Ar-15 for coyotes

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Redneck420, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Redneck420

    Redneck420 New Member

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    I got an Sun devils© Ar-15 .223/5.56 for christmas and I want to go coyote hunting with it and want to know what bullet type and grain weight is best. I plan to sell the furs.
     
  2. russ

    russ New Member

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    Honestly it depends more on the gun than the intended target for grain weight. What is the barrel length and twist rate?
     

  3. Redneck420

    Redneck420 New Member

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    16 1/2 " r•o•t : unknown
     
  4. treehugger49

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    I'd go with either Hornady's 53 grain V-MAX Superperformance or their 55 grain V-MAX.
     
  5. russ

    russ New Member

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    Twist rate should be stamped on the barrel somewhere. 1:7 or 1:9 most likely. This will impact the ability to stabilize the flight of your projectile and choosing the correct weight of projectile will matter if you're trying to make a clean hit on something as small as a coyote. If you have a 1:9 twist, you might be OK with those light bullets, but if you have a 1:7, you will want a heavier bullet like a 68-69 gr. HP.
     
  6. barnjoer

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    If you are going to sell the fur you had better use FMJ or the buyers won't give you crap for the fur. Now this guy we use the 338 on!!![​IMG]
     
  7. Redneck420

    Redneck420 New Member

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    I have some mil-spec 5.56 fmj. I think military ammo.of this caliber is somewere in the 60 grain area. are those effective/ethical for coyotes?
     
  8. Redneck420

    Redneck420 New Member

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    I am assuming boat-tailed.
     
  9. russ

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    As long as your shot placement is good, I see no ethics issues.
     
  10. owdiss

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    I use American eagle varmint works great and if u can find it it's around $8 a box of 20. so it's not a expensive ammo well it mite be now tho with every place being sold out
     
  11. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Did you buy this used? Anyway, I'd take a minute to find out what twist it is.
     
  12. Redneck420

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    As far as I know, it was fresh off the line.
     
  13. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Plain old M193 ball (55 gr FMJ) is as good as anything out there for coyotes.
     
  14. CamoToe1

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    Ball ammo will do the job, just be sure to hunt responsibly. If you are hunting wide open areas they'll be fine. I hunt IL farm land and there's usually homes within a mile or two. The soft points will break up on impact whereas the ball ammo has a higher risk of ricochet. I use 55gr vmaxes in a 1:7 twist 16" barrel.
     
  15. ronl

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    I have a dedicated AR varmint 20" 1-9 rifle. I use 60gr Sierra HP's and 55gr. Hornady V-max bullets. They work very well. I do load my own rounds.
     
  16. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    I would not skin and case a coyote pelt for what they sell for. We can get $50 dollars bounty for the lower jaws. That is a much better deal. The 55 grs. expanding bullets work well in the AR-15. There is no hard fast rule on bullet weights and twist rates. You must shoot different loads in you rifle to find out what works.