For groundhog,fox and coyote hunting, what is the consensus for best sight in distance for the 22 MAG? 100 yards? For coyotes, I would think you would need a heavier bullet than the flat shooting varmint load used for a groundhog. But - you guys are much more experienced at this, since my 983 is only a few days new.
TN-VOL-MAN, I don't remember seeing a pic of your new toy. Did you post one? I just picked up my (new to me) 783 last week. I'll post a picture over this weekend.
I sighted mine in at 50 yards last weekend. This weekend I'll be taking it to the 100 yard range to see how it does based on the 50 yard zero.
I typically sight my 22WMR's at 50 yds. Once the 50 yd point of aim is dialed in you can start experimenting with performance at longer distances.
As for coyotes, IMO the 22WMR is a little too slow. You can accomplish the mission with it, but your margin for error gets pretty small and your range pretty close. .204 Ruger, 22-250, .223 are all pretty common calibers for coyotes, and do a fine job on the whistle-pigs too. .204 and 22-250 perform better, but the .223 is much cheaper to shoot if you are buying ammo over the counter.
Whichever you use, its a fun time.
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This is a first (posting an image in a forum thread), so hopefully it will work. Mine is a 983T and the photo is complements of the marlinfirearms.com website.Originally Posted by 1895Gunner
Is yours scoped now or are you using factory sights?Originally Posted by TN-VOL-MAN
I did scope it with a very low quality scope which I am about to remove. However, the first trip to the range was promising. This scope has a very narrow area of focus, so I could only get a crisp image within a short yardage range. I ended up adjusting to focus to some degree of sharpness at 25 yards (enough to see a 1" bullseye). I had two shot groups where two rounds overlapped. Nice. I want a better scope. Range work was using regular Green/Yellow boxed Remington 40 gr ammo.
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Okay - I'm re-scoped and ready to get back to the range - although it will take me a few days to get back there. I removed the RedHead scope that had issues. Replacement is a Simmons 3-9x-40 8-Point that I picked up at Academy Outdoors. It seems to be very crisp - especially for the money.
Where I hunt coyote is a perfect KZ which runs from 100-150 yards.
So I sight in at 125 and blast 'em with impunity.
Depends on your hunting area...how well you know your scope/rifle combo.
Make a logbook, note your cold zero (first shot), practice enough to get good, enjoy
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Oh the rifle shoots well. Here is the first shots after zeroing on 25 yards with the poor scope. I have since replaced that scope and will try to get new data soon.
[img][/img] Three shots - 2 in the orange.