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#1427534 - 11/29/09 09:49 AM Re: best coyote caliber [Re: akdeaddog]
Va243hntr Offline
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Registered: 07/06/08
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Loc: Lee County VA
+100 on the savage
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#1427555 - 11/29/09 10:16 AM Re: best coyote caliber [Re: RHcoyotehunter]
Daryl Offline
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Registered: 04/23/01
Posts: 806
Loc: Arizona
Originally Posted By: RHcoyotehunter
i dont want to destroy there pelts so i think i will leave the 243s alone


Then that limits the choices. From what I've experienced, the hot .22 cartridges are pretty hard on fur, too. The 22-250 is just about as hard on fur at times as the .243, and I've shot a lot of coyotes with each.

If you want nice fur without large holes, stick with the .17 or .20 caliber centerfires. Maybe a .223, depending on the load.

You can load a 55 grain bullet in a .243 down to 22-250 levels and get just about the same results, but it's still going to be hard on fur.

Daryl

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#1427576 - 11/29/09 10:42 AM Re: best coyote caliber [Re: Daryl]
mnblaster Offline
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Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 262
Loc: MN: Land O' Franken
from the reloading standpoint - .223

for work out to 300 yds - .223

for rifles offered in a variety of rifling twist rates for different bullet weights - .223

now for an opinion: Remington 700SPS
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#1427611 - 11/29/09 11:45 AM Re: best coyote caliber [Re: RHcoyotehunter]
fxpro Offline
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Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 293
Loc: Montana
Originally Posted By: RHcoyotehunter
does anyone use a 204 and if so does it work good for coyotes
I have the .204 in the Savage Mod. 10 predator. So far the yote count with it has been 14, with one run away..bad hit..The longest shot was 412 yards on a coyote which was ranged by my pardner before the shot,it was a fatal shot but he simply jumped up in the air and ...walked... up the trail about 60 yards, layed down and died! The .204 is great on yotes!
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#2241758 - 06/30/12 04:56 AM Re: best coyote caliber [Re: RHcoyotehunter]
Tjkiller Offline
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Registered: 02/23/08
Posts: 1121
Loc: South Fauquier Cty, VA
Less runners and spinners with 22-250, even less with the 243. 223 is more economical and good enough.
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#2241793 - 06/30/12 09:42 AM Re: best coyote caliber [Re: RHcoyotehunter]
Coyotejunki Offline
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Registered: 04/03/04
Posts: 3451
Loc: MO
Too the original poster, I don't know if there really is a "Best" coyote caliber? I believe that a good coyote hunter will get coyotes regardless of what caliber he uses. He will have his preference though.

Fur friendly or not, can be an issue. Are you going to shoot a lot of cats, or mostly coyotes? Large numbers of coyotes, or just a few, with minimal sewing involved. Do you even give a hoot about the fur?

Will you shoot this rifle a lot or just a couple of boxes of cartridges a year?
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#2241798 - 06/30/12 10:16 AM Re: best coyote caliber [Re: RHcoyotehunter]
GTOHunter Online
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Registered: 01/08/12
Posts: 1026
Loc: Southeast Missouri
I had been Hunting Coyotes with my Browning A-bolt Hunter in .243 using 100 grain Hornady Custom factory loads....little hard on the pelts but nothing got away either! laugh wink


I went with a CZ "Varmint" heavy barrel model 527 in a .204 and I am very impressed with the knock-down power and light recoil of this caliber,plus it is very easy on the pelts/hides!I'm using 32 grain wicnchester ballistic tip bullets but will be switching to 39 grain Sierra Blitz Kings.The 40 grain Hornady V-max also shot well in my .204 Rifle.So far I've killed 9 Coyotes with my .204 and only 1 made it about 30 yards and dropped,got 1 double kill on 2 Female Coyotes and each died within 10-15 yards of each other...most of my shots were actually pretty close range from 30 yards,50-60 and out to around 125-150 yards at the furtherest.


Edited by GTOHunter (06/30/12 10:20 AM)

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#2241800 - 06/30/12 10:18 AM Re: best coyote caliber [Re: RHcoyotehunter]
doa Offline
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Registered: 01/15/11
Posts: 518
Loc: kansas
Ok, I'm not trying to be a jerk. But have I missed something? This thread was back in 09 right?

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#2241803 - 06/30/12 10:23 AM Re: best coyote caliber [Re: RHcoyotehunter]
GTOHunter Online
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Registered: 01/08/12
Posts: 1026
Loc: Southeast Missouri
I think the dates are off.....I haven't been a member of PM that long,any ways were desperate for post/replies and digging up old ones are fun! LOL wink

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#2241807 - 06/30/12 10:32 AM Re: best coyote caliber [Re: RHcoyotehunter]
doa Offline
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Registered: 01/15/11
Posts: 518
Loc: kansas
GTO, I've got no problem with it. Just thought I'd missed something. Lord knows I'm no computer wiz

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#2241821 - 06/30/12 10:56 AM Re: best coyote caliber [Re: Tjkiller]
dan brothers Offline
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Registered: 12/03/10
Posts: 2887
Loc: Santee, SC 29148 USA
Originally Posted By: Tjkiller
Less runners and spinners with 22-250, even less with the 243. 223 is more economical and good enough.



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#2241879 - 06/30/12 01:00 PM Re: best coyote caliber [Re: RHcoyotehunter]
SHampton Online
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Registered: 04/28/11
Posts: 1545
Loc: BAOklahoma
30/30. It gets no better!

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#2242698 - 07/01/12 09:00 PM Re: best coyote caliber [Re: RHcoyotehunter]
old folks Offline
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Registered: 02/11/12
Posts: 198
Loc: sabine county tx.
270 gets it done for me. fur friendly is when i see it fiy.
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#2242709 - 07/01/12 09:22 PM Re: best coyote caliber [Re: RHcoyotehunter]
Scot Offline
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Registered: 07/02/11
Posts: 164
Loc: Missouri United States
I have a large rifle battery for varmint and coyote hunting. I've shot coyotes with the 221 Rem Fireball, 222 Rem, 223 Rem, 204 Ruger, 22-250 Rem, and 243 Win. But, if I were only to have one rifle for coyote hunting, it would be my all time favorite, hands down....the 22-250.

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#2242771 - 07/01/12 10:49 PM Re: best coyote caliber [Re: RHcoyotehunter]
Coyotejunki Offline
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Registered: 04/03/04
Posts: 3451
Loc: MO
If fur prices are as good as this last season, I'll probably use my 17 mostly or perhaps the 204
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