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Question by Ricky H. Uploaded on November 29, 2009
17 hmr is an awesome rifle for small game. I used to have one and was higly accurate from 20-120yds. About coyote hunting with it, I think its too small or a round. better for squirrel and rabbit and other varmint
I agree with BrigMarine.
i use a 17hmr for both just be a little closer to coyote and try for the head or good shot on the vitals
why go for a head shot and having the chance of wounding the animal buckeyeben. Why not use a slightly bigger round and place well aimed shots. Coyote hunting is fast paced and its hard to judge distance quick. just use a .223 round
Ive taken several coyotes with my 17 HMR. From 50yds to over 150yds. Never had one get away from a bad shot. Its a great little round and will bring them down. But for someone that hasent had much experience with coyotes I would suggest something a little bigger, maybe a 223 or 22-250.
thats why i said be a little closer to try a head shot like between 60 to 90 yards brigmarine and if your confident enough to use your 17hmr you shouldnt have much of a problem
Squirrels yes. I'd say it's a bit light for coyotes.
Squirrel yes, coyote no. The light bullet, significant wind drift, and less-than-impressive velocity make it a good small-game gun. Yes, you can kill a coyote with it, at short range with a well-placed shot, but it's not a good idea for a "coyote" gun. I could kill deer with a .22LR on a regular basis, but it would be both illegal and irresponsible. If you want to hunt both squirrel and rabbit with one gun, get a shotgun. A buckshot load through a shotgun would be more substantial at the ranges discussed above. However, I'd get two guns. If you call in open areas like I do, you'll want something with some range. My personal favorite is the .22-250.
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