I can't wait for the opener for either of my tags... in the mean time, I've just been trying to practice with my rifles. I've been trying to get out and find some coyotes as well, but no such luck yet. I bought a Savage Model 10 Predator in 22-250 and topped it off with a Nikon Buckmaster 6-18x40 and it's done awesome so far. Here are the results of my latest trip to a friend's farm in Wellsville:
I also bought a CVA Optima a couple of months ago and finally had the chance to take it out to the range. I tried open sights and they covered way too much of the target, so I bought a cheap Traditions 1x scope and have been very happy with it.
I haven't worked though a ton of loads yet, but I think I found what it likes: 240 grain XTP inside a HCR sabot on top of 100 grains of T7 powder. I was pretty excited to see this group for my first time shooting 100 yards with it!
I'm hoping to get out to the range again soon to try out a few different loads. Muzzleloading has been a blast so far.
I'm going to try chasing some coyotes on the 4th so hopefully I will have a good report to share with you.