Yesterday afternoon I grabbed me 783 243 and went for a ride. I live in the very north west corner of our little town of about 8,000 souls. From my porch I can here coyotes doing their mating calls in the small timber 1/2 mile NW of me as the crow flies.
Yesterday was a relatively calm day and a bit warm for this time of year. As i turned my Dango(as the grand kids call it) north on the gas plant road I spotted a coyote about a half mile south of the north road and he was working straight north. I hurried to the next road and hung a right and when I was one hill from the tree line the coyote was walking along I shut my Dango off, slipped out the door and jogged up the road ditch to the tree line. I slipped between the barbs on the fence along the road and plopped down against the big corner post. I was sitting on my rump in the snow with both elbows resting on my knees. The gun was pointed in the direction Mr coyote was last seen. I sat there long enough for my rear end to thaw out what was under me and for my blue jeans to get wet and my natural padding had gone from cold to burning. I was about to say you win Mr. Coyote when I saw his ears break the ridge. He was in no hurry what-so -ever but I was. He came over the first little hill coming straight at me at about 500 yards. Then he disappeared from sight as he he put the next rise between us. In a matter of a minute or two he crested that hill and was walking straight at me at 300 yards. I had the cross hairs on him while my brain was saying let him come. He started down the little valley between us and then froze in his tracks. He then spun on a dime and froze again looking back over his shoulder in my direction only a little to the west. My thought was he sees my truck as I was feathering the the trigger. The little 243 barked and the coyotes legs went stiff and he fell over and did the dying quivers. His resting place to my frozen keester was 275 yards.
I am sold on these elcheapo Remington 783s. This one in 243 shoots groups like my old 40x used to shoot and I got it from Richie's P&G for $279. I have listened to my coyote hunting buddies jeers all winter. No it did not come in a Cracker Jack box, no I am not broke and about to loose my house. It just so happens that I have grown quite fond of my little 783 in 243. I may start leaving the Mini 14 at home!