Night hunting rifle

Discussion in 'General Marlin Discussion' started by Fomdiddle, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Fomdiddle

    Fomdiddle Well-Known Member

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    I am in the process of building a hog/coyote night hunting gun. I decided on 30-30 because of inexpensive plentiful ammo and the fact that with lights I should never have to shoot past 100 yards. I traded for a pre-safety RC with Ram Line synthetic stocks so it is very light weight before adding accessories. I have a Bushnell 3X9X40 with lighted reticle and I bought a Maglite XL50 LED light from Wally for $24. As you can tell I'm doing this on a very limited budget. I ordered a light mount off ebay and when it arrives I will post pics of my current progress. My next endeavor will be to acquire a quality call system at the most reasonable price. Any advice will be appreciated. Fom
     
  2. oldbrass

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    Never hunted at night, can`t hunt coyotes at night here just coons and bobcats. Some years ago a couple fellas were spotlighting at night and shot what they thought were yotes, it ended up being a young couple on a camping trip, that ended it. My brother is a LEO, they use a (steam light) it has rechargable batteries and is very bright, they use them on night stalks for tweekers and such,should work good for vermon to
     
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  3. Fomdiddle

    Fomdiddle Well-Known Member

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    The streamlights are very bright but the xenon battery life is much shorter than the LED. Fom
     
  4. oldbrass

    oldbrass Well-Known Member

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    Full moon tonight, best hunting light ever and no batteries required
     
  5. Big Shrek

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  6. duster066

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    Can I plead ignorance? I've never hunted coyots. But I have been very close to many of them. But reading of hunts on line it sounds like they are hard to shoot. What's the disconnect? Most of the ones I've seen that could have been shot were while hunting other things or just out and about. Are they really that hard to shoot?
     
  7. Fomdiddle

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    A coyote is a lot like a crow, they are a nuiscance and pest, but very intelligent. When I dont have a gun I see them sometimes but, like a crow, they recognize a gun and make themselves scarce unless you are very well camoflauged. I can walk around my place with a stick and crows will be all over, but get a gun and they are no where to be seen. Fom