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Posted: June 13 2018 at 6:12am | IP Logged Quote M700

Do you have a favorite coyote rifle? Often coyotes are just a target of opportunity for me, I'll be out in ranch/farmland and see one, so whatever rifle (or handgun) is on hand gets the chore. My favorite though is my 25-06 Rem 700 CDL with the 6x Leupold. I don't use a specialized handload, preferring to simply use my deer & antelope load, a 115 gr bullet at 3100+ fps. I keep the rifle zeroed at 300 yards, and it shoots flat enough that shots from up close to 400+ yards haven't been a problem.





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Where I live it's the .22-250 as the .25-06 has a little to much range
for this area. Also use it for groundhogs too.   Fitted with a B&C
stock and Timney trigger it is quite accurate.



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I plug 'em with whatever I'm carryin' at the time.
Usually pistols lately.

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Posted: June 18 2018 at 7:04pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I apparently missed one with a .222 the other night. HAd a good spot mostly hidden behind a big berm, camouflaged up overlooking a wheatfield which had a big uncultivated strip through it. After about 20 minutes, there's a stationary coyote. The Shot felt good, I wasn't rattled and it felt good, I may have hit him, just not immediately fatal. I haven't killed many, and most have been at close range with overwhelmingly powerful things, muzzle loaders, shotguns, etc. I hear they can take a lot of killing. I saw this one run off, couldn't get another shot off. Hopefully it's dead.

It did occur to me that something with a little more punch might be warranted. I may dust off my old 6mm and see what she'll do.

For the near term, though, the weapon of choice is gonna be the Mossberg 835. There are darn few places on my property right now I can see farther than shotgun range and I have quite a few different factory loadings and plan to handload some BB shot in some 3" hulls I have.

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Posted: June 19 2018 at 3:52am | IP Logged Quote Rex

Years ago I bought a butt ugly H&R single shot with heavy barrel in .223. Got it to carry on the tractor, combine or sprayer without worry of skinning it up. It is an old 1-12 twist barrel and shoots just fine.
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Posted: June 19 2018 at 4:31am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Indeed, the .223Rem is an excellent choice for coyote.
Once had an Armalite AR180 in 5.56mm that I used with
great success hunting wood-puppies on ranches located
near my area. Had a dozen keys and combinations for locks
to access them. The ranchers loved the fact a police
officer was there and a call before going out was all
that was required. My buddy, Hollis, used a Colt CAR15,
the forerunner of the current M4 style of today. For
quite awhile we kept the cow pastures thinned down of
them rascals. The .223Rem did this quite well.

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Posted: June 19 2018 at 6:16am | IP Logged Quote Ranch 13

Usually a 223 or 243. Prefer the 243 with 100 gr bullets when intentionally
going out to call them in. 30-30 works well to, but is a bit hard on pelts.

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Posted: June 22 2018 at 8:47pm | IP Logged Quote LAH

.233 or .22-250. Both 700 Remington.

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Posted: June 23 2018 at 5:41am | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

I generally shoot them with whatever is at
hand at the time unless going after them
specifically. When that happens it's
usually a group effort between me and my
woman, she takes the long shots with her
big bores with me acting as spotter for
her and if any of them pop up at 300 yards
or less those are mine to shoot. Usually
I like to take something that is a classic
old school sharp shooters setup. Mosin
with original WWII scope is one of my
favorites, as is an M1 Garand with Korean
erea offset scope setup, if I want to go
more modern I'll go for my AR10 in DMR
configuration or maybe my 6.5x55 Swede
single shot with modern optics. Every
once in a while I'll take out the old
faithful 7x57 Spanish American War Capture
Rifle with iron appature sights but only
if I'm really trying to challenge myself.

As you can see I really don't go for the
light 223 type calibers. I want something
that will pound them down hard, pelts are
not a concern for me, plus I prefer
something I can shoot cast lead or cast
zinc alloy bullets from and not have to
pony up for the extra cost of jacketed
store bought bullets. Cast lead for the
bolt guns, cast zinc for the auto loader
guns with gas systems. And as any of you
know who cast your own the smaller the
bullet you are trying to cast the more
issues can arise and zinc alloy casting
this is even more so then with lead
casting. I've tried to cast zinc alloy
223 bullets but just haven't been able to
pull it off. Got 30-cals pretty much down
sold and the Garand and AR10 get fed a
steady diet of them, as do my other auto
loading 30-cal and fat-30 guns (SKS, AK,
Dragnov, etc.) But just haven't been able
to make the zinc bullets work for the
small caliber stuff.

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Posted: June 27 2018 at 2:53am | IP Logged Quote REM1875

The 243 is a favorite deer cartridge down here but I have
heard of enough failures to want something a little more.
Last deer I got with with 30-06.
They are small here usually.
My land is pretty wooded even after a fire a few years ago
and any old round bigger than 6mm/243 is enough.
Feral hog is as common as coyote almost.
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Posted: June 27 2018 at 3:44am | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

REM1875 wrote:
. . . . Feral hog is as
common as coyote almost.


I have mixed thoughts about feral hogs,
which I have hunted as a guest in Texas.
I understand what a nusance then can be
and how much damage they can cause.

That said it would be kind of nice to have
a local wild critter that was plentiful
and fun to hunt that you could hunt year
around with no tags or limits that was
also good to eat.

Never tried to eat a coyote bit I imagine
they wouldn't taste good like bacon does.

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Posted: June 27 2018 at 10:13am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Time was ranchers shot coyote with M94 .30-30's and drug
the carcass over to a fence to hang there and to rot. A
very oderus display for other wood puppies in the area.
Hogs were not plentiful 30 years ago. Today they're
everywhere! They are the epitome of nasty foul invaders.
Fortunately the state of Texas openly declared war on
hogs with no season, limit, not even a hunting license
required [on own land] to destroy 'em in place. We kill
them. Let them lie as they are to rot in the sun. That's
how much they're hated here!

Thought calibers of all sorts are used against hogs, the
smart folks use an AR15 in 5.56mm to kill both the coyote
and hog in our pastures and woods. It is the #1 varmint
rifle in Texas today. Here, we're not concerned with
exotic calibers and flashy rifles. We want something
simple and easily operated. Yet affordable and low cost
to operate too. The .223Rem/5.56x45mm in the AR15
platform fills that bill perfectly. And to satisfy almost
a whole state the size of Texas is saying something.

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Posted: July 07 2018 at 2:03pm | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

.222, works well, so does the .30-06 with 110 grn. bullets, however those do tend to turn the coyotes inside out.
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I use a .22 mag (30-grain V-max) around the house and a 5.56mm (69gr SMK) at longer ranges beyond 100.

My .22WMR.

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Many are shot here, along with fox, up close & personal at
night using a call. The choice of weapon, shotgun.

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I have a Howa 1500 in .223 that makes a great Coyote
rifle. There are plenty of good choices in the 6mm and
6.5mm camp plus the fairly new .204 Ruger.

My Howa is extremely accusatory my handloads and I
changed out the internal magazine to a 10 round
detachable mag in case I come upon a dog patch lol.
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Wanting to try a Howa rifle.

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I will take them with whatever I have at the time. I've used the .223 Rem a few times. Took one with the Marlin 1894 .44 Remag, some with the .22 WMR and one with the .17 Hm2.
The .17 Hm2 hit was into the boiler room at about 75 yds. and the dog went only about 30 yds. before piling up.


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