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.
I used a 12 G slug shot on a bowling ball once
6.5 Carcano or any bolt action 30-06, scopes are optional depending on how you like to shoot. Go to a local outdoor range and talk to people, possible test shoot what they have.
Got an audible from me on that one
Few things are more annoying than a yapping, squealing wounded coyote. You want something that will drop them cleanly, and while that’s possible with a rimfire, I would recommend a centerfire, something in the .222 Remington to .250 Savage range. As a number of folks here have already noted, the .243 Winchester is nestled well within there. It may be a little overkill at shorter ranges, but will extend your reach out to several hundred yards, and will provide you a good rifle for deer/pronghorn size game should you choose to hunt those at some point.
What do you mean by coyotes being a “problem”? Most issues between humans and wildlife can be mitigated with a little foresight. Unless you’re just itching to prove your country chops by killing something, I suggest you give some thought to that.
Anything above a .22 Hornet should be fine. The only upper limit would be how much do you like recoil.
I think a .223 or .243 are both just about ideal.
For handguns a .44 magnum would be good. A .357 magnum and even a 9mm should suffice.
Long ago when I was kid, my great uncle (long since deceased) was using 30-06 on groundhogs that were eating his garden. I thought it was a good idea. You didn’t have wounded ones running back into their holes like if you shot them with a .22. He sold produce, so the were eating his profits.
I'd take other precautions, like protecting pets at night and fencing off other areas you don't want invaded. Much more effective. But blast away at the occasional bold pest if it makes you feel better.
Think Wile E. Coyote.
I'd highly recommend the Barrett .50 cal M82 sniper rig.
I forgot to mention ammo. Basically, anything Federal makes especially their Supreme, will serve your needs well. Give a good .22-250 a try.
CCI has what they are terming a Stinger that competes with Winchesters Expediter .22LR.
Winchesters product is hard to find:
I found that my 1996 Ruger 10/22 RB performed better with the Winchester ammo than it did with CCI, Remington, or Federal.
The 7mm is one of the very best flying bullet choices because of it's inherent high coefficient (over 700) and the moderate load is not over bore capacity and is extremely accurate. Both cartridges are very easy to find and buy, since the buying frenzy trend is mostly focused on NATO rounds, like 5.56 & 7.62.
You can find a very good older action in Rem. 700, have it checked out and tuned by a good gunsmith to outperform a new factory rifle at a much lower cost.
Do this, and you will have a tack driving beauty that is a dream to shoot and maintain. Not only that, you can take it deer hunting when you graduate into that realm.
You are going to want a
Long Range Varmint Rifle from Savage in 22-250.
You speak my language!
If it takes a second shot, I can deal with that.
How close do you want to get before pulling the trigger?
Pretty close (see post 7). If I'm not sure the round won't carry to my neighbor's property, I'm not squeezing the trigger.
If you use a .22LR, I recommend CCI Velocitor ammo. I also recommend keeping your shots within 50 yards. I have killed coyotes dead in their tracks with Velocitors inside 50 yards. You can certainly kill them further. Coyotes that are busy mousing and not spooked are usually not hard to kill.
If you limit your shots to 40 yards or less, a shotgun with full or extra full choke and heavy shot works great.
Further out, there are numerous .22 centerfires to choose from. The .223 is ubiquitous and a good choice. The .22-250 is, in my opinion better. Just for pure shooting fun it is hard to beat the .22 Hornet.
You can also take the rimfire path with the .22WMR or the .17HMR.
I have seen coyotes killed cleanly as far as 220 yards with the .22WMR. I have no experience with the .17 version, but I’ve heard it works. If you were a reloader, the Hornet would be my recommendation.
.50 cal??? Holy frijoles. You want to kill them, not vaporize them.
I was helping out a farm in Tinton Falls NJ, ran across a woodchuck that had five furrows across its head.
Seems someone taged it at close range with a .22lr and it lived to tell the tale.
Left an impression on me.
I suggested the guy use a shotgun slug next time.
My buddy’s mom freaked out about the extermination of the ‘cute woodchucks’.
Not only that, think of his poor neighbors!
“If you only lived closer . . . I have a practically new Browning .243 with excellent scope . . I dont hunt anymore but it would be ideal for what you need.
A good choice of caliber. I have a Browning .243 lever action with a scope that I bought for my wife several years ago (lol) so she could go deer hunting with me (west Texas, small deer) but never happened, lol, :) The only problem with the .243 is cost of ammo. Thereby, I would suggest something similar such as the .223/5.56mm maybe a Ruger Mini 14 or a AR-15 (semi version of M-16). These rounds can be purchased cheaply (especially reloads) at gun shows, Shot Gun News, etc. Makes for fun plinking too. Anyway, my two bits :)
30-30 Winchester 1892 Carbine with a ghost sight on the receiver tang. Super fun and you can also get sabot ammo in, I believe, 22 cal.
Lights out! ;-)
See post 33 for ammo suggestion.
After you grab a couple boxes of the stuff, take the rifle to the range and practice with it, sight the scope etc, the high velocity stuff behaves vastly different than the usual 1230 fps ammo.
It will force you to also keep notes on which ammo works better for your rifle.
I have two Rugers.
One has a definite preference for the Winchesters.
The other seems to prefer CCI.
Good point. The noise would vaporize his neighbors.
Nothing cute about woodchucks. They're destructive pests. Personally, the last time I shot one was with .223 - left pieces of woodchuck where it exited and the thing still managed to get back in the hole before it died.
If you do not plan to take long shots, and the neighbours are a problem, I suggest a good old 12 gauge shotgun.
Coyotes are tough creatures, a load of heavy buckshot will do the trick if they are close.
Love the 7mm! It will kill em if it passes to close to their head! ;-) (not really bit they might die from from a heart attack if they saw the size of the slug!)
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