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Question by TurkeyMaster55. Uploaded on March 25, 2010
Ive shot the most coyotes with a 25-06 and the second most with a 22 mag.. Opposite ends of the power range for this animal. I usually hunt coyote with a .223 with a 50 gr. bullet handloaded to 3450 fps. This is a very accurate combo and a sudden stopper on coyote. Where I live I don't get many long range shots. If you live in the western states maybe a little more gun would be in order.
What rifle do you have? Take a 30 cal bolt gun and shoot 110 grain or if you want a dual load for Coyotes and Mule Deer a 130 is ideal!
For a specific gun, 22-250!
If your going to buy a rifle and don't have a good deer rifle yet, 25-06 is perfect!
I would say 223 or 243 and I would go with the 243 because you would also be able to use that gun for deer and some other big game as well.
Among all firsts, one thing that wasn’t a first for me was using a familiar and friendly cartridge. My coyote hunting has always been done with one small, deadly accurate, efficient cartridge: the .223 Remington!!!
It really is difficult to recommend the "best" cartridge, because so many serve the purpose so well, but the recommendations you've received are good ones. The .223, .22-250, .243 and others will definitely accomplish the job.
To focus a bit better, what did you have in mind? A light sporter, a heavy-barreled varminter?
223 or a 22-250
.223 with a 50 grain bullet is the best. but a deer rifle will work fine, just use low grain bullets.
most of the coyotes I have taken fell to the 6.8 SPC that resides in the gun rack of my truck.
A good accurate .223 semi-auto works great. And if you call them in close a shotgun with buckshot is a lot of fun.
Any gun that will reach out and kill with one shot. So in that case a 50 cal.
I have selected a 25-06 for my perfect all around coyote rifle and it has not let me down. I have over 40,000 rounds through my 25-06s and it is bad medicine for coyote hunting of all types. Its speed allows you to reduce lead considerably over practically any other rifle out to 600 yards or more for more good hits. Its flat shooting capability helps you hit from just about any range. The shock and speed flatten them on the spot instead of poking a crippling hole through them like many bullets do. The low recoil allows you to practice and shoot a lot at all ranges so when you get a chance on a coyote, you can nail it. Finally, the small frangible bullets decompose on impact with the coyote or the ground and don't create as much hazzard to background inhabitants with richochets. The 25-06 is my main "go to" gun for coyotes 95% of the time. I also use two others in specific conditions: a) A Bushmaster Varminter in .223 where the coyote is expected to be running flat out and be visible for less than 5 seconds at ranges of less than 400 yards (it lets me get off several well aimed shots and see where I am hitting in the scope in case I need an adjustment in lead). b) a 12 gauge shotgun with #4 buckshot if I am calling coyotes in thick brush locations and am expecting running shots inside of 40 yards.
i like my 25-06 for coyotes
Definitely a 243: ammo is the same price as 22-250, its ballistics are better than the 22-250, and you can use it on deer.
.223 is the best u can shoot it on a farm with feilds swamp and woods with 120 acers
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