Predator rifle?


Gary O
February 3, 2012, 11:27 AM
I think probably that a 22-250 should be the cartridge of choice for Nevada 'yotes. But I can't seem to decide on a bolt action or an AR platform. How much scope do I need for that? What say you?

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Vern Humphrey
February 3, 2012, 11:33 AM
The .22-250 is most traditionally used in a bolt action. A moderate level variable scope would probably be best -- I like Leupolds.

February 3, 2012, 12:34 PM
I'm not even sure anyone has an AR in that caliber. It would have to be a custom rifle on a .308 size AR platform.

February 3, 2012, 01:48 PM
Olympic builds a .22-250 ar, now idea the cost tho. Personally if you want a .22-250, id stick with a bolt or single shot. A 24" AR-10 based rifle is going to be heavier then pretty much anything else. Thats personal preference tho, I like longer barrels, and lighter guns, go figgure LOL.

As for a scope id chose a 3-9 or a 4-12/16. Nikon would be MY first choice, but again thats just personal preference, i think the other majors produce good products also.

February 3, 2012, 02:15 PM
white oak armament .204 Ruger AR upper - doesnt get any better!

February 3, 2012, 03:58 PM
.243 comes in an AR platform. would be a good round. As far as scope 4.5-14 will do really good for hunting. for target work then I would go to higher power. but hunting most of the time you will set it on 6-8 power and that is what you will shoot at.

Art Eatman
February 3, 2012, 09:16 PM
I'd go bolt-action, myself. Scope? 3x9x40 or maybe 4x14x40 will do just fine. Night time when calling, 3X is better for light and field of view, since the shots are generally closer. FWIW, I've had no trouble with prairie dogs to 300 with 7X, so 9X oughta be plenty good for coyotes...

February 3, 2012, 09:22 PM
Bolt, in whatever caliber you like. I chose .223 for its ease of reloading.

If I went varmint hunting with an AR I'd go through ten times the ammo and not hit any more critters.

February 3, 2012, 09:50 PM
Do care about the pelts, or just want to put the critters down?

If just making them dead is your goal, there are a number of good options. Personally, I would use my 6mm Rem. with 65 Gr. V-max for that.

However, I save the pelts, so my coyote rifle is a .17 Rem.-chambered 700 LVSF with a weaver V-16 UFCH. The lightning-fast little round is devastating once on the inside, but leaves a BB-sized entry hole and pretty much never exits, so the pelts are pristine. .22-250 and the like, OTOH, tend to leave gaping exit wounds on an average sized 'yote.

This female never knew what hit her. Neck shot; Bang, flop. No exit.

February 3, 2012, 09:55 PM
I really agree on the 22-250 with 50-55 gr. ammo. My dad shot a hell of a lot of em with a 6 power weaver, so I would say anything over 4X would be good. The thing is if they are moving the higher powers make it harder to make a good shot.

February 4, 2012, 11:39 AM
I have to admit that for coyotes, I much prefer a bolt gun to any other action type. It's not a high volume of fire activity. In the high desert I hunt them in, range and accuracy are more important.

My pick, might be considered a bit out there, and even outdated, but I'd suggest looking at the 25-06.

February 4, 2012, 12:43 PM
A .223 is coyote-lethal at 400 yards from a 16" barrel in my experience, maybe more.
I'd go with a bolt gun in .204 or .308, though, for a dedicated coyote gun. My AR has sufficed at the task during my visits with friends in Montana and the mid-west.

I always used a 1-4x or 1-6x scope.

February 4, 2012, 12:48 PM
I like 22-250, 204, and 17 fireball. But a dpms 243l would fit the bill with 75 gr. BTHP from Hornady. Actually that would be a great rig for me!

February 4, 2012, 02:10 PM
Bolt: .243 is a great all around predator platform.....

AR: I'd check out the 6.8 SPC II.....

Just a thought.....

February 4, 2012, 02:28 PM
I have heard that the problem with a 22-250 in an AR platform is that the cases are too angled, they have problems making them feed reliably. I just inherited a Remington 700 VSSF in 22-250, which I love, but I am also building an AR-10 in .243.

February 4, 2012, 02:33 PM
I looked on Olympic's web site, I couldn't find a 22-250.

February 4, 2012, 02:40 PM

I pulled it up with google, dont know crap about it one way or t'other

February 4, 2012, 02:45 PM
I have heard that the problem with a 22-250 in an AR platform is that the cases are too angled, they have problems making them feed reliably.

Magazine can deal with that.

The biggest issue is that they're an in-between size, not really appropriate for AR-10 actions but too long for AR-15 platforms.

I'm sure if there were enough demand, it would exist. But the .204 basically gives .22-250 performance while working in an unmodified AR-15 receiver and magazines. It just makes more sense.

February 5, 2012, 01:47 AM
Ok, I didn't see it because I was looking under hunting rifles. They are using a lengthened mag well. It is great if it works well, I just smell a lot of non-standard parts.

February 5, 2012, 07:04 AM
I would get a 233, a RRA Coyote Carbine with a 3-9x40mm Nikon Buckmaster scope.

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