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What's the best gun/ammo for coyotes?
Self | 9 Jun 2011 | Notary Sojac

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 :-).

Other considerations

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.


TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: banglist; coyote; gun; rifle; vanity
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1 posted on 06/09/2011 7:33:12 AM PDT by Notary Sojac
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To: Notary Sojac

Ruger 10-22


2 posted on 06/09/2011 7:34:36 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! I know i was kidding)
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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.


3 posted on 06/09/2011 7:35:36 AM PDT by BipolarBob (There, but for the grace of Jose Cuervo, go I.)
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.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 )


4 posted on 06/09/2011 7:36:26 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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Weatherby Vanguard (sporter or varmint weight, your choice) in .243 Winchester.


5 posted on 06/09/2011 7:37:37 AM PDT by MCF
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I’m not an expert on guns or coyotes but wouldn’t it depend on what kind of gun the coyote has?


6 posted on 06/09/2011 7:37:46 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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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.


7 posted on 06/09/2011 7:38:53 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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Help?
8 posted on 06/09/2011 7:38:53 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Texas Eagle

Damn, if they can shoot back I guess I’m staying in town.


9 posted on 06/09/2011 7:39:15 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Populism is antithetical to conservatism.)
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Winchester .308 or 7.62 x 51 NATO terminates with extreme prejudice.


10 posted on 06/09/2011 7:39:29 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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.223 is an excellent choice.


11 posted on 06/09/2011 7:40:08 AM PDT by unkus
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“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.


12 posted on 06/09/2011 7:40:38 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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Killing coyotes is my hobby. I use two guns. 7mm Remington Mag. and an AR-15 in 223.
13 posted on 06/09/2011 7:40:52 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ ("If I ever kill you, you'll be awake. You'll be facing me, and you'll be armed. " Mal Reynolds)
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Looks like any piece of wood with a metal barrel from ACME will do.
14 posted on 06/09/2011 7:40:57 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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Killing coyotes is my hobby. I use two guns. 7mm Remington Mag. and an AR-15 in 223.
15 posted on 06/09/2011 7:41:03 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ ("If I ever kill you, you'll be awake. You'll be facing me, and you'll be armed. " Mal Reynolds)
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To: Notary Sojac

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.


16 posted on 06/09/2011 7:41:37 AM PDT by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga; Notary Sojac

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.


17 posted on 06/09/2011 7:43:19 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Notary Sojac

Good luck getting gun/ammo advice from FReepers. The gun grabber brigade should be here any minute...


18 posted on 06/09/2011 7:44:03 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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When we lived in the country I got my wife a cheap Mossberg 12 gage pump for such issues. I told her, “anything beyond the shotgun range, don't worry about it, I'll take care of that.”

A couple of coyotes, several rattle snakes, and one really strange acting possum were summarily dispatched.

19 posted on 06/09/2011 7:44:03 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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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.


20 posted on 06/09/2011 7:44:10 AM PDT by gmoore57
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