Coyote Caliber Considerations

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by HM2PAC, Apr 3, 2011.

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What to hunt coyotes with.

Poll closed May 3, 2011.
  1. .30-06/.308 FMJ

    14.6%
  2. .30-06/.308 Handloads w/solids

    4.5%
  3. .22LR

    7.9%
  4. Stop being stupid and spend the money on a varmint rifle.

    73.0%
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  1. infuriatednoodle

    infuriatednoodle Member

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    + 1 to the .223, great caliber for that sized game.
     
  2. hogcaller

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    QUOTE: "LOL.. Ya I know a 22-250 will reach out and touch em a long ways off, but the energy needed to keep em down just isn't there .. Besides I have to justify my new purchase with my wife some how !! As for long distance I'm talking 500 +.."


    525 yards measured with Nikon rangefinder with Remington 700 SPS and 50 grain Hornady V-Max handloads........this was the exit. Entrance was directly in the throat.
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    I do understand the justification to your wife though!
     
  3. AR-yoter

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    i always carry a 30.06 for dogs that are way out of reach for my AR, sounds kinda big but i have never had a 30.06 go through, Shot placement is always a bonus though pe this helps
     
  4. buckfynn

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    @ HM2PAC,

    Since you already have a .308 why don't give it a try first to see how you like coyote hunting. I would suggest using soft points over hollow points or FMJs. So what if you blow a big hole in them. There will always be more coyotes to go after if you catch the fever and decide on a dedicated predator rifle. And I don't care what anyone uses for a caliber / bullet / load selection eventually you will end up a coyote with either a big entrance or exit wound.

    When I first started hunting coyotes around 40 years ago, I started with a .250-3000 or more commonly called a .250 Savage nowadays. It was a lever action model M99 Savage with peep sites. I was using the old silver tipped bullets. It wasn't exactly what I would call accurate, but it worked for taking down 'yotes until I could afford something better.

    And for whatever it is worth I mainly use two different rifles to hunt coyotes lately. One is a plain vanilla Remington 700 VLS .22-.250 using out of the box Hornaday 50gr V-Max. The other is a custom built .243 with a Sako action, Lija 26" barrel with a 1:12 twist.
     
  5. blackDdefense

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    Before i started building AR's I had a Savage 7mm Rem Mag and it did the job with authority. Since getting the shop up and running I use a standard M4 5.56. It they get in close while you are calling...the old trusty 12 gauge chambered with 00 Buck is darn effective.
     
  6. AR-yoter

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    hollow point 223 works great, but shot placement is key for bigger guns, it sounds bad but long range with a 30.06 i shoot for just under there chest, i have never had a 30.06 go through a yote before. over here pelts are going for 50$
     
  7. biohazurd

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    IMO the .223 is the ideal caliber for coyotes.
     
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