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Will a 22 kill a coyote?

Question by Big baby cofer. Uploaded on February 06, 2011

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

A cast iron frying pan up side the head will probably kill it but that would not be my weapon of choice and neither would a .22. Now will we try for the .177 pellet gun? Why is everyone afraid to use a proper caliber on coyotes? I view killing coyotes as a public service, but even they deserve a humane kill.

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

What kind of .22? Rimfire? Centerfire? Magnum? Ask your question in a manner that does not make you look caliber challenged, and you might get an intelligent answer. Also, this question has hit this forum in various forms about 50 times. Will your next question be: What gun to hunt Bigfoot?

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from Phil1227 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Im assuming your talking about a 22lr, and yes it will at close range with a good shot but not recomended, almost any other gun would be a much better choice for coyotes, even they deserve a clean kill. Use enough gun for what your hunting

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from Taylor Kash wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Was Ed "Too Tall" Jones too tall?

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from Taylor Kash wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Yeah it will kill one. Sourdough Dave took the words right out of my mouth.

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from chaslee wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

yes it will if you hit it properly. a 22 will kill a deer if you hit it properly. a gun is a gun and if you hit something properly with the bullet you are shooting you will most likely kill it

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

You guys are too much sometimes. If I'm squirrel hunting with my 10/22 and I see a coyote close enough, then hell yes I will shoot. I wouldn't care if it did go off and die somewhere else. They eat too many deer and small game to have my sympathy.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

I shoot them with what I am carrying at the time. I have shot a couple with a 22 LR, but most with my shotgun while bird hunting. I prefer my 264 Win Mag when I am actually hunting them.

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

we shoot coyotes with any gun we have with us we hate em and we're overpopulated we shoot em with anything even pepper em with a shotgun if were turkey hunting and one walks out and a 22 will kill one

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from RylieGipson wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

well I know this old timer that shot his first deer with 22 short.I think 22 will kill on but just go with a 223

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Hell just use grenades put it to rest PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

The 22lr is deadly, I like the 22 magnum more than newer more expensive varmint ammo. Truck loads of big deer were taken by local poachers, but now they have no trucks and no licenses, head shots and vital shots equate to dead. If you doubt its killing power watch the swamp men kill 700lb gators with them with a single shot behind the eyes. If you want the hides a bigger gun will increase your recovery rates. One brick of 22lrs for 15 bucks goes a LONG way. It is also good for plinking and increasing freehand consistency. I have seen them drop cows with them at the slaughter house-one shot lights out. Use enough accuracy, it's never the gun's fault.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

.223 would really be my choice if I had to shoot a yote, disregard my grenade comment, but we've had this question today twice within 4 posts!

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from JustTakeMeHunting14 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

it will but a higher caliber would be wayy better.I do not recommend hunting coyotes with a .22 I would recommend a .223 or .243

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Believe it or not coyote are not all that hard to kill. A stick up side the head does them in when I trap them. They actually cowar down when I approach them. .22 short for the big ones and yes, even the .177 pellet gun will dispatch them. Right in the corner of the eye or through the ear. Don't know why everybody thinks they are wolves ,they aren't. Yes a misplaced shot just makes them run, it does on a crow too or a rabbit. If you make the correct shot you don't have to worry about it. I just love the mentality of using a Howitzer on a squirrel,or maybe a .375 H&H on a mouse. Unless you are gonna throw away the pelt, HEAD SHOTS or # 4 copper buffed 12 gauge. I even head shoot with .244 and .22/250 no science in that, it drops them and there is no tracking. They are not that hard to kill.

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from tirdypointbuck wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

yes a 22 is just fine for a coyote.

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from clintsurber wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

.17, .22 I wouldn't shoot anything bigger than a coon with those calibers, unless you really like trackin wounded dogs trough the brush.

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from Truckinmann wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I assume you mean a 22 long rifle. Yes it will kill a coyote. 22s have killed just about every critter there is in the western hemisphere. That doesn't mean it should be your weapon of choice if coyotes are what you are going out to hunt specifically. Depending on where you hunt them, (they've infested the east coast now and there are lots of woods here) you might consider a shotgun with number 4 buckshot when hunting woods or, out in the wide open spaces, use a varmint cartridge. (I love my 25-06 for both varmints and deer) If you're just squirell hunting with your 22 and one wanders up, go ahead and shoot it. If you can get a shot at it standing still, put it in it's brain.

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from Zacpro wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Yea it will kill one. Its not recommended, but it will work. just make sure you get pretty close and try for a head shot.

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from bustinloose wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

yes it will , fifty yards is close to max on coyote.. behind the shoulder will work at 50 yards but it may run away before it dies.. you can kill them farther out than that with a 22lr but its mean to knowingly use a calibre that isn't strong enough for your prey.,, a grizzly bear stood in the record books for years that was taken with a 22lr,, shot placement is the key..

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from Patricia L. Colvin wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

I have the same question, and I guess I'm going to get a lot of people on here telling me what an idiot I am, because I don't know what gun is what and what bullet is what. My husband brought home a basic rifle that he had when he was a kid that he shot rabbits with. It takes .22 shorts and longs. I like it because it's a fairly quiet gun and won't have the neighbors calling the cops. We have a coyote problem, in that they are ripping up my pig. I have a livestock guardian dog, but I don't think it's fair to leave him on his own. He could be killed if there were enough of them. Chewie is not only our guard dog, but our buddy. So we are dead broke, all out money is invested in these animals, but hey... it's dinner. We have half a box of these shells, the .22 shorts and this rifle which has the metal part you slide out and stick the bullet in there one at a time. I would like it know if I camp out at night and pick off a few coyotes with it, if it will kill them, too. We were stupid and tried shooting a pig with it that was dangerous and BOY that was a dumb idea. 7 shots pointblank to the skull and he was just ticked off. Won't do that again! So call me a dummy or ignorant if you must (looking at above posts), I am ignorant and uneducated in what guns do what. It would be kind of cool to have the pelt if I get one. The rifle is older, about twenty years old, and looks like the Army issue .22 basic rifle with a wood shoulder rest thing, and a pin you turn with a nickel or something that extends it out so that it's longer for longer arms. I like it because I am a short woman and it fits me nicely without too much kick to take proper aim and be safe.

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from twitzel94 wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Patricia, before you go out at night sight it in so you can get a good shot off, when you do stay up at night bait it in for a few nights with meat and go for the headshot.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

A cast iron frying pan up side the head will probably kill it but that would not be my weapon of choice and neither would a .22. Now will we try for the .177 pellet gun? Why is everyone afraid to use a proper caliber on coyotes? I view killing coyotes as a public service, but even they deserve a humane kill.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

You guys are too much sometimes. If I'm squirrel hunting with my 10/22 and I see a coyote close enough, then hell yes I will shoot. I wouldn't care if it did go off and die somewhere else. They eat too many deer and small game to have my sympathy.

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

What kind of .22? Rimfire? Centerfire? Magnum? Ask your question in a manner that does not make you look caliber challenged, and you might get an intelligent answer. Also, this question has hit this forum in various forms about 50 times. Will your next question be: What gun to hunt Bigfoot?

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from Phil1227 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Im assuming your talking about a 22lr, and yes it will at close range with a good shot but not recomended, almost any other gun would be a much better choice for coyotes, even they deserve a clean kill. Use enough gun for what your hunting

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from DSMbirddog wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

I shoot them with what I am carrying at the time. I have shot a couple with a 22 LR, but most with my shotgun while bird hunting. I prefer my 264 Win Mag when I am actually hunting them.

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from tennesseedeerhunter wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

we shoot coyotes with any gun we have with us we hate em and we're overpopulated we shoot em with anything even pepper em with a shotgun if were turkey hunting and one walks out and a 22 will kill one

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from Drew McClure wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

The 22lr is deadly, I like the 22 magnum more than newer more expensive varmint ammo. Truck loads of big deer were taken by local poachers, but now they have no trucks and no licenses, head shots and vital shots equate to dead. If you doubt its killing power watch the swamp men kill 700lb gators with them with a single shot behind the eyes. If you want the hides a bigger gun will increase your recovery rates. One brick of 22lrs for 15 bucks goes a LONG way. It is also good for plinking and increasing freehand consistency. I have seen them drop cows with them at the slaughter house-one shot lights out. Use enough accuracy, it's never the gun's fault.

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from Taylor Kash wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Yeah it will kill one. Sourdough Dave took the words right out of my mouth.

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from chaslee wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

yes it will if you hit it properly. a 22 will kill a deer if you hit it properly. a gun is a gun and if you hit something properly with the bullet you are shooting you will most likely kill it

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from RylieGipson wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

well I know this old timer that shot his first deer with 22 short.I think 22 will kill on but just go with a 223

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

.223 would really be my choice if I had to shoot a yote, disregard my grenade comment, but we've had this question today twice within 4 posts!

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from JustTakeMeHunting14 wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

it will but a higher caliber would be wayy better.I do not recommend hunting coyotes with a .22 I would recommend a .223 or .243

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Believe it or not coyote are not all that hard to kill. A stick up side the head does them in when I trap them. They actually cowar down when I approach them. .22 short for the big ones and yes, even the .177 pellet gun will dispatch them. Right in the corner of the eye or through the ear. Don't know why everybody thinks they are wolves ,they aren't. Yes a misplaced shot just makes them run, it does on a crow too or a rabbit. If you make the correct shot you don't have to worry about it. I just love the mentality of using a Howitzer on a squirrel,or maybe a .375 H&H on a mouse. Unless you are gonna throw away the pelt, HEAD SHOTS or # 4 copper buffed 12 gauge. I even head shoot with .244 and .22/250 no science in that, it drops them and there is no tracking. They are not that hard to kill.

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from tirdypointbuck wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

yes a 22 is just fine for a coyote.

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from Jere Smith wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Hell just use grenades put it to rest PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

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from Truckinmann wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I assume you mean a 22 long rifle. Yes it will kill a coyote. 22s have killed just about every critter there is in the western hemisphere. That doesn't mean it should be your weapon of choice if coyotes are what you are going out to hunt specifically. Depending on where you hunt them, (they've infested the east coast now and there are lots of woods here) you might consider a shotgun with number 4 buckshot when hunting woods or, out in the wide open spaces, use a varmint cartridge. (I love my 25-06 for both varmints and deer) If you're just squirell hunting with your 22 and one wanders up, go ahead and shoot it. If you can get a shot at it standing still, put it in it's brain.

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from Zacpro wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Yea it will kill one. Its not recommended, but it will work. just make sure you get pretty close and try for a head shot.

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from bustinloose wrote 2 years 17 weeks ago

yes it will , fifty yards is close to max on coyote.. behind the shoulder will work at 50 yards but it may run away before it dies.. you can kill them farther out than that with a 22lr but its mean to knowingly use a calibre that isn't strong enough for your prey.,, a grizzly bear stood in the record books for years that was taken with a 22lr,, shot placement is the key..

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from Patricia L. Colvin wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

I have the same question, and I guess I'm going to get a lot of people on here telling me what an idiot I am, because I don't know what gun is what and what bullet is what. My husband brought home a basic rifle that he had when he was a kid that he shot rabbits with. It takes .22 shorts and longs. I like it because it's a fairly quiet gun and won't have the neighbors calling the cops. We have a coyote problem, in that they are ripping up my pig. I have a livestock guardian dog, but I don't think it's fair to leave him on his own. He could be killed if there were enough of them. Chewie is not only our guard dog, but our buddy. So we are dead broke, all out money is invested in these animals, but hey... it's dinner. We have half a box of these shells, the .22 shorts and this rifle which has the metal part you slide out and stick the bullet in there one at a time. I would like it know if I camp out at night and pick off a few coyotes with it, if it will kill them, too. We were stupid and tried shooting a pig with it that was dangerous and BOY that was a dumb idea. 7 shots pointblank to the skull and he was just ticked off. Won't do that again! So call me a dummy or ignorant if you must (looking at above posts), I am ignorant and uneducated in what guns do what. It would be kind of cool to have the pelt if I get one. The rifle is older, about twenty years old, and looks like the Army issue .22 basic rifle with a wood shoulder rest thing, and a pin you turn with a nickel or something that extends it out so that it's longer for longer arms. I like it because I am a short woman and it fits me nicely without too much kick to take proper aim and be safe.

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from twitzel94 wrote 2 years 9 weeks ago

Patricia, before you go out at night sight it in so you can get a good shot off, when you do stay up at night bait it in for a few nights with meat and go for the headshot.

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from Taylor Kash wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Was Ed "Too Tall" Jones too tall?

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from clintsurber wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

.17, .22 I wouldn't shoot anything bigger than a coon with those calibers, unless you really like trackin wounded dogs trough the brush.

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