In addition to the 338 Win mag I aquired recently I've also gone ahead and stepped into the world of the 'black gun' and couldn't be happier! With predator hunting being one of my main pursuits it was only a matter of time. My hunting partner recently purchased a Rock River Arms AR and after seeing it and the accuracy he was achieving I could no longer resist. I've often thought that for coyotes it's almost a perfect choice for those situations where multiple shots are offered. And, with the accuracy these rifles are attaining what more can one ask for? I actually purchased this from my pred hunting partners bro who doesn't hunt but is a ravenous collector of AR's. He purchased it thinking he'd get into yote hunting with his bro, but never really got serious about it and after less then 150 rounds thru it offered it to me for a very good deal. He had a collapsible stock put on it and mounted a Burris Fullfield II 4.5 to 14 scope on it which I received in the deal. The mounts are a little low for my liking to get a good cheek weld, but for now I can deal with it until I get some higher mounts. Other then that I'm sitting pretty good. Got out yesterday after picking up some Hornady 55 gr V-Max and even though the wind wasnt helping (10 to 12 mile gusts) trying to shoot between gusts I was able to get 3/4 to 1 inch 3 shot groups and sighted her in 1 and a quarter inch high. Happen to be P-dogs on this property and caught one slipping showing himself while I was on our makeshift bench and after giving him a slight compensation for the breeze nailed him at a walked off 230 yards.
The rifle is a Bushmaster V-Match with a match grade 24 inch barrel (I like the velocity advantage of longer barrels, but may get a shorter 20 inch upper down the road) and is a little heavy, but nothing I can't handle while walking the coyote country. I will now have to get some 223 reloading dies and get down to finding the combo this gun really loves in terms of accuracy and a good bullet for predator punching. I love my Savage Model 10 Predator bolt 22-250 but he's going to have some competition for awhile when I grab a rifle from the safe for yote slaying..
Here she is: