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February 5, 2006, 05:13 PM
I have a 10-22 with a butler creek camo stock and barrel. I have had very good luck with it. Would you coyote hunt with it and wat is the max range for a .22?

February 5, 2006, 06:35 PM
It would probably work ok if you keep your shots within 60-75yds and use some CCI veloctiors.



February 6, 2006, 12:03 AM
A .22 lr is, in my opinion, too light for coyotes. Though they do not have a reputation for being hard to kill, a full grown coyote will weigh 40 to 60 pounds.

A .22 magnum would be marginal beyond 50 yards.

February 6, 2006, 12:24 AM
Even though coyotes are "pests" they do have a right at least to have a fairly quick, painless death. I would invest in a larger centerfire rifle. A 30 carbine is minimal. I think the most common are 22-250, 243 and 220 swifts. I have killed them with a 22 , but i prefer 30 cals, i killed several hundred with my 303, now have dumped the cash on an all purpose hog, deer , coyote, killing 300 win mag. 30 Carbine again, will do nicely, heh!1 get an SKS , the 7.62 x 39 behind the 22lr, is the cheapest gun you can shot, and they work great on pigs, deer, and coyotes. I think you can pick up a sks for $100.

February 6, 2006, 01:34 AM
Taken many a coyote with a .22lr - I just limit myself to standing still headshots. On the run or body shots, I consider it too light - with any ammo choice.

February 6, 2006, 08:25 PM
Do you guys think that 9mm is ok for coyotes and what ranges and loads.

February 7, 2006, 12:11 AM
A standard 40 ish pound coyote will handle a well placed 9mm hollowpoint at about 30 yards (handgun) and run off somewhere else and Die. Now, a 9mm Carbine, I dont know, but out of a S& W handgun. Have see then run off at 30 yards with a hole in one lung. It works in a pinch. These where Walmart loads. My 45 auto made one flip over , but a 9 just aint got enough juice.maybe headshot at 10 yards. Get a bigger gun. Its a good excuse to buy one anyhow.:D

February 7, 2006, 11:26 AM
See there's the problem, I live in Indiana and there is a no rifle rule here, yes it blows otherwise I would go after it with my AR-15, my buddy uses a shotgun, but I do not want to ruin the pelt. I thought about using my .357 magnum, but I just shoot better with long guns. Help!

February 7, 2006, 03:56 PM
Is there a law against a pistol calibered rifle? Most hunting laws regarding rifles are because of the velocity and range.

If you could, I would get a 9mm or 45acp carbine. That would be ideal if you cant use a rifle. The downfall would be that the range you can engage the coyote is a lot less than with a rifle. The added velocity of the longer barrel and decent grain bullet would be good.

I have shot many coyotes and the 22LR is not good. You need a critical shot to take them with a .22LR. I would use a 223.

February 7, 2006, 04:12 PM
I live in Indiana and there is a no rifle rule hereNo rifle rule!? For coyotes!?:confused:

February 7, 2006, 07:17 PM
He must live in Californindiana. Thats a new state that has Californiaitis with regards to gun laws. No but really, you can use rifles?? HUH WHAT?? Another perfectly good state ruined by idiots, paid by our tax dollars.

February 7, 2006, 07:19 PM
I live in indiana and you can take a coyote with ANYTHING.

February 7, 2006, 10:06 PM
I had forgotten how much I enjoy coyote hunting. I used to hunt them a lot. I heard them tonight while feeding the dogs. Guess I need to go out after a snow(If we ever get any!).

[edit] I have shot a few coyotes with 00buck at 25-40 yards the damage from a well placed shot is minimal IMO.

TCman what is the justification for prohibition on rifle hunting in IL?

February 8, 2006, 12:09 AM
Maybe there is no law against traping. If you are hunting a pelt, trap one.
Otherwise, if you cannot use a rifle for coyote, dig a deep pit. I mean deep! Now, put the politician that came up with that no rifle policy in it ,and push the dirt back in the pit as fast as you can.

February 8, 2006, 01:25 AM
I say shoot all the yotes you see out to 40 yds! You wont get that close to many. Smart dog they are!

February 8, 2006, 07:52 AM
Splain this term to me please. " N O R I F L E" uhm, I dont get it.:confused:

Wild Bill Bucks
February 8, 2006, 10:08 AM
If any one is looking for PELTS, they can come to Oklahoma and get one off
of about any fence post in Pittsburg County.
We don't use rifles here either, we just chase em down and strangle um to death.:)

February 8, 2006, 04:21 PM
In Indiana you you can only use everything but a rifle, my buddy says that he goes coyote hunting every spring in Indiana, and he goes with my other buddy a police officer.

February 8, 2006, 04:45 PM
If you look on the Indiana Department of Natural Resources web page it has all the rules. I have been hunting with my uncle who is a Indiana conservation officer and he also said you can use any size rifle in Indiana.

February 8, 2006, 07:40 PM
Now if there is a "no rifle " rule there, does it mean you cant hunt with one, or possess one. "no sir, i was just shooting cans, i swear"

Marlboro Man
February 8, 2006, 09:37 PM
I wouldn't hunt a yote with a 22 but thats just my opinion. If thats all ya got then thats all ya got

Marlboro Man
February 8, 2006, 09:44 PM
In Indiana you you can only use everything but a rifle, my buddy says that he goes coyote hunting every spring in Indiana, and he goes with my other buddy a police officer.

Sorry but you are misinformed. Here in Indiana, you can hunt coyote's with any firearm that you choose to. Being an Indiana police officer doesn't make a person informed on the Indiana wildlife laws either - that's what the Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officer is for. Heck we just had a county sheriff arrested for poaching deer this past season.:eek:

Here is the link to the Indiana DNR page stating that all firearms are legal to hunt coyotes with. You will find your answer at the bottom of the page under "predator Calling"

February 8, 2006, 10:13 PM
Well I also have a Remington 700 30-06, But I dont have a scope for it yet. I thaught about trying some accelerator rounds through it. I might try some core- lokt through my sks too. The reason I want to use my .22 is because I just got a butler creek stock and barrel combo. It is a .920 barrel and they both are realtree hardwoods. I am very pleased. Atop I have a simmons whitetail classic 6.5-20/50mm.;)

Marlboro Man
February 8, 2006, 10:20 PM
That Rem 700 ADL should have open sights on it. Why not use them? BUT that 06 is way to heavy for yotes if you want to save the pelts. The 22 would probably work as long as you make well placed shots.
I like the 10-22's, I have put together many of them to shoot and to sell to folks around here. I like the 20" GM fluted barrel from Natchez and the laminate thumbhole stocks from Stafford sales. Throw in a Volquartsen target hammer and a WeaponsKraft bolt buffer and call her done.

February 8, 2006, 11:07 PM
Pipoman, exactly how do you use the snow to find them...just start looking for tracks & follow, or what specifically?

February 9, 2006, 12:33 AM
The snow just offers better visibility day or night. Everything here is coyote color right now. My favorite time to hunt coyotes is at night, snow on the ground and a bright moon (no spotlight).

February 9, 2006, 07:07 PM
you lok for yellow snow, Yotes pee on everything. heheh

February 9, 2006, 07:13 PM
How about a 17HMR? Anyone use one for coyotes?I'm going to Az in march to see my father inlaw and to take care of the coyotes eating his chickens.Or should i just take the AR15?

February 9, 2006, 07:19 PM
Use both, like Rambo. See which one makes em splatter more, I bet its the 15.

Marlboro Man
February 9, 2006, 07:21 PM
My AR is one of my best coyote guns, I have two 17's but I never use them on yotes. Since you have the .223 then there isn't any reason to go with the 17HMR. This is just my opinion of course.:)

February 9, 2006, 08:26 PM
I appreciate it guys, I just assumed that since you can't hunt deer with a rifle you can't hunt coyotes with a rifle (weird Indiana laws), my buddy is also misinformed, but this is great news, now I can actually use my AR-15 for something besides tearing up targets.

One other question, I didn't see anything on magazine capacities, can I hunt them with a 20 or 30 rounder?

February 10, 2006, 04:27 PM
Ive killed nearly a 100 coyotes in my time hunting them. Nearly all with my Marlin .22 25n with a simmon 3-9x40 scope. I now shoot a Marlin 917V in .17HMR. I must tell you this little gun is a great coyote killer. My last three kills were last weekend and two of them were at about 150-170 yrds. Could have been luck, but it happened twice. The gun is a great coyote slayer, if in the right hands. I guess maybe im fortunate I have been shooting rifles my entire life, which may aid my coyote killing experience.

February 10, 2006, 05:40 PM
I have to say i love my savage 17HMR its extremely accurate and fun to shoot,but i love My AR too.I'm so torn!:D I know i could get all head shots with the 17 @ 150 yards or less.But anything past that i would have to go with the AR.

February 28, 2006, 06:42 PM
I don't know how big your coyotes run but I can't recommend a 22 for coyote. I have taken them with a 22 mag. My night time weapon is a 22mag over a 20 ga. Again, in the right hands with a well placed shot it will work. I prefer my 223. Deadly out to 300. Farther than I can see them up here. The yotes are very tough. I don't leave cripples. One Shot One Kill.

February 10, 2010, 10:33 AM
Michigan has some similarly odd gun regs.
In the areas where you cannot use a Rifle for deer, but only a shotgun, Muzzle loader, or straight walled cartridge handgun (above 35 cal) , you CAN use any rifle for coyotes.

Go figure.

February 10, 2010, 12:43 PM
Used 22LR on feral dogs and any shot over 50 yards would not put them down. A 223 with 50-55gr bullets was perfect to 300 yards and no ricochets.

Magnum Mike
February 10, 2010, 01:21 PM
Thread is 4 years old!!:confused:

February 10, 2010, 01:26 PM
A while back I found some 22lr bullets (loaded ammo) that were 55gr. I don't see why that wouldn't drop a coyote in it's tracks.

February 10, 2010, 01:54 PM
Thread is 4 years old!!

LOL nice catch.

Big Bill
February 10, 2010, 09:11 PM
Would you coyote hunt with it and wat is the max range for a .22? No!

February 10, 2010, 09:25 PM
I may not have the experence that others do in this thread, however I have just shot my 50th coyote a week ago. I have shot them with 22lr to 416 Taylor. Many I shot with a 222 Rem and 223 Rem. I can tell you one thing for certain they are tougher than most give them credit for. I found both I shot with a 22lr died slowly and inhumanely. I also found that I would loose 1 in 7 with a 222 or 223. So my opinion based on my limited experence is unless required to do so with a 22, go with something heavier.

February 17, 2010, 05:33 PM
I have a Mossberg 835 Ulti-mag set up for coyotes. I am comfortable shooting them out to about 55-60 yards with my setup. I however hunt in the hardwoods and not out in the open fields and praires. Most of my shooting takes place inside of 40 yards and it is extremely deadly with the right load and choke setup. It may cost you some money in trial and error with testing chokes and loads, but once you find the one that works best out of your shotgun. You will be pleased with the results!

February 21, 2010, 06:53 PM
I would not use the .22 for anything over 100 yards. Its all about shot placement. .22's move too slow. I use a .17hmr.:D

February 21, 2010, 07:16 PM
i wouldn't use a 22 you will lose alot of coyotes 22 mag at the least and close range only but they are tough and smart. I would recommend a 243 but 223 and 22-250 work pretty good too.

Magnum Mike
February 21, 2010, 08:19 PM
I'm almost certain TCman's question was answered back in 2006 since he has not responded to this thread since FEBRUARY 2006!! :confused::confused::confused: