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Has anyone shot a coyote with a 17hmr?

Uploaded on August 10, 2009

I was curios if anyone has shot and killed a coyote with a 17hmr and if so how far away was the animal

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

If you're wondering if it works, YES it works. 17 HMR is a great coyote round. Kid from my school shot a deer at a good 100 some yards with his .17 and dropped it. I'm not encouraging killing deer with it, but i'm just saying it's capable.

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from jtboles wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Thank you I appreciate the info it helps cause i've heard mixed emotions about use on anything much bigger than a whistle pig

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

oh sure. do not use it on deer. dont do it. but it's made for coons, coyotes, rodents, etc.

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

oh sure. do not use it on deer. dont do it. but it's made for coons, coyotes, rodents, etc.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I use a .223 personally but a friend of mine uses it for yotes. He says that it will nock them flat. He does shoot them though, either way he swears by it.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I should say he shoots them in the head

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from LittleBearGuns wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I have shot a few with the 17hmr but at close range from a call point, I have had them come in within 20 ft and had a good rest to shoot from, mostly head shots, and some still ran off, just to die in the brush, so i started to use the 223 and they don't get up. LB

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

The 17 hmr is not an adequate coyote rifle. I hunt with a fairly large contingent of friends with every rifle you could imagine. There are a total of seven men with a 17 hmr rifle and they all love it as a target and long range crow round but all, to the man, no longer use this rifle on and thing large than very small game. The horror stories of use on larger game is substantial. I'm talking about long time hunters and real events, not I think and maybe. The bullets are the problem, they are not solid enough to penetrate and cause blow up on contact. This rifle is not adequate for coyote and I'm someone who loves shooting this particular round and will very shortly have a rifle in this caliber.

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from TAV80 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I have shot only one cyote sence i have got my 17hmr. It was a 150yd shot and was impressed with it. Cant wait for a longer shot.

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from metsfan6734@yah... wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I always saw th .17hmr as a fairly close range varmint gun.

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from hengst wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

A 17 hmr will kill a coyote a 17 hmr will kill a deer but that does not mean I do it. Even if it is a coyote it should still be dispatched humanely. The least I would go is a 204 ruger I prefer my 223 or 243. IMHO the 17 hmr is for target shooting or at varmints fox sized and smaller

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from brw7979 wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

Yep, I've killed several yotes with a 17 HMR. I've got one posted on my profile, took him at 147 yds.

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from NorthIdahoK wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

I have shot two coyotes with my 17 HMR. One was shot in the neck at about 50 yards with a 20 gr TNT. The other was a headshot at just under 100 yards also with a 20 gr. TNT. The 17 HMR will kill coyotes but shot placement is critial as to not have the animal suffer. The only reason I chose to use my 17 HMR on these two coyotes was because they were in the process of devouring four of my laying hens. My 17 HMR was the most handy at the time. When I set a stand and am calling for coyotes I leave the 17 HMR in the safe and grab the 22-250. I feel as if the 22-250 is more humane even for varmints.

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I have killed coyotes out to 150 yards with the Hornady rounds and killed a hog of about 80 lb's with one shot right behind the ear from a stand in a live oak tree.It's capable of stopping a coyote dead in his tracks as long as the shooter is able to do his.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Has anyone seen the hog kills made with a high powered pellet gun? Having proper velocity and bullet placement anything is possible. Just make sure of your game laws in your state, if minimum caliber applies, to avoid any potential legal problems!!

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from cas0905 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

shot placement is the key to killing anything

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

Never seen one shot with a 17hmr? But a 338 Win Mag with 250 grain works pretty good!

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

With a 22 Hornet, a 223, and a 22-250 setting in my gun safe beside the 17 HMR it is highly unlikely that I would pick up the 17. Deer can be killed with the 17 and the 22 long rifle but everytime - all the time - as my 5 year old granddaughter says "ain't gonna happen." Lets be humane when we kill things and yes we are not going to harvest animals we are going to kill them, lets be as quick and humane as possible, we owe it to the wildlife reguardless of what the animal.

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from James Fiddler wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

Ive shot 3 coyotes with the .17 hmr and the last one was over 100 yards through the heart lung area and that coyote flipped and died within seconds I had the same results all three times 1shot in the heart lung area one dead coyote within seconds none ran more then 10 yards

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

oh sure. do not use it on deer. dont do it. but it's made for coons, coyotes, rodents, etc.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 34 weeks ago

The 17 hmr is not an adequate coyote rifle. I hunt with a fairly large contingent of friends with every rifle you could imagine. There are a total of seven men with a 17 hmr rifle and they all love it as a target and long range crow round but all, to the man, no longer use this rifle on and thing large than very small game. The horror stories of use on larger game is substantial. I'm talking about long time hunters and real events, not I think and maybe. The bullets are the problem, they are not solid enough to penetrate and cause blow up on contact. This rifle is not adequate for coyote and I'm someone who loves shooting this particular round and will very shortly have a rifle in this caliber.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I use a .223 personally but a friend of mine uses it for yotes. He says that it will nock them flat. He does shoot them though, either way he swears by it.

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from LittleBearGuns wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I have shot a few with the 17hmr but at close range from a call point, I have had them come in within 20 ft and had a good rest to shoot from, mostly head shots, and some still ran off, just to die in the brush, so i started to use the 223 and they don't get up. LB

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from metsfan6734@yah... wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

I always saw th .17hmr as a fairly close range varmint gun.

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from hengst wrote 4 years 21 weeks ago

A 17 hmr will kill a coyote a 17 hmr will kill a deer but that does not mean I do it. Even if it is a coyote it should still be dispatched humanely. The least I would go is a 204 ruger I prefer my 223 or 243. IMHO the 17 hmr is for target shooting or at varmints fox sized and smaller

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from jtboles wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

Thank you I appreciate the info it helps cause i've heard mixed emotions about use on anything much bigger than a whistle pig

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I should say he shoots them in the head

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from NorthIdahoK wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

I have shot two coyotes with my 17 HMR. One was shot in the neck at about 50 yards with a 20 gr TNT. The other was a headshot at just under 100 yards also with a 20 gr. TNT. The 17 HMR will kill coyotes but shot placement is critial as to not have the animal suffer. The only reason I chose to use my 17 HMR on these two coyotes was because they were in the process of devouring four of my laying hens. My 17 HMR was the most handy at the time. When I set a stand and am calling for coyotes I leave the 17 HMR in the safe and grab the 22-250. I feel as if the 22-250 is more humane even for varmints.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

Has anyone seen the hog kills made with a high powered pellet gun? Having proper velocity and bullet placement anything is possible. Just make sure of your game laws in your state, if minimum caliber applies, to avoid any potential legal problems!!

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from cas0905 wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

shot placement is the key to killing anything

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

With a 22 Hornet, a 223, and a 22-250 setting in my gun safe beside the 17 HMR it is highly unlikely that I would pick up the 17. Deer can be killed with the 17 and the 22 long rifle but everytime - all the time - as my 5 year old granddaughter says "ain't gonna happen." Lets be humane when we kill things and yes we are not going to harvest animals we are going to kill them, lets be as quick and humane as possible, we owe it to the wildlife reguardless of what the animal.

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

oh sure. do not use it on deer. dont do it. but it's made for coons, coyotes, rodents, etc.

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from brw7979 wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

Yep, I've killed several yotes with a 17 HMR. I've got one posted on my profile, took him at 147 yds.

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I have killed coyotes out to 150 yards with the Hornady rounds and killed a hog of about 80 lb's with one shot right behind the ear from a stand in a live oak tree.It's capable of stopping a coyote dead in his tracks as long as the shooter is able to do his.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

Never seen one shot with a 17hmr? But a 338 Win Mag with 250 grain works pretty good!

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from James Fiddler wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

Ive shot 3 coyotes with the .17 hmr and the last one was over 100 yards through the heart lung area and that coyote flipped and died within seconds I had the same results all three times 1shot in the heart lung area one dead coyote within seconds none ran more then 10 yards

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from Reid Jones wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

If you're wondering if it works, YES it works. 17 HMR is a great coyote round. Kid from my school shot a deer at a good 100 some yards with his .17 and dropped it. I'm not encouraging killing deer with it, but i'm just saying it's capable.

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from TAV80 wrote 4 years 22 weeks ago

I have shot only one cyote sence i have got my 17hmr. It was a 150yd shot and was impressed with it. Cant wait for a longer shot.

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