Predator hunting has been on the rise for the past decade. This may be due to the increase population of of coyotes and now are endangering our bambi groups. Which obviously has opened opportunity for manufactures to come up with toys to tinker with.
One possible combination to consider for predator base hunt is the use of a light, accurate and effective system. First thing that comes to mind is the CMMg Mk4 S 22 Nosler topped with an affordable quality Leupold VX-Freedom scope.
The Mk4 S is the perfect rifle for hunting or punching paper targets.
It’s the lightest of the four MK series, coming in at 6.5 pounds. Its overall length with the buttstock collapsed is 34 inches. The rifle mounts an 18-inch barrel and has a standard M4 buttstock with a six-position MILSPEC receiver extension and an A2 pistol grip.
Like the other three models, the barrel is 416 stainless steel and the receiver is forged 7075-T6 aluminum. With a scope of decent quality mounted, the Mk4 S would be a perfect choice for predator hunting. CMMG Mk4 S 22 Nosler
This AR-type upper and lower receivers are forged in 7075-T6 aluminum which is strong with strength like other steel materials. This is a perfect predator hunting rifle that you can tote around all day and not worry about hitting your target.
There are four distinct models chambered for the 22 Nosler.
A CMMG RKM14 KeyMod handguard allows the installation of optics and lights. KeyMod is an interface system for mounting firearms components.
Here’s the CMMG Mk4 S 22 Nosler specs:
Barrel: 18″ 1:8 Twist, 22 Nosler, Medium Taper 416SS Barrel
Receivers: Forged 7075-T6 AL M4 type upper, AR15 type lower
Trigger: Single stage mil-spec style trigger
Weight: 6.5lbs (Unloaded)
Length: 34.5″ (Stock collapsed)
Gas Port Location: Rifle
Leupold VX-Freedom 3-9×40
For $200 dollars this Leupold scope performs quite well with the Mk4.
The scope is reliable, accurate, holds zero well, and works great in low light.
You can spin the turrets up and down a bit while zeroing and shooting without any problems.
One of the best way to work with this reticle is to plug your rifle and ammo data into a ballistic computer and find out what your maximum point blank range is, then zero for that distance.
Chances are you won’t be going after coyotes no farther than 200 to 300 yards, which is why this VX Freedom fits our purpose. Nosler Ammunition
The 22 Nosler is intended to be the most powerful .22 caliber cartridge that will function reliably when loaded in the AR platform.
The 22 Nosler’s case capacity is 25% greater than the 5.56 NATO/.223, increasing its muzzle velocity by approximately 300 feet per second and its muzzle energy by more than 30 percent.
The velocity of the 22 Nosler at 100 yards equals to the 5.56 NATO at the muzzle.
-With 77-grain bullet in the 22 Nosler exits the barrel at 2,950 feet per second and has 1,488 foot-pounds of muzzle energy. It retains almost 1,000 foot-pounds of energy out to 200 yards.
-With Nosler’s 55-grain ammunition is loaded with its Ballistic Tip Varmint bullet. Has a polycarbonate tip that is driven back during impact, causing the bullet’s thin jacket to expand and fragment. The bullet’s boat tail base increases its ballistic efficiency.
There may be some other AR system that you can put together, but this one may fit your budget and objective. (fun) So if you’re just looking for something light and accurate, this CMMG setup is pretty sweet! You can obviously use this for plinking as well.