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is a 243 100-grain bullet drop too much for coyote hunting?

Question by rusty gordon. Uploaded on February 07, 2010

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from wildcaller11 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

We shoot 85 grainer's at up to 400 yards. Yesterday my father shot a coyote with our Colt AR-15 at 485 yds with 68 grain .223's

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from buckmasters02 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

nah it aint.

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from rusty gordon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

yes i have a rem. model 770 243 bolt action i just figured id go shootin some coyotes. do you think the 100 grain drops too much?

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from rusty gordon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

would a 95 grain make any difference?

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

No. It should be fine 100 grain can shoot very accurately for several 100 yards.

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from rusty gordon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

thank you

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Excellent coyote round, same trajectory as a .270 win 130 grain

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from rusty gordon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

thanks.i was worried it wouuld drop too much.but now i know.what is the maximum distance you would shoot at one with that ammo?

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Your maximum effective range is not limited by your rifle but by your ability to properly place the bullet. How far away can you hit, under adverse conditions, a 6-7" kill area? Many years ago, when we had a pretty good running deer target we found out that shooting off hand at 80 yards is very tough. Most guys couldn't hit a 10" circle consistently shooting from the offhand position. You have a fine rifle and bullet combination for coyote: now you just have to ask how good you are and access your abilities intelligently.

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from rusty gordon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

im using a shooting rest.i dont think anyone could shoot well without one.i hate bullet drop.it irritates me.

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from browningfan9 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Anything that you shoot from a 243 is a good choice. I shot a coyote at 375 yards with a browning A-Bolt 25 wssm, with a Winchester 120 factory load, and i dropped the thing in its tracks. It left a 3" by 4" hole, and blood everywhere.

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from rusty gordon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

wow.

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from huntnow wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

+1 rusty, bullet drop is frustrating for us all. i would say that you can only go to small for coyote, not to big. they frustrate me as much as bullet drop.

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from sam colt wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

i use my 243 with a 100 gr bullet for deer and all my varmits its plenty enough but not to much

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

You might try some 243 loaded with 75 gr, less drop.

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from ckwill174 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Should be a deadly combo...trust me and my family knows...thats what we shoot and we take between 30 and 40 coyotes a year in Indiana...

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I use my 338 Win Mag every once in a while, they make good practice when shooting Big Game!

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

I prefer smaller bullets than the 100 grain for coyotes because of their speed on running targets. However the 100 grain does a fine job on coyotes and is not too much. It is especially good if you use coyote hunting to sharpen your skill for deer hunting. If that is the case, you are getting familiar with the performance of the rifle and it makes you a better hunter.

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from Greg23 wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

its a good stopper i dont think youll have to worry about drop theres plenty of velocity to compensate you dont want something to light to blow around in the wind remember shooting a coyote at 200 yards is like a rabbit at 50 not to much room for error.get er done

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from grant77 wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

its perfect

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from wildcaller11 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

We shoot 85 grainer's at up to 400 yards. Yesterday my father shot a coyote with our Colt AR-15 at 485 yds with 68 grain .223's

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

No. It should be fine 100 grain can shoot very accurately for several 100 yards.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Excellent coyote round, same trajectory as a .270 win 130 grain

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from browningfan9 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Anything that you shoot from a 243 is a good choice. I shot a coyote at 375 yards with a browning A-Bolt 25 wssm, with a Winchester 120 factory load, and i dropped the thing in its tracks. It left a 3" by 4" hole, and blood everywhere.

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from rusty gordon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

yes i have a rem. model 770 243 bolt action i just figured id go shootin some coyotes. do you think the 100 grain drops too much?

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from rusty gordon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

would a 95 grain make any difference?

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Your maximum effective range is not limited by your rifle but by your ability to properly place the bullet. How far away can you hit, under adverse conditions, a 6-7" kill area? Many years ago, when we had a pretty good running deer target we found out that shooting off hand at 80 yards is very tough. Most guys couldn't hit a 10" circle consistently shooting from the offhand position. You have a fine rifle and bullet combination for coyote: now you just have to ask how good you are and access your abilities intelligently.

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from rusty gordon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

im using a shooting rest.i dont think anyone could shoot well without one.i hate bullet drop.it irritates me.

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from rusty gordon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

wow.

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from huntnow wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

+1 rusty, bullet drop is frustrating for us all. i would say that you can only go to small for coyote, not to big. they frustrate me as much as bullet drop.

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from sam colt wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

i use my 243 with a 100 gr bullet for deer and all my varmits its plenty enough but not to much

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

You might try some 243 loaded with 75 gr, less drop.

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from ckwill174 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Should be a deadly combo...trust me and my family knows...thats what we shoot and we take between 30 and 40 coyotes a year in Indiana...

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

I prefer smaller bullets than the 100 grain for coyotes because of their speed on running targets. However the 100 grain does a fine job on coyotes and is not too much. It is especially good if you use coyote hunting to sharpen your skill for deer hunting. If that is the case, you are getting familiar with the performance of the rifle and it makes you a better hunter.

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from rusty gordon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

thank you

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from rusty gordon wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

thanks.i was worried it wouuld drop too much.but now i know.what is the maximum distance you would shoot at one with that ammo?

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I use my 338 Win Mag every once in a while, they make good practice when shooting Big Game!

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from grant77 wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

its perfect

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from buckmasters02 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

nah it aint.

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from Greg23 wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

its a good stopper i dont think youll have to worry about drop theres plenty of velocity to compensate you dont want something to light to blow around in the wind remember shooting a coyote at 200 yards is like a rabbit at 50 not to much room for error.get er done

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