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can a 22 lr kill a coyote? cause im going to get a .22 lr soon for squirrel hunting but theres a year round season for coyotes here and theres alot of coyotes when we where deer hunting we got 5 cyotes and saw atleast 10

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

A lot of animals (and people for that matter) have fallen to a .22 lr, but it would not be my choice for hunting animals the size of coyotes. Even vermin like coyotes deserve a clean humane kill. It is why we are called sportsmen. A close in head shot with a .22 lr will kill a coyote, but such shots cannot be counted upon. I recommend a bit more gun for coyotes. A .22-250 or .223 would be great.

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from badger99 wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

yes it can
but the best shot would be the head

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

To answer your question... yes. I would suggest CCI hollow points. They have a little extra knock down than the normal .22 lr.

But SD is right. A 22-250 would be better but if a .22 is all you have shoot wisely.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

IMHO Yes, But my suggestion is a .22Hornet or .222Rem,
.223Rem, if cost is your matter $$ WAL-MART has the
ROSSI Wizard(18 guns-in-one) go to rossiusa.com
C~FL

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from santa wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

The firepower of a 22 can cause death to man or beast under the right circumstances. But....The coyotes which we have the problems with in my area of south Alabama are very smart. It is very hard to ever see them with a good shot to start with. They have unusually good smell. They have very honed hearing. They have eyes much better than my old ones. They are extremely quick and do not stand still and give good profile shots. From tail on, they present a very small target. All these things make a good clean humane shot hard at best and more often than not, out of range for a 22.

It is wiser to speak softly and carry a big stick. *Teddy Roosevelt*

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from libertyfirst wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I don't believe that the 22 long rifle is the answer for coyote. I have used the 22 Mag. on coyote with very good success but even then the shot placement and the range are critical. I think that the 22 l.r. would anchor a coyote every time if you could get them to stand still at 10 yards. How often will you get that shot? I think that the .223 Remington is the answer for a cartridge that will take care of business virtually all of the time with the conditions you will encounter hunting coyote. When I hunt coyote, by calling, I typically use my 22 magnum. My longtime hunting companion uses his Remington 742 in .308 with 130 gr. h.p. The shots up here are usually very close in heavily wooded setting. We both get our share but I have to pass up shots that he can take with authority. I really suggest a more powerful rifle. Good hunting to you!

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from grant77 wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

yeah just shoot them in the head.

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from outdoorsman10 wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

22lr can kill a cyote, but you have to get it right on target. 22mag, 22-250, and 223 would be more ideal for the job.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

22LRs are coyote cripplers. Coyotes are tough and fast. Only the absolute best of .22LR shots at close range will kill a coyote humanely. If you miss the brain or heart by a quarter inch, the coyote will run in pain for miles. You will have a better hunt and show much more respect for wild game with a larger gun. I use a .223, 25-05 and 12 gauge with #4 buck for coyotes. I will NEVER shot at a coyote with a .22LR on principle.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Opps meant to say 25-06.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I've dropped'em out to 200+ yards with my Nylon 66!

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

i have a nylon 66 but wouldn't shoot a coyote wth it. never shot one with less than a .17hmr.

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from Joe Kidd wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

I too have dropped coyotes in thier tracks at 200 with a nylon 66. I'd prefer a 22-250 or a 25-06 though.

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from mitchskin wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

yes it will kill a coyote but you better make a good shot right between the eyes to give it a good humane kill and also not to damage the pelt too much

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from tyler.lunn wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

It is good up to 5 yards. You also have to hit it between the eyes to kill cleanly.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

There are those times when a coyote appears and the rifle in your hands is a .22LR - yes, tough choice, but the distance and the fleeting opportunity would (and has) answered that question for me. If I step out with coyote as my choice, I opt for the .223 and .22-250 or a number of other centerfire rifles.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

A lot of animals (and people for that matter) have fallen to a .22 lr, but it would not be my choice for hunting animals the size of coyotes. Even vermin like coyotes deserve a clean humane kill. It is why we are called sportsmen. A close in head shot with a .22 lr will kill a coyote, but such shots cannot be counted upon. I recommend a bit more gun for coyotes. A .22-250 or .223 would be great.

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

IMHO Yes, But my suggestion is a .22Hornet or .222Rem,
.223Rem, if cost is your matter $$ WAL-MART has the
ROSSI Wizard(18 guns-in-one) go to rossiusa.com
C~FL

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from santa wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

The firepower of a 22 can cause death to man or beast under the right circumstances. But....The coyotes which we have the problems with in my area of south Alabama are very smart. It is very hard to ever see them with a good shot to start with. They have unusually good smell. They have very honed hearing. They have eyes much better than my old ones. They are extremely quick and do not stand still and give good profile shots. From tail on, they present a very small target. All these things make a good clean humane shot hard at best and more often than not, out of range for a 22.

It is wiser to speak softly and carry a big stick. *Teddy Roosevelt*

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

22LRs are coyote cripplers. Coyotes are tough and fast. Only the absolute best of .22LR shots at close range will kill a coyote humanely. If you miss the brain or heart by a quarter inch, the coyote will run in pain for miles. You will have a better hunt and show much more respect for wild game with a larger gun. I use a .223, 25-05 and 12 gauge with #4 buck for coyotes. I will NEVER shot at a coyote with a .22LR on principle.

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from libertyfirst wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I don't believe that the 22 long rifle is the answer for coyote. I have used the 22 Mag. on coyote with very good success but even then the shot placement and the range are critical. I think that the 22 l.r. would anchor a coyote every time if you could get them to stand still at 10 yards. How often will you get that shot? I think that the .223 Remington is the answer for a cartridge that will take care of business virtually all of the time with the conditions you will encounter hunting coyote. When I hunt coyote, by calling, I typically use my 22 magnum. My longtime hunting companion uses his Remington 742 in .308 with 130 gr. h.p. The shots up here are usually very close in heavily wooded setting. We both get our share but I have to pass up shots that he can take with authority. I really suggest a more powerful rifle. Good hunting to you!

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from outdoorsman10 wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

22lr can kill a cyote, but you have to get it right on target. 22mag, 22-250, and 223 would be more ideal for the job.

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from badger99 wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

yes it can
but the best shot would be the head

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

To answer your question... yes. I would suggest CCI hollow points. They have a little extra knock down than the normal .22 lr.

But SD is right. A 22-250 would be better but if a .22 is all you have shoot wisely.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

Opps meant to say 25-06.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

i have a nylon 66 but wouldn't shoot a coyote wth it. never shot one with less than a .17hmr.

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from mitchskin wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

yes it will kill a coyote but you better make a good shot right between the eyes to give it a good humane kill and also not to damage the pelt too much

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from tyler.lunn wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

It is good up to 5 yards. You also have to hit it between the eyes to kill cleanly.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 3 years 37 weeks ago

There are those times when a coyote appears and the rifle in your hands is a .22LR - yes, tough choice, but the distance and the fleeting opportunity would (and has) answered that question for me. If I step out with coyote as my choice, I opt for the .223 and .22-250 or a number of other centerfire rifles.

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from Joe Kidd wrote 3 years 39 weeks ago

I too have dropped coyotes in thier tracks at 200 with a nylon 66. I'd prefer a 22-250 or a 25-06 though.

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from grant77 wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

yeah just shoot them in the head.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 40 weeks ago

I've dropped'em out to 200+ yards with my Nylon 66!

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