View Full Version : Whats your Predator rifle and whats it used for?

June 15, 2012, 01:59 PM
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!

June 15, 2012, 02:08 PM
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.

June 15, 2012, 02:13 PM
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.

June 15, 2012, 02:26 PM
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.

June 15, 2012, 02:28 PM
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.
Happy Hunting! :)

June 15, 2012, 10:08 PM
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.

June 15, 2012, 10:56 PM
.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
- Burris Fast Fire II
- QD Harris Bipod

Howa for lazy/short hunts. RRA for run and gun.

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June 15, 2012, 11:45 PM
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.

June 16, 2012, 03:12 PM
For coyotes 25-06.
For small stuff. 22-250
For bruins 378 Weatherby Mk V.

June 16, 2012, 04:42 PM
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? :D I reach for either Colt A2 or A3 Hbars.

June 16, 2012, 04:44 PM
Remington Model 700 bdl .222 rem for coyotes and other critters of the night.

June 16, 2012, 04:50 PM
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.

June 16, 2012, 05:50 PM
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.

June 16, 2012, 05:57 PM
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.


June 18, 2012, 11:17 PM
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.

June 19, 2012, 09:47 PM
Remington 722 in 257 Roberts. 27 inch semi bull list barrel. Takes about anything up to a white tail.

June 19, 2012, 10:31 PM
.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.

Dr. Strangelove
June 19, 2012, 10:37 PM
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.

June 19, 2012, 10:38 PM
I have two 20 gauge guns, a 500 Mossberg and a '53 Stevens 5100 and a .22 Winchester 190 with irons...

The 20's handle all that walks or flies this continent with the right load...
Slugs for BIG game... Shot for everything else...

The .22... well there ain't much I gotta add...


June 20, 2012, 04:49 AM
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 :rolleyes:) it should fill that niche nicely.

Steel Talon
June 20, 2012, 12:56 PM
.22-250 P-dogs - Coyotes
25-06 Coyotes to Elk
300 Win Mag Deer to Bear

These are my three calibers I hunt with

June 20, 2012, 01:00 PM
I shoot the *%%&^(&^*^&)*(&* Grackle birds who poop on my motorcycle.



June 21, 2012, 06:41 AM
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.

Sure Shot Mc Gee
June 21, 2012, 11:14 AM
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.

aarondhgraham: That's got to be the all time a classic thread. You deserve a trophy for that one. lol _:D

June 22, 2012, 10:21 AM
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. :mad:

June 22, 2012, 01:56 PM
I love all your choices, i would be in favor of shooting hogs with .223 due to easy follow up shots, but i have so much in my small game rifle already that i don't have 1,000 for an AR, right now. I have a chance to buy one of two guns right now, either a Beretta 92fs 9mm that i would use for a side arm for shooting Hogs, or i can get a WASR ak-47 ( for plinking, and i could set it up for hunting for the occasional challenge :) ) which gun should i get, which ever i pick i won't be getting the other for a long time so i don't what to choose wrong on this one.

June 22, 2012, 02:10 PM
Whats your Predator rifle and whats it used for?

My predator rifle is whatever rifle I have in my hand while I'm hunting predators.........it could be the .17HMR , the .223, or the ought-six. Sometimes I prefer the 12 ga.

....and I use it for, you guessed it, predators.

June 22, 2012, 09:11 PM
wow, i bet you sat in your Parents basement for hours thinking of that sentence, thinking it would come across as something cool? and somehow you thought that it would somehow touch my heart and hurt my feelings? :)
have a nice day

Willie Lowman
June 22, 2012, 10:52 PM
My predator rifle is a Colt Hbar II lower with a RRA stainless flat top upper. It has a Z-51 night vision scope.

I mostly use it for the sake of conversation. People start talking about hunting coyotes or pigs or such and I break out my night-vision-AR-15 and get a few oohhs and aahhs then it goes back in the safe... :rolleyes:

June 23, 2012, 12:27 AM
yeah, with an investment like that it belongs in the safe! i have a friend who has some kind of night vision scope he said its a Jager pro or something like that, he said its the same one that this pro. hog hunting crew use all over the states to control those beast. i was with him when he bought it.... 6,500! if yours is anything like that then i have some serious respect for the quality you have in your AR, im not much of an AR person ( not because i don't like them, i love them and i wish i owned one, but heck i get to shoot one of my dads all the time when we do run and gun drills so im not in a hurry to buy one) anyway thats a nice setup, i like my remington 700 bdl, ive always had a soft spot for a nice wood stock. take care!

June 23, 2012, 12:48 AM
I get so very little time to hunt anymore .... I use one rifle for pretty much all my hunting (save that which must be done with a shotgun).... prairie dogs to deer (and maybe Elk in the future- G-Pa got one with this same rifle, so it's possible), it's my .270 WIN.

June 23, 2012, 12:50 AM
$6,500? Divide that by the # of coyotes you kill with that and they are pretty spendy, unless you are killling a whole lot of them on a reglar basis!

June 23, 2012, 08:16 AM
Dang, my scope costed 79$. My "night vision" is a red light made out of 30$ worth of parts, some used.

June 23, 2012, 10:06 PM
yeah, i don't know how many he gets, but he owns around 200 acres, and the closest property to his is a state park that firearms are not aloud in. so they come on to his property all the time. i have never been to his house and not seen atleast one. he prob. takes close to a hundred a year, maybe not that much but he gets one nearly every other day.

June 23, 2012, 11:41 PM
My predator rifle is just a plain DPMS AR15.
It has a 16"pencil bbl,free float tube TRS25 Reddot and a flashlight.
It's accounted for everything from rabbits to hogs. Mainly Coyotes!!

June 24, 2012, 12:13 AM
My predator rifle is whatever rifle I have in my hand while I'm hunting predators.........it could be the .17HMR , the .223, or the ought-six. Sometimes I prefer the 12 ga.

....and I use it for, you guessed it, predators.

Yup. I've used 22mag, 223, 243, 22 hornet, 45 colt, 45-70, 30-30, 30-06 and possibly my favorite: the 12GA. Shotgunning coyotes in the thick stuff is pretty awesome.

My sentiments on coyotes is that they're good for putting bullets into. All my guns will do that. Can't wait to flog one with my 50 Beowulf.

June 24, 2012, 12:32 AM
I like it because it's light, accurate and cheap to shoot!

lt dan
June 24, 2012, 06:59 AM
what is your predator gun and what is it used for?

416 rigby and with regards to predators I use it on lion and Hyena. all softnose. for leopard I use 308 with v-max (110grn) or 243 with v-max(87grn)
out of a hide with bait

June 24, 2012, 12:32 PM
wow didn't expect to here from an african hunter, i mostly figured i would hear from coyote hunters. nice setup

June 26, 2012, 10:57 PM
7STW Win, just sometimes you feel mean,used for anything that might need shooting.

July 3, 2012, 10:53 PM
I use my O3A3 for everything, from problem black bears to coyotes. One load only ... 180 Noslers or Barnes.

I know the rifle, and the load, and predators provide hunting practice. If you are not eating them, what does the caliber matter to you?

July 6, 2012, 11:12 AM
For coyotes I only get out to hunt them from Dec - early March, in the woods, max range approx. 150 yds:

Mini-14 synthetic taped up with snow camo + Beretta 391 also taped.

Michigan rules for after sunset require rimfire and no slugs or buckshot for the shotguns - I switch to a Browning T-Bolt in .22 Mag synthetic and use BB or BBB in the shotgun.

Around the house I use a Savage MK II in .22LR with a Sparrow Suppressor - CCI CB (longs or shorts) - very quiet and surprisingly accurate.

July 6, 2012, 01:15 PM
Here in Wyoming we have 2 "classes" of predators to deal with.
#1 is what everyone deals with.
Coyotes, foxes, coons, skunks, feral cats and so on.
I believe the very best all around tool for dealing with these kind of animals is an AR-15 with a good scope.

The 2nd class has only one animal in it. Grizzly bears.
There are best dealt with using the most powerful arm you can shoot WELL. A good hit with a 270 is WAY better than a bad hit with a 458, but I am sure that's not news to anyone here. A good hit with a 12 gauge slug, 458, 416 or 375H&H is better still.

One animal that fits somewhere in-between and can be handled with either the big gun or the AR, or any other gun you can hit them with is wolves.
They would die about like any 100-150 pound dog would die I am sure.

Any rifle or handgun is ok for any animal on the list #1 list as long as you can make good hits with it, but some work easier and better than others.

I have killed many coyotes with 22 long rifles, but I prefer a 222 or 223. Predators are not usually eaten, and we are mostly concerned with "makin-um-dead" and not too concerned about how they get that way.