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#2411693 - 01/26/13 10:09 AM .17 HMR, Good Coyote Gun?
Josh-Petree Offline
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Registered: 01/24/13
Posts: 3
Loc: Hanover County, Va
I have a .17 HMR rifle and plenty of coyotes around my house but if I want to take down a coyote do I need to go bigger?

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#2411737 - 01/26/13 10:46 AM Re: .17 HMR, Good Coyote Gun? [Re: Josh-Petree]
venatic Offline
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In a nutshell....YES you need to go bigger. Do a search and read for weeks and weeks.
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#2411751 - 01/26/13 10:56 AM Re: .17 HMR, Good Coyote Gun? [Re: Josh-Petree]
kymailman98 Offline
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Registered: 12/14/08
Posts: 1369
Loc: Western Kentucky
I've killed a number of coyotes with the 17HMR, and had good results. I carried a 17HMR as my truck/tractor/4-wheeler gun and just happened to have it with me at the time. All the shots were a 100 yards or less. When I am hunting coyotes I use a 223, 22-250, or 243. Just because a 17 will kill them doesn't mean it's the best tool for the job.

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#2411783 - 01/26/13 11:43 AM Re: .17 HMR, Good Coyote Gun? [Re: Josh-Petree]
Chupathingy Offline
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Registered: 12/01/07
Posts: 6778
Loc: not here
At this point, whether it "is" or it "isn't" is irrelevant. But the fact that this question comes up twice a week is F'ing stupid, and it's always by someone who has either been here for 10 years and has 5 posts or someone who signed up yesterday. Put the results of a poll up as a sticky and be done with it already.


Chupa
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#2411796 - 01/26/13 11:56 AM Re: .17 HMR, Good Coyote Gun? [Re: Chupathingy]
staner Offline
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Registered: 12/08/12
Posts: 45
Loc: Kentucky
Originally Posted By: Chupathingy
At this point, whether it "is" or it "isn't" is irrelevant. But the fact that this question comes up twice a week is F'ing stupid, and it's always by someone who has either been here for 10 years and has 5 posts or someone who signed up yesterday. Put the results of a poll up as a sticky and be done with it already.


Chupa



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#2411813 - 01/26/13 12:14 PM Re: .17 HMR, Good Coyote Gun? [Re: Josh-Petree]
yotehunter243 Offline
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Registered: 12/20/10
Posts: 1321
Loc: Indiana
My best advice is try it and see.

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#2411818 - 01/26/13 12:21 PM Re: .17 HMR, Good Coyote Gun? [Re: Chupathingy]
woodguru Offline
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Registered: 10/30/12
Posts: 1339
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: Chupathingy
At this point, whether it "is" or it "isn't" is irrelevant. But the fact that this question comes up twice a week is F'ing stupid, and it's always by someone who has either been here for 10 years and has 5 posts or someone who signed up yesterday. Put the results of a poll up as a sticky and be done with it already.


Chupa


Don't hold back, say what you really think. lol

It'll kill them, but a "bad" shot is anything that isn't a really "good" shot and the thing is going to the next county.

If it's what you have it will work, no it's not a good caliber for them. If you are a great shooter who carefully places shots it makes a big difference.

Take it to em.
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#2411825 - 01/26/13 12:36 PM Re: .17 HMR, Good Coyote Gun? [Re: Josh-Petree]
HunterBear71 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 06/02/09
Posts: 2018
Loc: SC
Lots of 17hmr ammo still on the shelves.

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#2411967 - 01/26/13 03:37 PM Re: .17 HMR, Good Coyote Gun? [Re: Chupathingy]
BBsteel Offline
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Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 1607
Loc: MN
Originally Posted By: Chupathingy
At this point, whether it "is" or it "isn't" is irrelevant. But the fact that this question comes up twice a week is F'ing stupid, and it's always by someone who has either been here for 10 years and has 5 posts or someone who signed up yesterday. Put the results of a poll up as a sticky and be done with it already.


Chupa


I agree!!
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#2411970 - 01/26/13 03:42 PM Re: .17 HMR, Good Coyote Gun? [Re: Josh-Petree]
6724 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 1517
Loc: colorado
a local hunting guide was in the gun shop last summer telling the guy behind the counter that the 17 hmr was the best coyote gun ever! even out to 300 yards. i thought for sure he was just trying to get a response, but after a while i realized that he was just that stupid.


and that from a "gun guy" and professional outfitter!

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#2411988 - 01/26/13 03:59 PM Re: .17 HMR, Good Coyote Gun? [Re: Josh-Petree]
Steel City Archer Offline
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Registered: 02/25/12
Posts: 264
Loc: From PA - Live in OH
You can kill a person with a butter knife, but it's probably not your best option. whistle


Edited by Steel City Archer (01/26/13 11:15 PM)
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#2412035 - 01/26/13 05:10 PM Re: .17 HMR, Good Coyote Gun? [Re: Josh-Petree]
yotehunter57 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 12/19/09
Posts: 2425
Loc: Arkansas
The 17HMR is a little to much gun for coyotes.
My Red Ryder is much more fur friendly.

IT'S A JOKE!

DON'T SHOOT ME WITH YOUR 17HMR.

p.s. I traded my 17HMR for a 22Mag yesterday. I wanted something bigger than a 22LR but lighter than my 223.

Shayne
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#2412104 - 01/26/13 06:32 PM Re: .17 HMR, Good Coyote Gun? [Re: Josh-Petree]
Josh-Petree Offline
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Registered: 01/24/13
Posts: 3
Loc: Hanover County, Va
Thanks guys I guess I'll get out my .223 I was just trying to avoid it cause the ammo is so expensive

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#2412122 - 01/26/13 06:47 PM Re: .17 HMR, Good Coyote Gun? [Re: Josh-Petree]
Chupathingy Offline
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Registered: 12/01/07
Posts: 6778
Loc: not here
Josh, sorry for coming off a bit short earlier. Hope you can forgive me.

This question is asked entirely too often, but more importantly, the question is asked incorrectly. The .17HMR absolutely WILL kill a coyote, but the real question should be "Can YOU kill a coyote with a .17HMR?"

The hummer is going to be an unreliable killer on shoulder shots, so you're gonna have to scramble it's noodle to be consistant. A coyotes brain is about the size of an egg. So the question is "Can you hit a bobbing/weaving egg at 100yds?"


Chupa
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#2412124 - 01/26/13 06:49 PM Re: .17 HMR, Good Coyote Gun? [Re: Josh-Petree]
Chupathingy Offline
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Registered: 12/01/07
Posts: 6778
Loc: not here
And BTW, welcome to Predator Masters. We are glad to have you.


Chupa
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