I use both, almost interchangeably. I’ve got a LOT of time behind ARs for speed and accuracy work, and they come on target and point like a shotgun for me. So does a decent bolt gun, which I probably have at least as much time with. Then again, I could be fine with a lever gun, or other semis. I just run the gun I have in hand and don’t sweat the nit picks. Safeties are subconscious to me on either, most of the time. I’ll always double check, but I’ve almost always put a safety back on, before I knew I put it back on or had the conscious intent to. Safety, muzzle, and trigger control were beaten into me both as a child and (later) doing far more athletic and stressful things than hunting. It just carried over well, either way, thankfully.
The main reasons for a choice before I head out? Is the fastest follow up or the more quiet rig suppressed the more important thing? I’ve got ARs almost as light as many bolt guns, but no AR is as quiet suppressed as a bolt gun, unless you turn the gas off.
I’ve been using a .243 TIkka bolt action and Savage A 17 for coyotes, my son has the .223 in the AR platform. The fact they are always moving and we have seen them in pairs except on two occasions. Last week in Maine and one day Turkey hunting when a young yote thought our decoy was breakfast. We dusted him simulatenoulsly at 17 yards full of shot. Dropped in its tracks. I may look for a Browning .243 BAR to use primarily for the follow up shot quickly.
A line I’ll always remember from way back on the Coyote gods website;
“An AR-15 will let you miss quicker and more often”
I love my AR’s but too many times I’ve seen rushed shots with autos simply because another shot immediately available. Started doing that when bird hunting as a kid with a Remington Mohawk 48, dad limited me to only loading one shell. That should’ve broke me of the habit but I did the same thing on running rabbits with an auto 22.
I’m probably the only one that’s ever done that but just thought I’d throw it out there just in case…
It has been my observation that the statement above can be true with AR's. You here a lot of complaints about spinners and runners with the 223 and it isn't all about poor bullet selection. Most of the complaints come from AR shooters while bolt action shooters a killing them dead with 22 Hornets, 17 Rem, 221 Fireballs and 222 Rem. I think that a lot of AR shooters tend to think more about having shots 2-20 than putting the first one where it counts.
Most of the predator hunters that visit this sight are experienced shooters and can get the benefits of the AR.
I satisfy whatever whim I have that day. Savage 99 .243 CZ .204 AR .223 Pre 64 Mod 70 .220 Swift Ruger#3 .22 K-Hornet Ruger #1 .220 Swift What ever, I mostly hunt coyotes for fun, and to keep our calves intact.
As far as multiples, I once got 3 of 4 coyotes (1 stand) with the Ruger #1. Go figure. I've recently been having accuracy issues with the AR, so been using the Winchester a bit.
I've always been a curmudgeon - now I'm an old curmudgeon. ~Molɔ̀ːn Labé Skýla~
AR= accuracy through volume I have a buddy who's every gun is a "tactical" something or another. I've never seen someone throw so much lead at an animal and come up empty handed.
I'll edit this to say that most of his problem is optics choices. Red dots and holographic sights are ,IMO, 50 yard optics in field conditions, 100 yards and more if you have a bench, blind or other stable rest and time to establish an accurate sight picture. Plus, those optics and their reticles are made for "minute of person", not the 4-6" vitals of a game animal.
I use both an AR and a bolt. Like some others have said, AR for pigs and coyotes, bolt for deer. I've dialed in a really nice AR-308 and have been smacking the heck out of hogs with it. Now I'm trying to rig up a similar AR-15 for coyotes and varmints.