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Old 01-16-2011, 02:12 AM
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Default 17-204 makes a long range coyote kill

I thought I would take the 17-204 out this morning . I hate to see it just sitting there in the safe all lonesome , so I pulled out and took it to the range the day before and check a load with some 30 golds and VVN560 power . I shot a three shot group and was impressed with the group they were all touching . Anyway back to the long range shot . I was hunting a new place and had a hard time finding a calling spot, It all looked good, I for a big hill overlooking two large canyons . The wind was very light and the temp was in the upper 30's . I turned the homemade ecaller on canine pup distress and started glassing and noticed a large male coyote just standing on a grassy hill a long way off , 500 to 600 yards . I kept watching him and a smaller coyote , guessing a female came up behind the male coyote . they were not going to come any closer . I decided to move off the hill and work my way closer . When I got to the bottom of the hill I found a some cover along a fence line and started glassing trying to find the the two coyotes they were gone . I decided to try and call and see if they would come on in . The smaller coyote popped up below a ridge and was just sitting , not interested in coming any closer so I deciced just to take a long shot . I put the crosshairs on the coyotes head and took the shot . I did not hear a thump but looked back through the scope and saw it flopping on the ground , it was a long way off and across a big canyon so I did not walk over to the coyote. I am going to go back and take my range finder and range it, I was guessing 300 to 400 yards . I think I hit the coyote low or towards the back. I kept looking through the scope at the coyote until it stopped moving . I know 300 to 400 yards is not that far for some but I was impressed with the performance of the 17-204 after this morning. Thanks for reading ! Mark
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:31 AM
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Nice shot!...thx for sharing.
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:33 AM
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its amazing what a little 30 grain missile can do.
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:30 AM
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:10 AM
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Default 17x204 long range kill update

Well , I got back to the place I shot the coyote with the 17-204 and ranged it with the Leica range finder . It was 325 yards . Not as far as I first thought , but still not bad performance . I have two 17-204 rifles now. one AR15 with a 24' Benchmark barrel and the other a 700 Remington with 26" Pac Nor barrel , I just built . Thanks! Mark
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Old 02-13-2011, 02:49 AM
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Default 17-204

I like it very much . It feeds great and accuracy is also very good. I try to keep the round count down and do not load it hot like some of the bolt rifle shooters do . I am trying to save it and just use it for a calling rifle. Thanks! Mark
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:17 PM
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Default Mark which rifle

Did you make the shot with?
Pictures of the rifles?
Great job by the way.
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:41 PM
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How does the powder capacity compare the the 17rem ?
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:56 PM
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Default 17-20

I shot the coyote with the AR,I did not have the bolt gun built at the time. I have not checked the powder capacity . I have been using the starting loads from the 17 Predator for the 17-204 , they seem to be very close . I just bought some Big game powder to try in the 17-204 . Thanks! Mark
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