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Old June 15, 2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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Whats your Predator rifle and whats it used for?

when it comes to hunting i have a certain load out for ever type of game for Small game (squirrels, Rabbit, Coyote, Hogs, and anything else that is about 150lbs or less) i use a:
RIFLE: Remington 700 .243, or Marlin 336w 30-30 (30-30 mainly for hogs)
Handgun: Heritage Rough rider .22lr, Ruger 22/45, etc (Mainly any .22 handgun i own just as a last stand).
for big game (Elk , bear, moose ) my personal load out is
RIFLE: Remington 700 CDL 7mm Rem Mag.
Handgun- S&W 629 .44 Magnum Revolver.
what about you guys? What Rifles/Handguns do you use for Hunting Small/Large Game? Caliber? Scopes? pictures are welcome! happy hunting!

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Old June 15, 2012, 02:08 PM   #2
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I use a mini14 for Hogs on down to possum. With the el cheapie bushnell banner illuminated scope. I have a semi-homemade spotlight that clips to the scope. I modified the light to accept an easily found 12v h3 motorcycle bulb powered by a fanny pack with feeder batteries.
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Old June 15, 2012, 02:13 PM   #3
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nice setup

thats a nice setup i have shot the mini 14, but i don't own one. by the way bushnell banner scopes may be cheap but they are good for a starter intill money is available for something better like a Leupold. i have a bushnell on one of my Remington 700s right know while i save for a Leupold. Bagged any hogs this year Ricky? Happy hunting.
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Old June 15, 2012, 02:26 PM   #4
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I've had a slow year on hogs this year, but I've gotten lots of reports of hogs in the area in the last couple of weeks. Last year there was more hogs than ever. I expect with all the rain they will be full force again.

LOL, I use the cheap scopes because I fall at times Lol, and my ranges arent too far. The banners do give a decent scope for the money.
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Old June 15, 2012, 02:28 PM   #5
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Same here. Last year i took a decent about for me, but this year i have only been out once. my Aunt owns a bunch of land and said that they are having some serious issues with hogs, so i might be getting the count up pretty soon.
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Old June 15, 2012, 10:08 PM   #6
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I use a 223 for front yard (front pasture) hunting. That's the occasional skunk, pig, and whatever. In the back pastures these days I use the 260 but sometimes take the 220. For the front yard rifle I'll be testing loads for the next couple of days. I may switch from the 65 grain Gameking to a smaller bullet like the 35 grain Nosler Nolead, the 40 grain Nosler BT or the Varmint Grenade - to make sure the bullet frags on impact with whatever it hits.
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Old June 15, 2012, 10:56 PM   #7
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.308 Howa 1500 Custom Varmint
- Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50
- Harris Bipod
- Dead Nutz one piece scope mount

- Vortex Viper PA 3.5-10x50
- Burris Tactical Rings (high)
- Daniel Defense 1 O'clock mount
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- QD Harris Bipod

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Old June 15, 2012, 11:45 PM   #8
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Well, I actually don't have one yet. In a week or so I plan on buying a H&R Handi Rifle in .223 and putting a 3-9x40 scope on it.
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Old June 16, 2012, 03:12 PM   #9
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For coyotes 25-06.
For small stuff. 22-250
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Old June 16, 2012, 04:42 PM   #10
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For predators here in Missouri coyotes and smaller I normally reach for Rem 700 vssf 22-250 or Rem 700 6mm bdl and if their runnin' in packs? I reach for either Colt A2 or A3 Hbars.
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Old June 16, 2012, 04:44 PM   #11
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Remington Model 700 bdl .222 rem for coyotes and other critters of the night.
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Old June 16, 2012, 04:50 PM   #12
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I go with a T/C single shot in 7-30 Waters with 140gr Barnes sst moving out at around 2200 f/s. One shot kills on pigs with head shots.
Single shot T/C in 204Ruger for critters up to ground hogs, 32gr Nosler HP at 4000 f/s. Pfff they disappear.
From deer to black bear Marlin lever action 444 with 290gr hard cat leasd Missouri. Brutal knock down inside 100yds.
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Old June 16, 2012, 05:50 PM   #13
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I have 3 rifles I use the most.
Stag AR.223 with 3x9x50 Leupold. Armadillas,Bobcats,coyotes. pigs.Groundhog.

Ruger MKII 25-06 with 4x16x 50 Simmons. Deer,bigger hogs,coyotes,Long range groundhogs.Most everything,Love My 25-06.

7600 Remington pump in 270WIN.with2.5 x10x50 pro50, Deer,Black bear,hogs,Coyotes.

Remington 700 Custom in 300WIN MAG with custom 6x24x50 High turret mill dot Leupold. Big hogs.Blackbear,Elk. Long range work.
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Old June 16, 2012, 05:57 PM   #14
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I've posted this before....... And a gratuitous pile of dead piggies.

The mini has a new stock on it now, I was beating the crap out of the wood.

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Old June 18, 2012, 11:17 PM   #15
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My 2 main long range rifles are a Savage 10 FCP in 308 and a Savage 12 FV in .223. I use both of these for everything, and I mean litterally everything. If Im hunting I usually have one of these two in my hands.

My loads are:

Sav. model 12FV is Ultramax is Nosler Balistic Tip in 55 grain. Its taken everything from stripped gophers to deer.

Sav. model 10 FCP is winchester power point 150 grain.

These two guns with factory ammo and a Nikon prostaff 4-12x40 BDC can shoot one hole groups at 100 and they dont open up much at 300. I regularly kill p-dogs at 500+ yards with both rifles.

Now if Im horseback I usually have my Heritage Rough Rider in 357 mag or my Puma m92 in the same caliber. Ive only shot coyotes and crows with these two guns but they are my shorter range guns.
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Old June 19, 2012, 09:47 PM   #16
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Remington 722 in 257 Roberts. 27 inch semi bull list barrel. Takes about anything up to a white tail.
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Old June 19, 2012, 10:31 PM   #17
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.222 winchester model 70 with heavy varmint barrel and fancy wood stock. wife bought it new for me for xmas of 78. it is amazingly acurate and fun to shoot.
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Old June 19, 2012, 10:37 PM   #18
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I like my .270win. The 130gr bullets will take care of anything large enough I care to shoot, and the 90gr hollowpoints will turn a fox or coyote inside out.
Just remember, when you pull the trigger, the bullets come out going very, very fast. So make sure to keep the weapon pointing away from you.
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Old June 19, 2012, 10:38 PM   #19
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I have two 20 gauge guns, a 500 Mossberg and a '53 Stevens 5100 and a .22 Winchester 190 with irons...

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Old June 20, 2012, 04:49 AM   #20
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my predator rifle is my current project gun. A pre-64 model 94 in .25-35. When it's finished (hopefully I live long enough ) it should fill that niche nicely.
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Old June 20, 2012, 12:56 PM   #21
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.22-250 P-dogs - Coyotes
25-06 Coyotes to Elk
300 Win Mag Deer to Bear

These are my three calibers I hunt with
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Old June 20, 2012, 01:00 PM   #22
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Crossman .177 pellet rifle,,,

I shoot the *%%&^(&^*^&)*(&* Grackle birds who poop on my motorcycle.


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Old June 21, 2012, 06:41 AM   #23
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Savage 10 Predator in .243 with brush camo and a Weaver Super Slam EBX 2X10X50, its pretty mean on deer too. 90grn Nosler BT over 45.5grns of 4831SC for a velocity of 3250FPS.
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Old June 21, 2012, 11:14 AM   #24
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Whats your Predator rifle and whats it used for?

Well lets see here. It's a model 7 walnut stocked Rem. It has a Bushnell Trophy scope made in Japan and it's tighten down with Leupold QRW rings. Caliber 223.
Predators: Anything I consider a nuisance or a pest to me while on my property. To date the rifle has only been fired at 4-legged creatures. i.e. coyotes, fox, and the occasional feral cat caught in the act of terrorizing my bird feeders while at my cabin.

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Old June 22, 2012, 10:21 AM   #25
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Browning BL-22. Used on big snapping turtles. Yep, they are predators too..... I could show you many examples of my expensive fish with big "V"-shaped hunks missing from them.
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