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Old 01-01-2013, 11:14 AM
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Default What's the most popular coyote round?

Looking to get a dedicated coyote rifle. Any suggestions as to caliber and rifle make/model?

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Old 01-01-2013, 11:18 AM
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.223 AR platform has killed more coyotes for me than my other rifles which were:

- Savage Model 12BVSS in 223; obscenely accurate & deadly
- Remington 887 with 3in #4 buckshot (54 copper played pellets)

Overall, I did a lot (far too much) coyote hunting in North East New Mexico & S
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:21 AM
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ar 10 in .308 or ar 15 in 6.8 spc then you can hunt deer/ hogs and exotics. With .308 elk. If you have the money m1a. If on a budget bolt action .308 or min 22-250
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:22 AM
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Edit - and south west Colorado. Cool thing is the host of "Predator Nation" Fred Eichler lived in the next town (Trinidad, Colorado). He talked with me for nearly an hour one day & confirmed my methods were solid, a great affirmation. LOL

Most common rounds I've seen used:
-223
- 22/250
-243
- Shotgun & #4 buck

If you have an AR, coupled with an optic that suits your shooting ability, it is an amazing coyote smasher. Otherwise, I'd toss in a vote for a Savage + accutrigger combo

Specific to coyotes, I've seen the following platforms used quite extensively:
- Howa Ranchland
- Howa Axiom
- Model 700 varmint models

Anyhow, predator hunting is addicting. Nearly a tie for first with waterfowl in my life.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:09 PM
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BAR .243 barnes tsx
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Old 01-01-2013, 1:34 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions. How about scope magnification? I was thinking the shots would be pretty close so maybe 1-4 or something more?
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1-4 or 3-9 at best have seemed to do me the most justice personally... Because if (when) you call in enough coyotes, there will invariably be 50 meter or less shots.

Closest one we ever had, on a two-man setup was 20-25 yards. No joke. That's why we always did one shooter with #4 buckshot, for out to 50yds & the AR (or bolt gun shooter) for more distant.

Ultimately, I would go with what suits your own shooting abilities & inherent limitations. I prefered a 1-4, my friend used a 3-9 yet he had a 22/250 and admittedly was a better shot.
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The most popular is probably 223

The best imho is a 55g NBT 243. Shoots real flat out to 300 yards traveling just under 4000 fps.

I have a picture of a coyote leg blown CLEAN off with that round
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243 ... now that's got me thinking. I have a few .223's but they're setup mall ninja tacticool style. A camo 243 walking rifle would be pretty cool.
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5.56 is very popular, but I like my 22-250. If I'm feeling especially cranky, the .308 works as well.
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Default coyote round

winchester model 70 in 223 WSSM flat out smoke's them
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.223 is probably the most common caliber for yotes. Assuming you are not looking for a wildcat I would suggest that as #1 choice. Pretty much any centerfire in .22 or .243/6mm does the job nicely on yotes.
AR or Bolt gun is up to you and as for optics, you will probably find yourself on the lower end of magnification more often than at the high end. 1-4x, 1.5-6x, are great options. I use a 1.8-10x on my 6mm coyote rifle and have never needed more than 10x. Cant go wrong with a good ol 3-9x though, if you can make a moving shot on a close coyote at 3x
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hey DirtyDave,

I tried to read your post but your avatar is freaking me out.
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BTW, was just browsing Gallery of Guns and saw a Weatherby Vanguard S2 and a Tikka T3 Hunter both in 243 that looked really ice.

Anyone own one of these or have any experience with them?
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Nothing wrong with using any rifle round 223 or larger. Hell, get 'em with a 375 H & H and they could explode like the famous exploding prairie dogs on youtube!

I love my remington 700 SPS in 30-06. It doesn't kick too hard, reasonably lightweight, super accurate, dozens and dozens of varying ammo available, and will put down most game in North America.
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Looking to get a dedicated coyote rifle. Any suggestions as to caliber and rifle make/model?

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I think a few guys missed this part. Dont know why guys are suggesting the big stuff to shoot a 25lb dog. He didnt say he wanted 1 gun to do it all. He needs a COYOTE rifle.
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I get along pretty well with 204,223,22-250,243.22-250 has been my personal favorite for a long time.The last 4 I have shot were with a Tikka T3 light in 243.When it comes down to it,look for a gun that fits you well.Try several models/brands.Then fit a decent scope to it,that comes instantly to your field of view when you place your cheek.Like someone said,it is up close more times than you would think and they do not hang around long.I like 3-9s for being light and way more than enough manification for shooting them.BDC type reticles are nice,but any of these rifles zeroed at say 200yds will whack them within 300 yds, if you just put the crosshair on them.Aim low under say 75 yds.Practice that,it will come in handy.
I have replaced several rifles with the Tikka T3 lites.My Howas have Christensen barrels,but the factory light models are great.Remington,Savage,Browning,they are all great.Keep it light if you think you want to pack it very far.I have spoke to a few folks that have bought the Rem 770 lately.Kind of inexpensive,and they like them.I am not much of a Ruger 77 guy,but I would like to try their new American model(I think it comes in 243).
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The most popular is probably 223

The best imho is a 55g NBT 243. Shoots real flat out to 300 yards traveling just under 4000 fps.

I have a picture of a coyote leg blown CLEAN off with that round
I just found that picture! Holy Crap!!! That is major damage!
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:10 AM
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I use the savage 111 in 204 with a scope powered up to 14, use varmint grenade or vmax bullets. Shotguns are good for areas with lots of cover or if your hunting with a partner or you just like them close! I use the dead coyote round made by HM, it uses T shot and is a 3.5 shell for more shot in each round. I also like the Hornady self defense round 00 at 1600FPS.
Some shots will be close some will be far just depends on location and how smart the dogs are. I find those that use AR's tend to shoot more bullets to get the same kill as people that hunt with bolt actions. Both are fun but the AR offers more options for a long range bullet with the same setup.
I picked the 204 due to the trajectory and the lack of a kick so you can keep the scope on the animal after the shot.

I attached a chapter from hunting the hunter vol. 1 it's a great read from a guy that has hunted them for a long time, it covers almost everthing even the FMJ issue.

Good luck!

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243 ... now that's got me thinking. I have a few .223's but they're setup mall ninja tacticool style. A camo 243 walking rifle would be pretty cool.
My BAR lightweight stalker in .243 w/ the barnes tsx is my go to, its the bomb for dogs man, they really drop dogs on spot and since I hunt dogs in the desert, the .243 bucks the wind a bit better than the .223.

I have a leupold 4x12 rifleman on it...
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I use a Tikka T3 Hunter in 22-250 and my son carries a Howa Ranchland in 223. I usually have a shotgun with 00 buck as well.
The scope on the Tikka is a 6-24x50 and the Howa has the 3-10x42. Shotgun for the 0-50 yard shots, 223 for 50-150 yards, and 22-250 for 100-300 yards if needed. Seems like they either come in close (under 40 yards) or they hang out pretty far (200ish yards), never in between.
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Could someone please answer a question for me? I watch both the Predator Nation and Fur Takers. What is the attraction to using a shotgun? I would think that it would produce too many holes in the pelt.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:19 PM
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For close shots, sometimes you get a smart one that you don't see and he's on top of you before you know it or when there's lots of cover or your in a shotgun only area.
It's not always about the pelt.
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Something in 243. Great round for up close and at distance.
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The great thing about the 223 is you can have brass for a life time and get it free.You just go to your local shooting area/range where city boys come and shoot their safe queen AR's then go pick up a bunch of brass and reload them..
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