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Is a .17 HMR with V-max bullets strong enough for Coyote hunting?

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from bruisedsausage wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

I wouldn't recommend using the .17HMR personally. The bullet is too light for my liking. Also if you do decide to use it, I wouldn't take a shot any where past 100 yds. if within that range it would probably do it, but there are better options. My go to gun for yotes is a .221 Remington Fireball, in a model 700. It's a little on the light side too, but I'm shooting 5ogr Accutip BT's that shoot dime sized groups at 100 yds. That being said, I'm pushing nearly 3000fps at the muzzle and nearly 1000ft pounds of energy. While the .17HMR is somewhere in the mid 2,000 fps with about 250 ft lbs of energy. In my opinion that makes it a poor choice to use for yotes.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

it can be done if you keep it close. if you hunt at night and keep it close i can see how that could be a good option. but past 100 yards your asking for it.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

yes it is enough gun practice practice practice and never shoot at a coyote that is moving.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

With a perfect close shot yes, but it wouldn't be my choice coyote round. My .223 would be a much better choice.

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from Codi wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

I have killed a couple yoters with My .17, but just like everyone else has said they were close. both were within 75 yards. My suggestion is to get a .223. awesome long range and knock down power for dogs. Pretty cheap to shoot as well, which is always a plus.

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from edwardS23 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

Anyone know the maximum range for a .17 HMR?

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from bruisedsausage wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

That's kinda an abstract question. Maximum range for killing effectiveness or just what its absolute projectile traveling range is?

you also need to consider what your personal limits are as well. (how far you know you can accurately place a shot) And then even if you can hit a target at say 200 yds, you need to know how much energy is still retained in the projectile, and whether or not it will be effective in killing an animal humanely.

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

IMO~ a 204 or 223 would be a good choice for songdogs
out to 250yd+/-....my choice is my 17/Hornet on a Pre
64/mod 70 Winchester/With a B&L 2.5-8x44 scope.
Im old School.

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from jlmillsaps wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

My buddy and I hunt coyotes in East Central Indiana. In December I shot my first dog with my Marlin 17 HMR at night at around 150 yards, was a head shot beside the ear. Penetrated very easy and dog dropped right where it stood no problem. Very small entrance hole no exit wound, a little blood etc...came out the ear. But the pelt was completely fine. I love using my 17 HMR and it is deadly accurate with the V-Max.

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from bruisedsausage wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

I wouldn't recommend using the .17HMR personally. The bullet is too light for my liking. Also if you do decide to use it, I wouldn't take a shot any where past 100 yds. if within that range it would probably do it, but there are better options. My go to gun for yotes is a .221 Remington Fireball, in a model 700. It's a little on the light side too, but I'm shooting 5ogr Accutip BT's that shoot dime sized groups at 100 yds. That being said, I'm pushing nearly 3000fps at the muzzle and nearly 1000ft pounds of energy. While the .17HMR is somewhere in the mid 2,000 fps with about 250 ft lbs of energy. In my opinion that makes it a poor choice to use for yotes.

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from Codi wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

I have killed a couple yoters with My .17, but just like everyone else has said they were close. both were within 75 yards. My suggestion is to get a .223. awesome long range and knock down power for dogs. Pretty cheap to shoot as well, which is always a plus.

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from bruisedsausage wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

That's kinda an abstract question. Maximum range for killing effectiveness or just what its absolute projectile traveling range is?

you also need to consider what your personal limits are as well. (how far you know you can accurately place a shot) And then even if you can hit a target at say 200 yds, you need to know how much energy is still retained in the projectile, and whether or not it will be effective in killing an animal humanely.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

yes it is enough gun practice practice practice and never shoot at a coyote that is moving.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

With a perfect close shot yes, but it wouldn't be my choice coyote round. My .223 would be a much better choice.

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from edwardS23 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

Anyone know the maximum range for a .17 HMR?

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

IMO~ a 204 or 223 would be a good choice for songdogs
out to 250yd+/-....my choice is my 17/Hornet on a Pre
64/mod 70 Winchester/With a B&L 2.5-8x44 scope.
Im old School.

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from jlmillsaps wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

My buddy and I hunt coyotes in East Central Indiana. In December I shot my first dog with my Marlin 17 HMR at night at around 150 yards, was a head shot beside the ear. Penetrated very easy and dog dropped right where it stood no problem. Very small entrance hole no exit wound, a little blood etc...came out the ear. But the pelt was completely fine. I love using my 17 HMR and it is deadly accurate with the V-Max.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 18 weeks ago

it can be done if you keep it close. if you hunt at night and keep it close i can see how that could be a good option. but past 100 yards your asking for it.

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