View Full Version : Coyotes caliber?

05-12-2007, 9:58 AM
Do you guys think a 308 is to big for coyote hunting? I'm not looking to keep the fur, and I know I won't be shooting a lot of them in one day so cost of ammo is no concern.Also, does any one know were I can get a chance to shoot my first one?

05-12-2007, 10:26 AM
I haven't hunting coyotes yet (would love to for the fur!), but I hear from many that the 22-250 is just about perfect for coyote. I hear .204 Ruger is good too.

However, if you don't plan on keeping the fur, I also would be interested to know from others why it would matter if you used a .500 Nitro Express? Dead is Dead, I would think?

05-12-2007, 11:05 AM
If you're not keeping the fur, which is smart because warm weather coyotes have inferior fur, so unless you're hunting up in the Sierras in winter they're not worth much.

Use whichever gun you shoot accurately to as far as your comfortable. Since you don't say what part of CA you're in it's hard to recommend a place for you to try hunting them.

05-12-2007, 7:34 PM
I live in the bay area

05-12-2007, 8:06 PM
I've used my .223 with 55gr soft points and it leaves a big exit hole. Not good for keeping the fur. I've also used my .22-250 with 55gr soft points. I couldn't find the entrance or exit wound. (I didn't skin it) No fur damage at all. Nice thing about the 22-250 is that it releases all it's energy INSIDE. The bullet fragments and the dog drops, end of story.

05-12-2007, 8:15 PM
Dead is dead bro. Use what you got.

223 WWB 45 grain HP. I could stick my fist in the exit hole. We think it blew a rib out :D

05-13-2007, 7:21 PM


05-13-2007, 10:15 PM
I've never personally hunted Coyote's(although I'd like to), but it seems that a .308 would be a bit large. I'd say a .22 centerfire is going to get the job done about as good as anything.

05-13-2007, 11:06 PM
i does not matter wat you use as long as you kill them using your 308 is good cause it can be practice for deer season when i lived in wyoming my buddy used his 375 H&H on p-dogs and i never saw him miss a shot on big game EVER!

05-14-2007, 6:10 AM
Use whichever fits you best. Here's one taken with my 6.5x284 at 732 yards.

05-14-2007, 9:03 AM
Impressive! Can I go hunting with you? :)

05-14-2007, 9:06 AM
Thanks for all your advise guys. Is their any body out their that can show me the ropes? I live in the bay area. Thanks.

05-14-2007, 6:05 PM
im in san gabriel valley.. who wants to take me? :)

05-15-2007, 3:17 PM
i use a 270 with 90 grain hollow points. but a 308 would probably do the trick

05-15-2007, 3:51 PM
I used a 30-06 once. Looked about the same as cap's pic above...


Flux Capacitor
05-16-2007, 7:29 PM
im in san gabriel valley.. who wants to take me? :)


Rule .308
05-16-2007, 7:50 PM
Alot of it depends upon the bullet you are using and not so much the caliber. When I used to hunt coyotes competitively I started with a Ruger in .243. I worked up a load using 70 JHP Berger bullets and they did hideous amounts of damage, I had the same effect with the TNT rounds. One of my hunting buddies recommended Nosler Ballistic Tips and I have used nothing but ever since. You see the damage caused by a 55 gr. 223 round, the 70 grain .243 Noslers would penetrate and then explode inside like a small grenade. As massive as the hole is in that picture I had animals with similar if not worse wounds that would run off and I would have to blood trail, not with the Nosler BT's. One of my buddies that I would go on off hunts with insisted on using his .308, it always did the job but was a bit on the overkill side in my opinion. If you do use it I would recommend something with a ballistic tip.

05-17-2007, 9:56 AM
45-70....that is all.

05-17-2007, 9:58 AM
rule makes a very good point

05-17-2007, 10:53 AM
Yup, them dogs are tough. Even with a big wound, it may not stop them yet. I had one get up and try to get away from me once. Had to shoot it again on a run. Get a caliber and bullet choice that will release ALL it's energy INSIDE of it's target. Fast and light is the key IMO, that's why I chose 22-250 for my bolt gun.

Rule .308
05-17-2007, 1:44 PM
There is a great deal to be said about shot placement too. On the team I was on there was a 22-250, .243, and 25-06 all using Nosler BT's. The guy with the 22-250 rarely missed on shot placement and almost never had to track a dog down, the guy with the 25-06 was a gut shooter extrordinaire and boy did we have to track dogs down when he was on the gun. I remember one shot of mine that was a little high into the shoulder area and that damn dog would jump up onto her hind legs and sprint for 40-50 yards at a time. After about the third time we had to just hang back and let her bleed out or she would just keep running. I hit one with those Berger JHP's and it ran probably 2-300 yards across a plowed field before it gave out. When I got there it had a hand sized hole in the side of it chest with nothing but chunks of heart and lung hanging out of it. Damn coyotes are some really tough critters.

05-17-2007, 3:26 PM
How is the SST bullet preform?

05-18-2007, 8:45 AM
What FJOLD said. If you're not keeping the pelt, size doesn't matter. Just use the rifle you are most accurate with. If that's the .308, then go with it.