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Question by countyboy. Uploaded on January 13, 2009
There are a lot of guns that will work, I shoot a .243 but most guys like .223 or .22-250s. The most important thing is the scope because all these calibers are good. I prefer a 4-12 adjustable power scope with crisp optics.
I use an iron sighted .22 highpower (bigger than a .223 incase you havent heard of it) or a .223/.243. Im not sure what grain to use with a .223 but with a .243 i recomend 80 grain for coyote and 100 for deer. With the .22 highpower i use 65 grain and they work well. The .243 that i use has just a 4x power scope and it works well.
Anything that you can get 90 grain or less bullets for will work. Hell, if your a reloader you can make 90gr. rounds for a .270 that will scream. Find something that you are comfortable with and happy hunting.
I use a flat shooting gun like a .22-250 or a .204
You want a flat shooting caliber and I believe after using several different small calibers the 22-250 surpasses all. I use the Federal Sierra BlitzKing 55 Grains; if your zero is 200 Y any shot within 200 Y will be dead on, enough to kill a coyote and even a fox. You get out to 300 Y and the bullet has only dropped -5.2 inches, hold on the back of a coyote and you have a dead dog. With the addition of a long range large objective lensed scope you have a varmint killing machine!
To add to the above comment, you choose a bullet with a ploymer tip that has instant expansion you will have little or no pelt damage.
If you are in open counrty i would choose the .22-250, like other have said above it is fast and very flat out to 300 yards. But if you hunt in a tight area, you can't go wrong with a 12 ga. and buckshot.
I like the .223, because you can get into one for realtively low cost and the ammo is low cost to. Always have a shotgun with buckshot with you at your stand, for the coyotes that sneak up on you and are too close for a scoped rifle. Whatever you choose, practice, practice, practice!
Another option you have other than buckshot is Hevi-Shot Dead Coyote shells; sold in 12 gauge in 3" and 3"1/2.
I would shoot a .243 with a 60 grain bullet, which is very effective. What you can also, consider is buying a shotgun because some times coyotes come running in and you don't have enough time to put the scope on them. In one of the latest Field and Stream magazines, they talked about using a shotgun for coyoted hunting.
In terms of weight and barrel contour, the answer depends on the environment in which you normally hunt coyotes. As for the cartridge choice, I personally rely on a .22-250 and Hornady 55-grain Ballistic Tip bullets, but the .243 is also a fine choice.
I prefer the .223 I have mine set up with a 6.5-24x42 Leupold, and it has never let me down. It is much cheaper to shoo than the 22-250, and if you handload you can be selective with you loads, and not damage pelts. I shoot 50gr Hornady SPSX bullets @ 3200 fps, and I have yet to destroy a pelo or lose a coyote.
i would have to say 17hmr thats what i use i have killed alot of coyots with it and it is cheap to shoot
The 22-250 is an ideal choice for coyotes out to about 300 yards with the right bullet and a good rifle and shooter. Speer, Hornady, Nosler and Barnes all make good varmint bullets.
The .243 or 6mm Remington with 60-grain or 75-grain bullets is also an excellent choice, out to 300-350 yards, maybe 400 yards, if the shooter is very accurate and has a good rest.
I am not a fan of the .223 on coyotes at over 200 yards. I have seen too many people wound coyotes with .223s rather than quickly and humanely put them down. I am not a fan of the .223 in general--and consider the M-16 in 5.56mm to be a huge mistake as a combat rifle.
My favorite rifle for long-range coyote hunting is a .257 Roberts using Hornady 75-grain V-max bullets handloaded with H-380 to a muzzle velocity of around 3550 fps, or a 257 AI with the same bullets at a muzzle velocity of around 3675-3700 fps. (A 25-06 will do the same thing, but will kick more.) Either load is incredibly accurate, kicks barely at all, and will shoot as flat and as far--and carry tremendous punch all the way--as I am willing to take a shot. On a good day, under no wind conditions and with a good rest, a 500-yard MOA .257 Roberts or .257 AI shot is no problem on El Coyote. And one good shot = one kaput coyote.
The best caliber depends on your hunting situation. In open fields where long shots abound, something with higher horsepower such as a .243, 6mm Remington, .25-06, etc will be a better choice. Great all around choices include the .22-250 and .223. If you're hunting in thick brush a turkey gun loaded with buckshot will work great on the song dogs. Just use quick expanding bullets if you want to save the pelts. Stay away from full metal jackets as you can lose game rather easily unless you shatter major bone structure. Hapy Hunting!!
I use a .223 but I have tried a shotgun and a .22 but I didnt see anything.
I've heard it said that the best gun to shoot coyotes with is the one you have with you. I would generally agree with that statement especially if the 'yote is too near your house or your henhouse. There is no shortage of debate on the 'best' rifle cartridge, but the truth is that any centerfire .22, or anything in the .243/6mm, or .257/.260/6.5mm range will work just fine with the proper bullet sellection being the most important thing as stated elsewhere on this thread.
I would add one thing concerning the 00 buckshot that some believe as I do that you are better off with #2, #3, or #4 BUCKSHOT for coyotes because with there smaller size you are more likely to get more pellets where they need to be.
I personally shoot an M77 Mk II in .204 and have a tremendous time. I don't reload, but I know that I can go buy a box of Hornady 32 gr. bullets and have the speed and trajectory to smoke a coyote at 300 yards. What a rush, and they haven't got up and run away yet.
a 223 will hold up to 600yd.
a 17HMR will hold up to 350yd.
a 204 will hold up to 850yd.
i would pick any one of these.
I am a fan of the 25/06 myself. I call it a coyote's worst nightmare. That 85 grain bullets at somewhere around Warp 6 will really let the air out of them.
I would pick a 22-250, 243, or 308. I like the 308 for anything but they will all kill a 50 pound coyote.
also as Beekeeper has said the 25-06 will do good too, the 308 is probably overkill but bullets are cheap and I'm kind of a one caliber/rifle guy, I think it makes you a better shooter.
20 gauge with 3 buck
22-250, or 243
22 thats all i got that and a 30/06 with low ammo andthe kick of a donkey espesily for a 14 year old
I have only used a .22
I use a 12 gauge Mossberg 835 with either #4 buck or a load called "deadcoyote." This combination will easily anchor a coyote out to 40 yards.
A .223 is a darn good Coyote round especially at longer ranges.
it all depends on your range, but a few good calibers are 223 22-250 and the 204
.223 is a good round for yotes remington model 700 is a good .223
I highly recommend the model .223. Great gun for coyote.
i just got an ar 15 .223 it is the best coyote gun i have, i used to shoot coyotes with a 375 h&h that gun was impressive... dropped'em like a rock
Remington 700 in .223 is my choice in open Eastern Washington. Semi auto shotgun in wooded western part of the state. I like 3" 20 gauge with #4 buckshot
I use a 22-250 and a 12 gauge with hevi shot when they get close. They havent let me down yet
17hmr works fine.
That's why they make chocolate and vanilla. There a so many choices you can decide what you think is best.
There's .204, .222, .223, .243, .22-250, .25-06. Some guys like carrying a shotgun in case they pop up close. Or you could try a pistol for close range, say a .357. Of coarse you can never have too much gun if you are just controlling population. I've popped several with my .30-06 while deer hunting.
But if you want to sell the hides, and you are in an area with good hides, then use something really light like the .223. It will kill very effectively and a wide rang of distances and with the right bullet it will do very little damage.
So, everyone has been talking about calibers, but the question is what is the best specific gun. Here it is...... an AR-15 in a .204 ruger!!! flat shooting, reliable, and makes it easy to take those follow up shots on the running coyotes. you could drop the whole pack with this gun!!! and not to mention, the gun is blast to shoot (no pun intended).
get an accurate bolt action or AR
I like a .243.
For hunting coyotes, I would use a .223 or 243.
One that kills em clean and you can shoot straight
I like my Valmet 412 I have a 12ga 3 in over a 222 rem. If they are far out I use the 222 and when they sneek up on me I use the 12. I also have a combo 12/223 combo Remington Sparten that works really good.
I have many,many,many freinds who say that the Ruger Mini-14 is the best Coyote rifle they"ve ever seen and i believe it
-Semi-Automatic for quick follow up shots
-5 round detachable magazine 10,15,20,30,40,150 round magazines availible
-Iron sights are great
-includes scope rings and mount all
-all for around $600 fo the basic model to the $900 Target model
i have a amazing bolt action .223 its an browning x-bolt hunter i have just the regular browning 3-9x40 power scope ive shot clean shots with it from 400 yards with hornady 75grain v-max bullets and the pelt is still perfect and falls straight dead o and anybody who has a ar-15 u should plan on gettin a bolt action if u hunt like i do in winter cause i had a ar-15 bushmaster and my dad had a ar-15 dpms and both jamed wouldnt shot tight groups the i got this and my dad got the older a-bolt and neither have every jammed and shoot amazing groups and this x-bolt $671.58+$5.99 for shipping so would you want a gun that u can trust for less than a gun u cant and please go on youtube an look up the x-bolt even if u dont want need one u might think about even like a 30-06 in the old safe cause its such an amazing rifle to shoot and definetly the best gun ive ever owend o and if u see a video on a x-bolt malufuction well its not if u look really closely u can c hat the casing is dented ok (:
.270 works for coyote and deer.
The coyotes that I've taken were taken with 8x57JS mauser firing a 200gr soft point out of my 24/47 Mauser and 00buckshot in my old Westernfield shotgun. Buckshot doesn't mess them up too badly, 8mm is not recommended, it makes quite a mess, it'll do the job just fine, just isn't much left to the area of impact. I hit the left shoulder with the 8mm taking the right front leg off, completely destroyed the pelt. I have since moved on to using a Howa 1500 in .22-250 with simple 55gr soft point rounds, makes for a much cleaner kill and much less pelt damage
Personaly i like the .223rem it is very accurate out to around 500yds it also is a flat shooter some might disagree. Also it has so many different grain varieties. the gun of choice in my own opinion is the remington model 700 sps varmint with a harris bipod and a lepould scope i prefer 4-12x40mm but all i got on my 700 varmint is the 4-12x40mm scope and not even a bipod but soon gettin one. The great thing about the gun is that i was getting .5inch groups at 200yds with remington UMC FMJ or metal jacketed rounds in 55grains. on sweet gun o also the heavy barrel helps alot.
i shoot a weatherby vangaurd .223 rem topped with a tasco 2.5-10-42mm, held up with harris bipod, it hasnt let me down yet!
I use a 223 it gets out there and it has basically no kick.
223 AR 15.
I know this may be OVER KILL but i have a thompson center venture in 7mm remington mag. i use it to hunt deer, bear, every thing it does a hell of a job on cyotes with a 139gr sst from hornady, it will drop them out passed 500yards.
Best gun, in my opinion.257 Weatherby Magnum, with a 75 grain hollow point. It will reach up too 4600 fps and shoot flat at 350 yards + sure if you were dead rested and the yote was not moving, you could easily drop it at 1000 yards + with a kick ass scope. And 100 grain spizter you can easily drop one from 600 yards + thats going about 3700 fps.
I personally would take a HOWA .223 I can shoot well over 400 yards and be confident. I have never wounded a coyote. I've never even had one run. I shoot a hornady V-Maxx moving around 3200 fps
12 gauge loaded with buckshot or .223.
I use a .308 to hunt coyotes. it just drops them
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