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Old March 19, 2017, 04:22 PM   #1
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Rimfire for coyotes?

What rimfire is best for coyotes? I would use my 243 but at night all I can use is rimfires
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Old March 19, 2017, 04:32 PM   #2
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My son and I have had good luck with .17HMR. Sighted in @ 100 yards with a 20 gr bullet, it hits just a hair high @ 50 and about 3" low @ 150. Past that, the little bullet gets a little screwy, especially if there's any wind. The 17 grainers shoot a little flatter, but tend to drift more in the wind and are more fragile if one is looking to save the pelts.
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Old March 19, 2017, 04:33 PM   #3
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I do have a 17hmr so I'll try it out
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Old March 19, 2017, 04:56 PM   #4
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I have killed quite a few with the standard 22 LR. Works OK.
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Old March 19, 2017, 06:07 PM   #5
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I've heard thru those that have done it is that .17 hmr or similar does the trick
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Old March 19, 2017, 08:20 PM   #6
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Results with 17 HMR have been quite variable for us. Some die right away while others with similar chest hits are lost due to no blood trail. Just not acceptable for critters bigger than groundhogs and raccoons. I, personally never witnessed a coyote killed outright with a 22lr(discounting headshots)-all required running them down with hounds even after multiple body hits.
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Old March 20, 2017, 07:00 AM   #7
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I was shooting a buddy's 17 wsm and it worked great.
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Old March 20, 2017, 08:36 PM   #8
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Kind of a dieing round, but I body shot a few large coons with a .22 Magnum. It hits hard.
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Old March 20, 2017, 10:51 PM   #9
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Gunplummer- Amen to it being a dying ctg. Those things just aren't around like they used to be. I see where quite a few firearms are still being made in that caliber, but there sure isn't much ammo available like there used to be. Sure, it's still out there on line, but not much of it is back to the $8-$10 a box.
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Old March 21, 2017, 11:49 AM   #10
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Old March 21, 2017, 11:56 AM   #11
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.22lr out of a rifle will kill coyotes.
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Old March 21, 2017, 12:07 PM   #12
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The .22 Mag isn't dying. It's certainly ill though. It's just not readily available these days. Oddly there lots up here, but none on the assorted on-line sites like Midway and Graf's.
Kind of suspect it may be a holdover from your recent .22 ammo shortage.
Wouldn't think twice about using a LR myself. I'd lean towards one of the hyper-velocity loads, but mostly because I have some Yellow Jacket ammo.
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Old March 21, 2017, 02:57 PM   #13
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22 Mag certainly is not dying any time soon. Like all rimfire ammo, dealers just don't want to buy ammo that may cost 20% less next week.

As far as "will it work?", I used to hunt coyotes for pelts, and one of my hunting buddies swore up and down about how great the 22 Mag was on coyotes. Out to 50 yds, it worked great, oat 100 yds it worked pretty good. Doesn't anchor them right there, but they fold up pretty quickly.
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Old March 21, 2017, 04:24 PM   #14
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I don't like the B-Mag, but the Ruger M77/17 is pretty nice but expensive. I'd like to try the .17 WSM, but I'd love it if they actually brought it out in a .20 or .22 caliber. I've just held off hoping Savage would bring it out in the 93 or Ruger in the American line up.
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Old March 21, 2017, 07:24 PM   #15
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I don't hunt coyote's much but a do have a 243 just for that! But I suspect that the 22 mag won't do a coyote any good. My son has a 17 and loves it. I was with him one time when he got a box of ammo for it, couldn't get me to pay that much for rim fire ammo. 22 mag is expensive enough. Anymore all my 22 mag is used for is predator's around my pigeon pens. Really tall cottonwood across the road from me about 100yds. Knocked a poultry eating coon right out of the to half! Instand dead.
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