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shotgun load for coyotes #14175306 10/03/19
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What 12 gauge 2 3/4 or 3 inch load would you use for coyotes? I have a box of Rio's 12 gauge 2 3/4 3 3/4 dram 1-1/4 # 6 shot already what do think of this load for coyotes? Estimated range would be 10-20 yards. I was at my mother -in-laws house last week when a coyote walked through her yard, first time seeing a coyote there, She does live out in the woods , but here other houses around so was little surprised to see it may not see one again but would like to be prepared.

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I have killed them with most everything from Remington's #6 "Heavy Game" loads up to and including OO buck. I have shot more with #4 buckshot, though, as that is what I usually have in my "home defense" Ithaca Deerslayer.

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Re: shotgun load for coyotes [Re: 358win] #14175355 10/03/19
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Idealy, lead BB's. @ 10-20yds, as a target of opportunity, whatever you happen to have.


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At 10-20 yards, I would think #6 to be a minimum size.....horse1 suggestion of lead BBs is much better I would think.

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Geez, doesn't anybody use claymores for coyotes anymore?


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we killed them while hunting pheasant, #5 or 6 does the job

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At that close range, any bird shot will work.

For real predator work at further ranges, lead 2 up through 4 buck.

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Larger shot is a bit better, but not mandatory depending on range. I had success in the past with 20 ga 2-3/4" #3 buck but had no houses other than my own within a mile or three. BB shot would likely work just dandy. 3" shells? Phffft------


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https://www.hevishot.com/catalog/dead-coyote/

At 10-20 yards, as others have said, whatever you have.
As the ranges get longer, this stuff is impressive.

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4 buck is what we use for predator work out of the helicopter on wolves and coyotes. It offers a good combination of shot pattern density and mass for knock down power. There are 27 pellets in a 2 3/4 shell. Combine that with a full choke, and your range should be around 50 yds with a little hold over. BB s so a good job too.

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A year ago - Was turkey hunting. Sitting against a large Cedar. I called and coyote charged me. First saw him at about 25-30 yds. closing full speed. Up came the 20ga. The red dot hit his face and gun fired. He rolled, kicking, up against my feet. Federal #7 Hevi Shot. This was one of these big Eastern dogs. Largest I've seen. Fresh drawers! Exciting.

Several years ago. Turkey hunting. Had been calling - went quiet for several minutes. Got that weird feeling some one's looking at me. Began looking around. Nothing. Peered around the big maple I was sitting against. Nothing. As I turned back....What did I just see? Looked closer. Two brown eyes materialized looking through brush about 20 feet out. 12ga, tight choke. #6 Winchester turkey loads.
Wonder how long he'd been contemplating me.

I don't recommend 7s or 6s.
Up close, in the face, they have worked. I'd rather have #4 buck or better. At least for these Eastern coydogs.
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Originally Posted by atse
4 buck is what we use for predator work out of the helicopter on wolves and coyotes. It offers a good combination of shot pattern density and mass for knock down power. There are 27 pellets in a 2 3/4 shell. Combine that with a full choke, and your range should be around 50 yds with a little hold over. BB s so a good job too.



Same here! I prefer to use #4 Buck in my Benelli while calling Predators, but when I lived in Michigan, they wouldn't allow the use of Buckshot at night. Guess they expected EVERYONE to be a poacher.....so I used lead BB shot when hunting at night.

Time's have changed, and so have their rules, but that would be my choice.

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The local dog-control officer recommended the Remington 12 GA 2X6 Duplex Turkey load as the ultimate tool for feral dogs and coyote. He used to send a dumpster of 1,000 lbs worth of dead dog off to be rendered every month.

I've found #4 lead turkey loads to do a very adequate job when the need arose during season. When I'm not hunting turkeys, switch to #2 high-brass lead.


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I was coyote hunting a few years ago and we were in pretty heavy cover so I decided to use my shotgun instead of a rifle, I missed a couple fairly easy shots. This really bugged me so the next weekend I went out to pattern my shotgun and find the best shell-choke combination. I was shocked at the results, at 20 yards shooting at a clean 4 foot square sheet of cardboard only 3 pellets hit 😬😳. I tried every choke with similar results this was with 00Buck. I then switched to 4 Buck with a full choke and every pellet hit with a nice tight pattern.
Later that year I did the same test with a different shotgun and had the same results neither my Remington or Browning will shoot 00Buck but they both shoot 4Buck awesome

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I've killed them turkey hunting, using #5 shot, 3 inch and 3 1/2's. Always had to shoot them more than once, but then I'd say the range that I shot them was at least 25-30 yards, maybe ever more a time or two. If I were going to hunt coyotes with nothing but a shotgun, I'd either find some #2 lead shot, or us #4 Buck.

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My only experience is with #6 tungsten during turkey season, @ 40 yards it will drop one. We've also found out on hogs that a rib shot with the same load we'll knock the air out them long enough to get closer and put one in the head.

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Another vote for #2 lead, very effective.


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Inside of 20 yards a good #4 or #5 turkey load will be fine from a tight choke but I would like #2s even more. Beyond that BB or #4 buck would be fine.


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Originally Posted by atse
4 buck is what we use for predator work out of the helicopter on wolves and coyotes. It offers a good combination of shot pattern density and mass for knock down power. There are 27 pellets in a 2 3/4 shell. Combine that with a full choke, and your range should be around 50 yds with a little hold over. BB s so a good job too.



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