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Question by littledeer. Uploaded on June 15, 2011
Will it take a coyote? Yes.
Will it take a coyote cleanly? Uhmmmmmm...... maybe.
When you start tackling coyote sized animals with a .22LR, you MUST have good ammo. Bare minimum, Remington Golden .22's.
If you are going to use a .22 LR, its best to use hyper velocity loads with perhaps an expanding hollow point.
If you can, I would upgrade to a centerfire .22 caliber rifle. You can go with a .223 Remingtong, but I would prefer a .22-250 Remington. I love mine.
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No... shooting coyotes with a .22LR is cruel and inhumane. They are big and tough and shooting one with a .22 usually results in a lost cripple. Please don't do it.
How about the .22 Hornet?
If you are IN the Dakota's, the coyotes may be a bit larger than they are here. (body mass equates to heat production, the colder the weather, the larger the animal) It doesn't get THAT cold where I am, so yodel dogs rarely exceed 30 to 35 pounds. A .22LR, with GOOD ammo, is perfectly capable of taking 'yotes.
i would go with a bigger bullet like the others said it will do it but ive had a yote take 10 22 rounds and still be alive 2 hours later
You have a good point there Bubba. Most issues I have seen with the .22 came on big South Dakota coyotes with full winter fur. They were about the size of a German Sheperd and of course thick coats of fur. As a teenager, I tracked several for miles across the snow and eventually lost them... all shot at ranges under 50 yards and most shot in the chest. Some had been hit multiple times. I finally asked hunting buddies to please quit using .22s because I felt sorry for the coyotes.
.223 at a minimum.
like jeff, i don't use anything less than .223.
ive taken a few coyotes with a .22 but wounded many more with bad shots. i have since started useing a 30-06 it drops them where they stand
There is a difference between shooting a coyote at close range with a .22LR as a target of opportunity and going hunting for them with a .22LR. Always let your conscience be your guide.
I took down a coyote in back of my house just last week with a .22LR. Clean head shot with my Ruger MarkIII Target competition using CCI Mini-Mags. Granted, he was only about 30 feet away. I do my coyote hunting with a 25-06 because we have little, scrawney song dogs here in SoCal. Back in Colorado, a 30-06 is my choice because the 'yotes are much larger and even more wary.
I'm okay with the .22 Hornet. I once took a 12-pound eastern woodchuck at a shade over 150 yards with the Hornet. It was eclipsed when the .222 Remington appeared on the scene, but it's a great little round.
If I have to get a pasture poodle in .22 LR range, I'm using a 12 ga with hevishot coyote loads, more margin for error.
I like my 17/Hornet on yots at 200yd, its not for pelt hunters.
For night hunting them in NH we either have to use a .22 rimfire, muzzleloader or bow. I would trust a .22 at no farther than 50 yards (peferably closer)with a head shot, body shots would be a big no-no for me. An old trapper I know drops them with .22 shorts at 10-20 ft and they drop like a sack of rocks, so theres some potential... A bigger caliber would be better though.
Bubba, a .22 Hornet wouldn't be bad, but its a chore just finding factory loads for that little bugger. It would be a different story if you handloaded though.
The CCI 40grain Velocitor HP (Hollow Point) will cleanly take a coyote, and so will the CCI 40grain mini mag cprn. (Copper Plated Round Nose) and not just with head shots either. These two bullets are devastating on dog size varmint. 22lr ammunition has come along way in the past 20-years making the 22-magnum almost obsolete.
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