22”, held the crosshairs an estimated 18” over its back, and squeezed the trigger a second time, taking the ‘Texas heart shot’. The coyote dropped, then struggled back to its feet. It managed a few yards at a walk before I got the crosshairs lined up, still 18” high but in front of its nose this time. I squeezed the trigger a third time and the coyote dropped for good with a solid hit to the lungs.

The load was a 75g V-MAX running 3609fps as it leaves the barrel. This gun is nothing but sweet!

FWIW, the first shot was absolutely fatal, but not immediately. The V-MAX had done tremendous damage but not to the vitals. This is exactly why I won’t take such a shot at big game, even with a hunting bullet.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 12:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Coyote #63 Reply with quote

Nice shooting C_H. You have now peaked my interest on the .257 Roberts. I have been trying to develop a load for my Ruger but haven't as yet been successful. If I might ask, what powder have you been using with the V-Max? I was able to get my Ruger 6mm to be a quality long range shooter at yotes, but wound up giving it away to my son. At any rate nice going.-tr

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 7:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Coyote #63 Reply with quote

moose2 -

My load is as follows:

WW +P brass trimmed to minimum
CCI 250 primer
46.0g H4895
Hornady 75g V-MAX
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 7:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Coyote #63 Reply with quote

Thanks for the info C_H. I hadn't tried H4895 yet. --tr

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 7:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Coyote #63 Reply with quote

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Congrads on #63, good report on the hunt too! Smile

Keep after em' Very Happy







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