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22 Hornet vs 17 HMR for short range Coyotes?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by know if all, Nov 9, 2013.

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  1. know if all

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    Thoughts? Experiences?
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Hornet, or .22 WMR.

    Our experience is, the little .17 calibers just don't always have what it takes to kill a coyote DRT.
    Even the big centerfire ones at longer range.

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  3. Archie

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    I confess I have never shot a coyote.

    However, I do have a .22 Hornet. It is a decent round in the small .22 caliber size. It can be reloaded. It throws a bullet both bigger in diameter and weight than a .17 rimfire anything; which cannot be reloaded.

    There are coyotes in my area. I may even get my act together and make contact with some local rancher/farmers who would agree to me thinning the coyote community some. IF I DO, I will use the .22 Hornet for the reasons listed in paragraph two, above.

    Just a thought.
     
  4. cpt-t

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    I shoot a CZ in a 22Hornet, a 17 HMR, & a 22 WMR. And I like all three of them, but the 22Hornet is better for taking Coyotes than the the 17HMR or 22WMR, IMHO. I have been shooting a 22Hornet for several years now and I reload for it. And I have always been very impressed with it. It is very accurate, low recoil, low noise, and cheap to shoot. And My Son and I shoot our 22Hornets quite a bit.
    ken
     
  5. Flintknapper

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    Hornet for sure
     
  6. Grumulkin

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    That would depend on how short range. I would give the edge to the 22 Hornet but neither would be my first choice.

    When a coyote is hit it can go far and fast. I hit one with a 22-250. Judgeing from where the bullet hit, it was probably a heart shot and the coyote went FAST for 250 yards before realizing it was dead; if the field hadn't been harvested, I never would have found it. I've taken a couple with a 204 Ruger; both neck shots and DRT.
     
  7. buck460XVR

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    I like the .17HMR for huntin' farm land during the winter. The little bullets fragment when hittin' frozen ground or snow and thus chances of ricochets are little to none. Most farms around here are the 120 acre size and many have cattle and horses out in pasture. Most of my shots in those areas are within 150 yards, anything else will have to wait till another day. Within that range the little .17 works well. I have never found yotes hard to kill when shot well and the .17 makes a mess of their boiler room. Like everything else, different folks like different strokes. Most times the tool is only as good as the hands that use it.
     
  8. witchhunter

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    Hornet, hands down. Although the lowly .22 Hornet is not a .22/250, the 17HMR is not even Hornet...
     
  9. 1911 guy

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    The .17HMR is O.K. if you limit yourself to head shots only. Otherwise, use the Hornet.
     
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