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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.....

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.
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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.

Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14521650 01/30/20
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When I was in Colorado I liked 22-250 and 6mmBR and started with a Handi Rifle in 223. Here in NC a 22-250 with bluedot loads is fine but an AR or Mini14 would be fine too.
One rifle? Naaaaa.


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Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14522091 01/30/20
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I've shot most coyotes with a Ruger bolt-action .223 and the 50 grain Sierra Blitz. Very accurate bullet that works well on critters.

Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14523064 01/31/20
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If I had a rifle that I called a "coyote rifle", it'd be a 22-250. But when I hear "hobby farm", I think 22 Hornet,,, with a minimum of 22 mag and maximum of 222 Rem for a "coyote rifle". Only now I might...naybe...possibly consider 17WSM.

Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14524757 01/31/20
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AR with a 6x scope.


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Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14524787 01/31/20
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FOLLOW THE RULES FOR BLUE DOT LOADING.

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.22-250 loaded with Speer .40 grain flat base soft points..........on top of......Blue Dot...pick your charge.


.243 loaded with Speer 70 grain TNT......on top of.....Blue Dot.....pick your charge.


.17 HMR..........best inside 100 yards.


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Re: Ok - one rifle for coyotes? [Re: bigwhoop] #14525842 01/31/20
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I own one that I made a lot of my living with 30 years ago shooting fur. It's a Sako in 222 Remington.

However today, the rifle I get the most coyotes with is a light barreled AR15 in 223. The 223 from a 16" barrel gives me identical ballistics as my Sako 222 with it's 22" barrel . I shoot a 50 grain bullet at 2850 from both. Same bullet, same speed. The AR is only able to shoot about 1-1/8" at 100 yards and the Sako shoots about 1/2" but the AR gives me instant ability to fire again, and I have found that to be a huge advantage when you find the occasional pack of coyotes instead of the singles and doubles. I do have another AR with a match barrel, but it's heavier and doesn't handle as quick as the light carbine so I have found I get more coyotes with the light one. The faster handling of the short light one makes for more opportunities to get a shot and the heavier match barreled gun is very easy to make precise hits with, but it's slower into action, so I just don't get the opportunities to fire with it as often.

I still love the classy old Sako, but if I were to go buy a rifle for shooting coyotes today, it would be an AR15 without any reservations at all. Install a good match trigger and you'll get a lot of shots and make a lot of hits.

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