Well, if some young YooTube hot dog was wounding coyotes with a 5.56 AR, he might have just been some punk who can't even shoot. The gun and its 22 bore might not be totally at fault here. Maybe he needs to go to a range and learn how to even shoot. I don't know what the precise kill zone is on a 'yote but I'd make every effort to learn about it before taking up yoating for sport. As a sporstman of good conscience, I would always make it my goal to kill a legal animal decisively and to religiously follow up any unfortunate wounding that might occur by slim chance. A good hunting dog can help with the efficient and expeditious finding of any cripples.
I found this video and NOW I'm convinced 5.56 ammo (even zapped from the barrel of an AR platform, which some question the accuracy of downrange ) can take yotes ethically depending upon the chap at the trigger
. I might use heavier bullets than 32 grain. I would never shoot at the animal on the run with a rifle. One dog took 4 shots to keep down. If necessary, I would suddenly hike downrange to finish a crippled animal. This pertains to yotes or any other critter.
Your video is an excellent example of calling coyotes in open country. The videos show the deep sage in some areas, wind and weeds in others. What you do not see the number of misses or the coyotes that nobody ever saw because they saw or winded us first. But, a very good depiction of keeping the numbers of coyotes down which is needed in many areas.
Where did you get the 32 grain bullets for coyotes? Maybe it was said in the video and I missed it. I have sought after the tiny bullets myself since about 1976 and the smallest I have found is the 34 grain "Dogtown" brand. I am aware that there is reloading data for the 30, 32, 34, 35 and 36 grain bullets and Midway has them sometimes. But have never seen them or ever heard of anyone using them on coyotes. They are designed for the 22 Hornet and a couple other rounds. The reason they do not use them is because usually you need a 1/12 rifle twist or they will not stabilize. The commercial 223 and 5.56 guns usually have a 1/8 or 1/9 twist. Lots have 1/7. Bigger/longer bullets that work well in the 223 call for a bullet that is twisted faster while going down the barrel. The problem is usually a guy who does not know and buys an AR chambered in .223 and does not notice that it has a 1/9 and then tries the
I am always amused at people who buy an AR or varmint gun, go to the range and have bullets that keyhole or fire large groups and of course they blame the gun. Here is a nice chart that gives recommended twist rates for the .223 caliber guns. Those little short bullets need a really slow twist like a 1/12. In my 16 inch AR, they do pretty good, they do not keyhole and shoot a little over 1 inch groups, I need to play with velocity more to see if I can shrink the groups. My guns is a 1/9, not the best for little bullets.
The Milspec M4 I think is still a 1/7 twist, it will shoot the heavy bullets up to 90 grains just fine. But do not expect it to be great with 55 grain bullets and the little 30-35 grain bullets are probably a disaster. Twist rates however can be funny. The same twist in an AR pistol may stabilize the little bullets, but a 22 inch varmint rifle not so well. But if I see a 1/7 on the range and some guy shooting huge groups, I am usually correct that his ultra-high velocity is the culprit.
Lane Pierce just did a great article on the 223 and twist rates and bullet stabilization on the Ar 15 for coyote hunting. .223/5.56 NATO Twist Rates | RifleMagazine
Note that he does not list any of the lightweight
bullets for long range coyote shooting. Lots of reasons, wind as I mentioned but he is a ballistician, more so than hunter like me. He is perhaps one of the best in history, certainly credible in all the big boy circles. Lane mentions an AR designed specifically for coyote hunting, and like Blue Fox, I do not buy guns for their cool name, but if I win the lottery I might by this one, the name is "K-Yote" by MG Arms. It has the 1/12 twist and Lane says has shot 2.5 inch groups, at 600 yards, but Lane could only do that out to 400 yards. Truly an AR designed for the koyote hunter.
This specialty AR built just for coyote hunting is guaranteed to shoot 2 inch groups at 600 yards I think. You will also note that they use 50 grain Nosler bullets when shooting coyotes at those distances, none of the little ones I like so well. Custom-built coyote rig MG Arms K-Yote: it's guaranteed to shoot into 2 inches at 600 yards, and the price reflects that level of accuracy. If you are really serious about predator hunting, it rates a look. - Free Online Library (thefreelibrary.com)
The cost is nearly $4,000. Nobody at my house ever spent $4k for a gun and no one ever will, except maybe for that lottery deal. But my $780 DPMS will shoot under 1 inch groups at 100 yard, that is 6 inches at 600 yards, so that extra $3,200 only gets him 4 inches better.
My use of the 34 grain bullets was my quest for a little 223 round that would get to 4,000 fps. If you read the Lane
22 barrel and my AR only a 16 inch, so never going to get to 4,000 fps. However, the hunt continues. Maybe I will try those 30 grain ones. I may do a dozen experiments just to see how fast they will safely go, how accurate they can be and what happens when a tiny bullet goes 3,500 fps and hits a crow. If I like the outcome, I will continue to load that recipe. As most folks will probably agree that changes in components and velocity will often find a recipe that is very accurate and perfect for many uses. And that is me, if I can get the AR and/or the bolt guns too shoot under 1 inch groups with those tiny 34 grain bullets, they may just be perfect for my walk-about gun. Ready for any coyote or jack rabbit and dangerous crows that might attack my garden. You just never know...
Your original comment was ARs are not very accurate, yet this K-Yote offering is guaranteeing 2 inches at 600 yards. I have killed antelope (1) nearly that far. Six foot ball fields to hit something the size of a tennis ball requires two things. Near perfection in the design of the gun/ammo, and two, very expensive glass on top of the gun. Try to see anything at 600 yards, OK, how many finger am I holding up? Some ARs cans shoot those fingers off at 600 yards. Just saying.....