Thread: Coyote gun
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Old January 23, 2012, 08:12 PM   #3
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Actually, "coyote gun" can mean any of many different things.

What many consider a "coyote gun" is heavy, with a long barrel, and it'll usually shoot tiny groups.

But for me it means a calling rifle. When calling coyotes, shots are, more often than not, close in and fast. A short barreled, small caliber rifle that's light and handy works great. Accuracy is good if the rifle has it, but it's not required for this type of hunting. A long shot on a called coyote is 300 yards, and that's about as far as I care to shoot at one with a .17 Rem or .223. If the rifle will shoot inch and a half groups at 100 yards, I'd not frown on it. I can shoot tiny little bug-hole groups with my .17 Rem, but it doesn't make a lick of difference when shooting at a moving coyote at close range.

My advice is to decide ahead of time how you intend to hunt with the rifle, and build it according to your needs. It's all a matter of perspective.

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