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Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14425916 01/01/20
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I’ve killed quite a few coyotes with a 221FB, 223, 218 Bee, 222rem and 220 Swift. The 220 Swift is hard to beat, especially loaded with 50gr vmax bullets.

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Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14429168 01/02/20
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I'm a coyote junkie, irregularly rotate between the 22 WMR, 218 Bee, 222 Rem(2), 223, 22-204, 5.6x50R, 22-250(2), 5.6x52R, 6x45mm, 6mm-204, 25-204, 6.5x58R Sauer and 6.5 Grendel and I have a 20 Practical in the works It should be out killing coyotes by the end of the month. The oddball metrics are on combo guns that I use in the brush. The 22 WMR and 218 Bee are used when targeting fox and cats with coyotes secondary. My goto's for pelts are the 222 Rem and 22-204 the 20 Practical will go in here also. The others are used when pelts are not worth anything/control work.

One gun for coyotes, sacrilege!


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Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: erich] #14429346 01/02/20
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Originally Posted by erich
I'm a coyote junkie, irregularly rotate between the 22 WMR, 218 Bee, 222 Rem(2), 223, 22-204, 5.6x50R, 22-250(2), 5.6x52R, 6x45mm, 6mm-204, 25-204, 6.5x58R Sauer and 6.5 Grendel and I have a 20 Practical in the works It should be out killing coyotes by the end of the month. The oddball metrics are on combo guns that I use in the brush. The 22 WMR and 218 Bee are used when targeting fox and cats with coyotes secondary. My goto's for pelts are the 222 Rem and 22-204 the 20 Practical will go in here also. The others are used when pelts are not worth anything/control work.

One gun for coyotes, sacrilege!


erich you are a sick man! I thought I had it bad! grin


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Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14430081 01/03/20
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If you want to shoot 40 grain bullets, in my opinion, you can't beat the 204. If going heavier, 223 or 22-250 with the nod probably going to the 22-250 for distance. Having said all of that, I usually prefer to use a .243, .260 or 6.5 as I'm not a fur hunter. I'm sure I've been very helpful throwing in all of those options for your one rifle for coyotes; so, for one rifle, .223. It just covers so many bases, bullet weights and other options in coyote hunting.


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Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14430377 01/03/20
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Not only the rifles, I have a truck for hunting and a MC for places the truck cant get to.


After the first shot the rest are just noise.

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Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14430941 01/03/20
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If I had to use one rifle, it would be a 243. I usually grab the 222RemMag though, because it is in a Sako L461 and I really like that rifle.

I use a 22 Hornet, 222RemMag and the 243.

When I get a new ranch to hunt, and I have to come back with dead coyotes to impress the owner, I grab the 243, usually using a 75gr Vmax.

Long range, or short, this is a hammer on coyotes, and has been surprisingly fur friendly, from 20yds to 450yds+. I went about 33 coyotes straight without any fur damage or exits. On #34, the damage was, shall we say, severe.

Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14430963 01/03/20
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It’s more about the range, and conditions ... and time of year I was shooting in the most.

Long range = alsways over 2oo.. .. I go with the 243

Always Under 300 with lots of yotes = AR 223, better yet 6.8 SPC

Long long range (western Kansas) 500 yard shots or more 25-06

243 (in fact any cal. That is. 70 grain plus) HAMMERS yotes hard.....


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Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14433244 01/04/20
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I have been shooting control over 30 years in the west and I'm a one trick pony I guess. .243. I have plenty of rifles but I like having that one that just feels right, and use it for many things. My .243 is good for coyotes, speed goats, Wolves, deer, and a few other animals. Like a well broken in glove I like my Tikka in my hand, as I have liked others in past succession.
Fur was never a concern and since they came out I have shot countless coyotes with the 55 grain ballistic tips. From Federal.
Very few I can recall were messed up from that round but perhaps some shoulder or hi spine shot.
Now we're it a caliber for ONLY coyotes, too many to choose from. I would go a bit lighter and focus on light recoil so I could get back on target faster.
Good luck

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Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14436272 01/05/20
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240 weatherby with 70 grain B tips or if the fur is what Your after a 17 Remington

Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14437870 01/05/20
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best balanced rifle I've ever had in my hands that I liked the most, was the Remington Predator Models when they first came out...
fast runner up would be the older Remington 700 Mountain rifles with the laminate stocks...

but I do have a couple of varmint caliber Featherweights, that are awfully darn handy feeling also...

always keep saying I was going to take off the 223 barrel with a one in 12 twist and put on a 1 in 7 twist barrel...

I could live with that real easy....




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Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14438261 01/05/20
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Thanks again for the ideas...............


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Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14468210 01/14/20
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Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14468759 01/14/20
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I went from a 223 to a 243 with lighter bullets then the 243 with 87 gr V Max. Its a superb combination. I don't shoot them anymore the whitetail population is out of control.

Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14469442 01/15/20
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Serious coyote hunters around here have been very happy with the .204 ruger in Tikka rifles. Detachable box magazines are very nice when you see a coyote of opportunity while driving. The small bullet seldom exits and it kills well and shoots flat.

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