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.22 rifle enough gun for coyotes?

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  1. hangover

    hangover Member

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    Do you think it is good or bad for coyotes and if good for how far? Thanks
     
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    A 22-caliber centerfire will do the job but a rimfire will not consistently do so. My son uses a .25-06 with 75-grain bullets but smaller cartridges are sufficient.

    Ed
     
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    They can actually take several hits and keep going. There is some new ammo that might be effective but I would hate to bet on it. Penetration is the problem.
     
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    If you can hit a coyote 10 out of 10 in the eye at 50 yds with .22 LR by all means do it.Lee
     
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    All have said no, so I will use my 30-06 with light gr bullets. Thanks
     
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    30-06 will work with no problem. If I was a coyote I would want to go out fast no suffern. Much better choice then a .22 rimfire.
     
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    I have shot a few with a .22 pistol (targets of opportunity) and never killed one outright. Usually they go a few hundred yards with a chest hit.

    A .22 mag in a rifle is a different story - that would be a fair coyote gun inside of 100 yards.

    Best best - a 12 gauge shotgun with heavy BB or larger shot inside 40 yards or a .22 centerfire (or bigger) beyond.
     
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    No. I've got enough experience shooting a few in traps!!
     
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    I like the Mocel 29 with a scope for out to 50 yards or so. Really does a job on em.


    GneJ
     
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    .30-06 with light bullets should work great! I've killed a number of 'em with .308 Winchester & 130 grain bullets.

    John C. Saubak
     
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    I ran a trap line and used calls to bring them in, 22 head shot will takem out one shot, anything else will only wound. When calling we always used shotgun. As others have stated center fire will also knock them out. They are tuff critters. One shot, one kill! Jake
     
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    .243 wildcat based on a .264 Win. Mag. case...75gr bullets @4000fps....gets the job done...
     
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    Will a 22 LR kill a coyote? Yes.

    Is it ideal? Hardly.

    Would I use one to hunt coyotes? Only under narrow circumstances. If game laws restricted carrying a centerfire during deer or elk season (like they do here if you don't have a deer or elk tag or used them up), I'd rather use a shotgun instead. With the right shell and choke, you can take coyotes at 40 to 50 yards, and much more effectively than a 22 LR.

    30-06 with light bullets will work fine. At close range, though, you'll probably blow the coyote in two. Pelts won't be worth skinning.
     
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    223 is a good yote round. I prefer a 243 but thats just me. I try to buy versatile guns.
     
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    Depends on what you want to do with the pelts,on how big you go. Friends of mine use .223 Ruger Mini 14 and Ar15s. They tell me at night around here they run in packs and is like a fast shoot fest when they bring them in.

    I may go with them some night,my Mini is a lil dusty.


    Jerry Lewis
     
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    Yes,have done it many times.Always head/base of neck shots out to about 75 yards w/ a Anschutz.I live in an area where they come through my property on a regular basis: I have yardage marked off from an upper window where I shoot them from and I know where my gun shoots and I have never missed and never wounded.
     
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    22-250 fast effective fun just does not save pelt kinda turns em inside out
    pat
     
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    What blackfoot said.

    Head or neck shots only, no more than 75 yards, they are quiet and don't disturb the neighbors like the center fires. I have killed many with a 22 long rifle, usually the only thing that wiggles is the tail, sometimes not even that.
    Robert
     
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