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The Perfect AR for Coyote Hunting

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Scot43, Sep 15, 2014.

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  1. Scot43

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    I've owned several ARs but my keeper, without reservation, is my Rock River Arms coyote carbine. It is devoid of any after market toys added to it. The 16" barrel, Hogue over-molded free floated forend and grip are perfect for year around use. The skeleton stock eliminates excess weight and the rifle is a joy to carry as a walking/calling varmint rifle. I have a Leupold 3x9x40 scope mounted which is ideal for its suited purpose. How does it shoot? 1/2" MOA or less with 50 grain Noslers and CFE 223 Just checked it out prior to coyote season and the group measured .376" @ 100 yds. This rifle has earned its keep.

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  2. Hardtarget

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    You've set your rifle up really nice. I really like how compact the fore end and gas block area looks.

    That is the part of my AR that could use improvement. Mine looks a little bulky.

    Impressive group sizes. Pity the dog in front of your gun!
    Just curious...how long did you search for your "go to" load? Still looking for "the one" for my gun.

    Wishing you good hunting!

    Mark
     
  3. Jackal

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    The perfect AR for coyotes? Any of them, with a scope .:D I will say though, while I certainly love the solidarity of the skeleton stock, it is heavier than a collapsible. Then again, if your not using a pencil barrel, that doesnt really matter at all.
     
  4. silicosys4

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    I've got an RRA coyote carbine. It's been a very accurate and reliable AR for me. I do like the hogue free floating handguard, its well suited to the purpose.
    Mine is an earlier one, it's got a standard sliding stock on it, and I think I'd rather have the fixed stock you've got on yours.
    Nice gun!
     
  5. Dr. Sandman

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    Don't see too many Leupolds on ARs. I think I like it!
     
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    I like it. I took mine coyote hunting a couple years ago and with the longer handguard and some of the extra accessories on it it's heavier than I'd prefer for coyote hunting. Yours looks more like the perfect balance of form and function.

    Especially Leupolds that aren't the Mark AR series!
     
  7. RainDodger

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    I have the same RRA, in a 20". It's a better varmint rifle than a couple of my "real" varmint rifles. :) Mine is primarily for use off the bench or bipod, so I put a Leupold Mark AR, 3-9X on it, with a Leupold mount. Love it. You'll have a blast with yours.
     
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    Nice setup!

    No, nothing aftermarket. You had all the aftermarket stuff installed first at the factory, LOL. I didn't know they came with Leupold scopes. I don't see that option on the RRA coyote page.
     
  9. edmo01

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    Here is one of my guns which I pieced together earlier this year...

    The parts are from various makers and I've owned this 1-9 twist 16" Colt heavy barrel since 1985. It started off attached to an A1 upper and has morphed to what you see here.

    The target was from 100 yards off the bench when zeroing the scope with bulk 55 grain FMJ ball ammo. This barrel still shoots if I can hold it steady.

    Edmo

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  10. ApacheCoTodd

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    Nice set-up SCOT

    My perfect is still my 9mm.

    Given how and where I use it I have never yet wished to pop the .223 upper on it. Standard Winchester NATO ball and a fixed 4 power scope. Almost no recoil, quite silent, inexpensive, easy re-load.

    Someday I'll get around to suppressing it. One of the things I've enjoyed with the nine is that coyotes will go to the site of a soft impact in soil or plant matter from the nine and my pal's .223s seem to more alert them than attract them.
     
  11. jmorris

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    Mine is pretty plane Jane too except for the suppressor.


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    Mine has had a little modification. It started life as a S&W M&P AO. Changed the handguard to a free float aluminum tube, added a 3x9x40 Leupold scope, JP trigger spring kit, five round mag, and a home made pistol grip and sling mounts. It's light and very accurate with my hand loads.
     
  13. dvdcrr

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    We used to shoot a lot of coyotes in the 80's when they were worth money. We used a nice Rem in 223 and a ruger 6mm 24" heavy barrel. I think the barrel length helps increase reach especially in the wind. I think I would favor a 20" floating upper like the old bushmaster predator. 20" fluted straight contour.
     
  14. TIMC

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    My idea of the perfect coyote AR is the 6.5 Grendel.
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  15. arizona98tj

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    TIMC, I agree 100%. The 6.5 Grendel makes for a great varmint rifle and does equally well on whitetails. Using the same rifle for both just makes sense, IMO. ;)

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