Hey guys,my brother-in-law said one of the single shot rifles and not just the oncore,I think he said the new england firearms single shot can convert to other calibers as well as shotgun,just by changes the barrels.Does any body know if that is true and which one?Drop-Shot
Hi dislocatedokie,since I have a 223 remington I think a good single shot in 17 HMR would be a great coyote round for wide open spaces,Have you had a chance to bust one yet?The 17 would not make too big a hole,and I'm thinking that would be a great gun for yotes,what do you think?Drop-shot
IMHO, stick with the .223 at least for 'yotes. I have not had a chance to shoot any up here in WA state, in fact have only seen about 3 or 4 in the almost 6 years I have lived here. My coyote hunting has been limited to OK and TX, and I would not have expected a reasonable chance of a kill on them with a .17HMR. We hunted coyotes to stop livestock predation, not for furs. The state of Oklahoma paid a bounty for ears by the pair, so hide damage was not a concern, and we often used earless-carcasses to bait an area for more 'yotes. We usually used deer rifles (.30-06, .243, .30-30, etc.) or shotguns, depending on the hunting situation. Many of the packs we hunted had bred with dogs and averaged nearly 60 pounds each. I saw #4 buckshot at 30 yards out of a 12 GA full choke fail to make a clean kill at times on these critters. We baited them many times with a live baby lamb and flood lights, and got shots under 10 yards on most of these ocassions. The floodlights pop on, everyone opens up and it sounds like a war zone!
We used to give my buddy grief about "jsut scaring them off" when he brought out his .243 to hunt with us...I can only imagine what those guys are saying about the .17HMR!!! But, last Saturday I picked up an SB2 receiver with a .243 barrel and a 3-9x40 scope on it at the gun show for a fair price. I guess I have joined the ranks of the "coyote scarers" now!
Thanks dislocatedokie,I guess I was just trying to justifiy a new gun.The 223 is probly the round I have had more success with on preaditors than even the 22 mag.When I was a kid we would find some thing dead and stinking,place it 25 yards away.climb a tree and do the dieing rabbit call and wait.Never shoot lead dogs.Out posts and tag alongs in the back with a 22 short.When the lead dog starta to eat I would take the out posts and tag alongs first and the main bunch was too busy eating to hear the pop,untill it was time.I took 4 yotes one day and 5 the next.As a kid we got 2.00 per dog at the co-op and I broke the bank several times ,they would give me an IOU and send me back to get more.The yotes are smarter now but back in montana I took my share.I just got my deer and elk tags and am only a few hours from you,If you have not procured a hunting spot,I might be able to give you a few Ideas.Drop-Shot
I have several NEFs with multiple barrels on almost all. I have .17HMR, .223, .243, 30-06, .35 Whelen, 45-70, .50cal, 28ga, 20ga, and 12ga.
I carry the 30-06 Handi, almost exclussively in the woods. I can hit a wolf at 600 yards regulerlly. I have a Shepard scope on it. This rifle takes a beating, I carry it on the handlebars of my motorcycle, fourwheeler, snowmachine, or lying on the dash of my track rig, or behind the seat of my pickup, or strapped to the windshield frame of my dune buggy. The Sheppard is my third scope on this rifle, a Tasco, and a Bushnell, did not hold up.
I have a 45-70 and a 223. As far as shotguns go, I have a 410, trackerII 20 ga., and a sidekick ML. :mrgreen: Got the 223 last Friday and taking it to the range tomorrow to sight it in.! :shock: Got a 4-12x40 scope mounted on it.
hey masterblaster! i wouldn't get the .500 s&w. cost way to much to shoot. even if you reload. i have a .45-70 nef. and i reload. i can load a round that is really close to the ...500, for around $0.65 each. thats $13.00 per box of 20. how much are those ..500 s&w's ?????????