View Full Version : Simple cheap semi auto gun for coyote

Nanook of the north
December 13, 2011, 07:00 PM
Just looking for a simple semi auto gun for coyote No bells and whistles. Any ideas?

December 13, 2011, 07:03 PM

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December 13, 2011, 07:40 PM
Maybe you should just avoid them.


December 13, 2011, 08:34 PM
SKS or maybe a saiga 223 depending on the range.

December 13, 2011, 08:41 PM
Marlin model 60 ..... available at your LGS, used, starting around $100.

December 13, 2011, 09:21 PM
Define inexpensive. That's a relative term. A Chevy Cobalt is an inexpensive vehicle but it's still over 10 grand.

If <$600 bucks isn't too much I'd look at a DPMS Sportical AR15. Outside of that an AK, SKS, M1 Carbine, Mini30, really any centerfire autoloader will be fine. They aren't particularly hard to kill.

For me, you'd need to define your budget a little better before I could offer any real help.

Deja vu
December 13, 2011, 09:36 PM
if you are looking for cheep remember to find some thing with cheep bullets too. There are very cheep guns out there that you can not find bullets for with out spending $50.00 or more a box.

I would go with a rim fire or a 223 or a pistol caliber carbine.

December 14, 2011, 08:32 AM
Define cheap. Any semi 22 LR you like will get the job done at close range, but at the ranges a 22 rimfire will work, I'd be using a shotgun. For longer range work there are lots of AR's being used for long range varmit shooting. That is what I use as well as most of my friends. You can get into an AR for around $600 now.

Art Eatman
December 14, 2011, 09:02 AM
IMO, an up-close minimum would be a .22 magnum rimfire. For the more likely ranges, a .223. Group size is relatively unimportant to 100 yards, from a practical standpoint.

I've never had an opportunity for any sort of second shot on Ol' Wily if I missed the first one. He has this fantastic ability to be elsewhere in a heartbeat. :D That "rapid second shot" means you'll likely hit where he was, not where he is or will be.

December 14, 2011, 10:05 AM
Hi-point 9mm Carbine or 12ga shotgun. Not gonna bust em at 200 or 300 yards with those so if that's a requirement you're gonna have to step up to a Savage or Stevens bolt action in one of many fine .224 caliber centerfires. Possibly an H&R single shot.

Rimfires? No way.


December 14, 2011, 03:12 PM
If I were to buy a gun for the purpose of coyotes specifically, it would have to be a bolt gun or a single shot as Art says, with a caliber depending on expected ranges.

I use a mini14, but I use it for blasting coke cans as well.

December 15, 2011, 07:07 AM
If you want inexpensive, you might be able to find a used Remington 7400 or 742 in .243 Win or .308. I will probably work as well as any semi-auto for coyotes, provided minimal pelt damage isn't required. I've fired 7400s that will shoot 1 1/4" groups or smaller at 100 yards.

I'm with Art about liking bolt guns and have used .22 WMR, .223 Rem, .243 Rem, .270 Win rifles to shoot eastern coyotes. They all work, but I don't worry about saving coyote pelts on the tree farm, just deer and other wildlife.

December 15, 2011, 10:39 AM
I've never had an opportunity for any sort of second shot on Ol' Wily if I missed the first one. He has this fantastic ability to be elsewhere in a heartbeat. That "rapid second shot" means you'll likely hit where he was, not where he is or will be.

Agreed. And for that reason I would not limit myself to searching for just semi-auto guns especially if I was trying to save money. The .223 caliber is about perfect for Coyotes and there are some very cheap bolt actions out there that will easily shoot well enough to smoke coyotes as far as you can hold true. And in the same vein as what Art said, I can tell you that a bolt action or semi-auto will make no difference. Any solid hit with a .223 on a yote and a second shot won't be needed. If the first shot misses a second shot won't be feasible. Trust me.

December 15, 2011, 10:44 AM
saiga in .223/7.62/5.45

$299 most places online and ammo is cheap. Plus it doesnt get more reliable then that for a semi auto.

December 15, 2011, 12:55 PM
Ditto the Saiga. Not pinpoint accurate, but with a decent scope should work.

kenny g
December 15, 2011, 01:41 PM
this just might follow me home..

or maybe this one..

I really don't see that many coyotes on the farm here but we sure have plenty of other furry little varmints to shoot :D :D

December 18, 2011, 11:52 PM
I've used a mini 14 for several years now and really like it. Shoots into 1 1/4" all day long and with the Sierra 65 grain gamemasters it kills yotes real dead real fast.

December 21, 2011, 01:14 AM
Handi-rifle !! pick your caliber !! 223, 22-250, 243, ...etc
Oops!! not a semi !! but cheap !!

December 21, 2011, 11:00 AM
a WASR? thats what we use lol when the yote's come in it sounds like a warzone.