Coyote vs TC Hornet.......
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Posted 01 April 2006 - 07:02 PM
Beautiful weather today in central CA so I headed out on the scooter with the TC Hornet handgun on board. A couple miles from the house I see a light spot 1,000 yards away in a lush alfalfa field. A view in the scope says coyote! The dog was limping along and not paying any attention to me so I scooted up to the first side road and headed closer to the canine. The road was very wet and muddy so I had both feet down as I motored along quietly about 5 mph. The coyote was slowly making its' way towards the road I was traveling.....figured it spotted me and was headed for the 24" wheat next to the alfalfa. I was about 400 yards from the coyote went it hit the road so I stopped and just watched. The coyote crossed the road and started into the wheat but turned and just started walking straight away. There was a dry strip on the road shoulder so I elected to close ground fast while I had some traction. At 300 yards, the coyote turned left and went back into the alfalfa but was moving slow......I closed to within 200 yards of the walking dog and pulled up for the shot. I followed the coyote's progress in the scope and shortly it stopped. I have killed a lot of squirrels beyond 200 yards with the Hornet so I had a lot of confidence as the crosshairs layed level with the top of the back....boom....WHOP! The wounded dog took off at about trotting speed but soon slowed and stopped again.....held a little higher and whopped him again. This time the coyote could barely go but was still making a little progress further away. This time I held about 12" high and hit him again at over 300 yards. Incredibly, the coyote went another twenty yards and layed down so I focused on the horizon looking for any kind of reference point. There was a stand pipe a long ways away that was slightly right of where I saw the coyote lay down. Grabbed a couple extra rounds and the camera and followed a straight line to my reference point. When I got to where I thought the coyote should be, I started making ever widening circles and finally jumped the nearly dead dog. It could barely make any progress so I ran up and shot him at point blank range which put out the lights. Dang....what an ordeal! The coyote had an old wound which resulted in a broken back leg....pretty sure it was one that I shot at long range with the Duece a couple months ago that got away. Tough critter! 1.jpg 44.55K 18 downloads
Posted 01 April 2006 - 08:52 PM
Well, 'nuther good story. 'Nuther good shooting, and 'nuther good picture. Thanks for sharing.
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