Skip to comments.What's the best gun/ammo for coyotes?
Posted on 06/09/2011 7:33:09 AM PDT by Notary Sojac
This fall, we are moving from the city to the country, and I've been told by all my new neighbors that coyotes are a problem.
What I want to do is bring them down quickly when they are in the house and yard area (about 7 acres). I'm not going out to the far reaches of my 100+ acres of woodlands to look for them, and I really don't care about messing up the pelts :-).
This will be my first long gun. I've strictly been a handgun range shooter up till now.
I don't need to go to the cheaper side when buying the rifle, but the cost of ammo is an issue as I don't handload and want to be able to practice a lot (I already have a 400 yd range site cleared).
Appreciate any advice.
If you only lived closer . . . I have a practically new Browning .243 with excellent scope . . I don’t hunt anymore but it would be ideal for what you need.
.22 lr takes then down pretty good within 100 yards....farther out, a 7.62 x 39 is good, and the ammo is available reasonably cheap....if you want a challenge, a good crossbow can be accurate out to 75 yards ( may as well have some fun with it )
Weatherby Vanguard (sporter or varmint weight, your choice) in .243 Winchester.
I’m not an expert on guns or coyotes but wouldn’t it depend on what kind of gun the coyote has?
Something in the .223 (or 5.56), .243, or .270 range would probably be the cheapest that would get you quick kills. These do represent a danger to neighbors though as the rounds can kill out to about 600 yds and will travel 1 1/2 miles.
A .22 would kill them but not quickly unless you can get within 75 yds and are good enough for a headshot.
Damn, if they can shoot back I guess I’m staying in town.
Winchester .308 or 7.62 x 51 NATO terminates with extreme prejudice.
.223 is an excellent choice.
“What’s the best gun/ammo for coyotes?”
How dead do you want them?
How close do you want to get before pulling the trigger?
A Ruger 10/22 with Winchester Expediter screaming out of it at 1640 fps works.
If you can find an older Ruger 10/22 in .22 Magnum, that will work too.
But a good varmint gun using .223, .270 or so will also work, but you have to watch for over penetration punch through.
But I’m the guy who’d use a .308 or a .338 Lapua on a woodchuck, so don’t mind me.
I like .243 winchester or .308 - these are just personal preferences. You can use it on bigger stuff if you ever want to. I’ sure you’ll get as many different responses as people who post to this thread.
Depending on what state you are in, the coyotes may be hybrids.
Here in NY we have coyote-wolf-domestic dog hybrids.
They have beefier builds and thicker skulls.
Good luck getting gun/ammo advice from FReepers. The gun grabber brigade should be here any minute...
A couple of coyotes, several rattle snakes, and one really strange acting possum were summarily dispatched.
22.-250 is a great choice for Coyotes. I would buy a Remington 700 in any of the many model numbers. The recoil from a .22-250 is very mild, but it will reach right out and touch them.
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