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#5891362 - 12/07/11 257 Roberts and coyote
simplyme Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 12/07/10
Posts: 360
Loc: British Columbia
Looking for suggestions for coyote loads for my 257 Roberts. I would like as little pelt damage as posible.
I am Canadian.

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#5892058 - 12/07/11 Re: 257 Roberts and coyote [Re: simplyme]
Bowman44 Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 02/16/11
Posts: 509
Loc: Missouri
That is a tough order to fill. I don't know of a frangible bullet in that caliber that will not leave a tremendous exit wound. Maybe some 87gr v-maxes and try to punch them in the shoulders or the neck, and even then you will likely have some stitching to do! T.S.

#5893798 - 12/08/11 Re: 257 Roberts and coyote [Re: simplyme]
EWY Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 07/15/07
Posts: 3479
Loc: Illinois
Barnes makes a .257 90 grain solid.

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#5893800 - 12/08/11 Re: 257 Roberts and coyote [Re: simplyme]
Savage_99 Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 09/01/03
Posts: 14080
Load a boat tail bullet backwards. Base out.
"A current rifle obsession is shooting 'groups'.

The 'want' should be:

Hitting the game with the first shot. Staying sighted in!"

#5896665 - 12/08/11 Re: 257 Roberts and coyote [Re: Savage_99]
mart Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 03/05/03
Posts: 2680
Loc: Wasilla, Alaska
I have had better luck with the heavier bullets, 100-120 grain, for pelt hunting. A good many years ago the 257 Roberts was my only rifle and it had to do double duty for big game and varmints. It was pretty harsh on coyote hides with the 75 grain bullets and almost as bad with the 87 grainers. I never did try the solids. The 120 grain Speer was my big game bullet at the time and it did a pretty fair job on the coyotes without making extreme holes. Of course hit an offside shoulder and all bets are off. That can make for some interesting sewing.

"a large number of red blooded Americans have been striving to make us a Nation of Rifleman. We have succeeded. May we ever remain thus, for the privilege to bear, and the ability to use weapons is the greatest guarantee of Liberty." Townsend Whelen

#5897034 - 12/08/11 Re: 257 Roberts and coyote [Re: mart]
Redleg172 Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 452
Loc: Here and There
I'm with mart, go heavier and tougher at a lower velocity in the bigger bores. I have had fair luck in my Bob with the 100gr cup and core bullets, recently of the Remington variety. I have enough varmint rifles that this isn't my go-to gun but the incidentals I shot while deer hunting all faired okay.

#5950585 - 12/22/11 Re: 257 Roberts and coyote [Re: Redleg172]
L_Killkenny Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 01/01/06
Posts: 702
Loc: Iowa
Plus 2, Game bullets instead of varmint bullets will get you better results.


#5950599 - 12/22/11 Re: 257 Roberts and coyote [Re: L_Killkenny]
ingwe Offline
Campfire Oracle

Registered: 12/20/08
Posts: 62947
Loc: Southwestern Montucky
Yep..well constructed 100 grains +
Life's tough. Its even tougher if you're stupid.

#5950817 - 12/22/11 Re: 257 Roberts and coyote [Re: ingwe]
stillbeeman Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 08/17/09
Posts: 2794
Loc: middle Tenn
I tried some fmjs with a 22-250 trying to reduce pelt damage. I found that the fmjs would kill the coyotes but sometimes they didn't realize it until they were a long ways away. At the time, 55gr .224 bullets was all that was available.
Aim for the exit hole.

#5951822 - 12/22/11 Re: 257 Roberts and coyote [Re: stillbeeman]
WyoCoyoteHunter Offline
Campfire Tracker

Registered: 02/04/11
Posts: 6362
Loc: Carbon Co. Wyoming
Shot some jack rabbits with FMJ's in a 25-06...they didn't die right off...even the .30 cal. FMJ's permit coyotes to run off before they expire...

#5959957 - 12/24/11 Re: 257 Roberts and coyote [Re: WyoCoyoteHunter]
mistem Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 01/23/05
Posts: 3164
Loc: Ducked Up, USA
I've had great results with the Speer TNT's 85 % don't exit at 25-06 speeds....if it makes it out the other side hold on grin

Edited by mistem (12/25/11)
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