Skip to comments.Firearms Advice - Coyote Problem (Vanity)
Posted on 12/09/2007 8:32:13 PM PST by Moose Dung
Sorry for posting this in the main area, but I need some advice quickly.
Over the past few weeks I've been having a real coyote problem. We're in the San Joaquin Valley and have always had issues with the coyotes, but this year seems to be expecially bad (even traveling in small packs, which I've never seen before). I need some recommendations on the proper weapon to deal with these varmints.
Well I didn’t say it was a perfect solution......:o)
I freepmailed the guy ....told him to scope his marlin and use stingers as that works here in the panhandle of Texas for my coyote solution within a hundred yards. type of bullet and shot placement is key to quiet solution !
If he could keep his pup kenneled up a few weeks the liquid solution is magical. I have also seen pieces of compressed sponges fried up in bacon grease scattered in and about coyote land that does the trick.........think corked up at one end ugly death.
Cheap route was suggested to snag a surplus 6,5x55 Swedish Mauser and a Scope and lay waste to the critters for less than a 150$ if your a careful shopper.
Stay safe !
Well if we have an unlimited budget I want a property fence made of det cord !........LOL !
Could use a scoped tarhunt bolt 12 gauge with a #4 buckshot shell deep cut at the wad.....travels like a slug, 1 inch group at 100 yards. Explodes like a frag grenade upon impact. nothing but fur and a tooth er two left........
The donkey answer was not a joke. They hate coyotes and will kick the snot out of them. Lots of farmers here in Tennessee have just one or two in with their animals... near me they are with cattle, horses, goats and sheep that I can think of off the top of my head. You won’t have to worry about chasing the coyotes around with your mag light if you have one.
My great gandfather had the same problem with raptors. He took care of the coyotes with a .270 or an Army surplus M-1. He would keep the lambs in the lambing barn as long as he could so as to reduce losses to raptors.
Hadn’t considered that. May not be a bad idea...
Got any suggestions?
Use the moose gun
The night shooting with a mag-lite kind of made me very afraid for just about everything except the coyotes.
That's true. They will hunt down and stomp coyotes to death. And the unfortunate thing is, you can shoot coyotes all day long and it won't help; they just breed more and faster when you cut their numbers back a little. Getting a couple of llamas is easier, they're on watch all the time when you can't be.
You do know there is suck a thing as a laser sight you can put of the barrel, Like this : http://cgi.ebay.com/LASER-SIGHT-Scope-2x-Switch-2x-Mount-SET-remote-knob_W0QQitemZ360003361577QQihZ023QQcategoryZ106974QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem. They have all kinds of them depends on your budget.
I would think any rifle more powerful than the .22 mag should do the job. A .223 with hollow points should be about ideal but other things suggested like the 30-30 etc. will also kill them like lightning.
I have seen my father kill large hogs with a .22 short but that was at close range and he was a real expert not only with the gun but knowing exactly where to shoot them.
I have a Marlin .22 mag bolt action which I got used for only $90 and it is more accurate than it has any business being, and I think that is common for these guns. It actually shoots 1/4 inch groups at 40 yards.
I put an inexpensive Simmons 4X32 scope on it It should be adequate for coyotes but I would rather have more power.
Any surplus military rifle will be excellent but they all shoot high at close range with issue sights. The Swedish Mauser is sort of the Rolls Royce of surplus because they are both well made and usually extremely accurate and the little 6.5 cartridge is effective against any thing inluding elephants with the right bullet. To top it off, the recoil is not too bad.
Another handy gun which would also be effective would be one of the modern Wincheste 92 copies chambered in .357 mag or .44 mag. (or anything it is regularly chambered in, for that matter). It would also have the advantage of not having an extreme range in case you miss high.
A 12 gauge with #4 buckshot eliminates coyote very handily. Also, little worry about hitting neighbors or missing the dogs at nite.
If complaints, just get some snares and hang ‘em in the trails in the brush.
I hate barn sheep. They become knee breaking grubbers waiting for a meal. Sheep born on pasture and ewes who raise them that way are stronger, healthier, smarter, and produce lambs who grow much faster.
If this doesn't work, invite the coyotes in for a beer and talks. Let them see the error of their ways. Remember, all options are on the table including the 870. ; )
In poor light from the fence line I can see only silhouettes much beyond 30 yards. If I sit quiet as they come by I can pop one or two. The .410 is a single-shot bolt action. By the time I reload they are gone. If I miss on the first pull, I’ve got no chance at a second.
When Woolworth’s was still in business I purchased two of those Swedish Muasers for $60 each. They had barrels of them along with Garands.
You are sure right there. I have had several Mini-14s and Ranch rifles. They are neat guns and generally satisfactory but accuracy is a real weak point.
I wouldn’t call them awful but they will usually group about 4 to 5 inches at 100 yards. I have never had one which was really accurate.
They weren’t raised in the barn; they were just lambed there. Worked fine for his father, and his father before him, etc.
Yes I remember the good old days of Military Surplus. Back in the 60’s you could get many surplus rifles for well under $20. I ordered a Polish Radom and a Spanish Astra 400 (which was the most beautifully finished gun I have ever owned) for a combined $36.00 This was around 1963.
During the 80’s my next door neighbor had an FFL which was not uncommon back then. He once ordered 12 Swedish Mausers for the two of us. He would transfer them every month or so to avoid having to send in the multiple purchase form. One of them was made by Mauser in 1896. The rest were all Carl Gustafs.