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.22 MAG too small for coyotes???

 
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:53 PM
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Re: .22 MAG too small for coyotes???

I am no expert with the .22 Mag on coyotes. The only coyote I ever shot with a .22 Mag was an Alaskan coyote at 110 yards. Weighed about 40 lbs. Hit it with a 40 gr jacketed hollow point through the ribs tight to the back of the front legs and it dropped dead as a door nail in its tracks. Never even twitched. We used to hunt and shoot a lot of red fox with the .22 Mag in Michigan and it was more than enough gun to kill the 12-14 lb Michigan red fox out to a good 100 yards. Whereas a standard 22 long rifle resulted in a much higher percentage of wounded red fox, without the most deadly of shot placements. Shot a few red fox on Kodiak Island with the .22 Mag also. Those fox weigh more like 20-25 lbs because of the easy living they have scavenging off the saltwater beaches. The .22 Mag was plenty on them also.

If shooting coyotes much past 100 yards, I would certainly recommend more than the .22 Mag for any serious coyote hunter. Closer than 100 yards and I would be comfortable on broadside standing shots, such as with the one I killed years ago.

In the wide open spaces where longer shots would be common, I would at least use a .224 center fire, if not even a larger caliber to reduce wind drift and extend range.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:04 PM
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Re: .22 MAG too small for coyotes???

Some of you fellas would stroke out if you had to hunt public land in Arkansas. We are limited to rimfire and shotguns with T shot or less. I have not hunted any of this land yet but intend to this year. It is chock full of yotes and they are wiping out the turkey population. While bow hunting, I have heard multiple packs fire up at the same time from where I was hunting. I hate that I can't cary my little baby (X bolt shot show special in 22-250). But I try to follow the law, so this Christmas I am hoping Santa brings me a new Savage model 93 in 22wmr. I will 2 gun it when I go and bring along my Benelli with 3 1/2 #4 turkey loads. Hopefully, I can share some stories and pics later.
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:08 PM
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Re: .22 MAG too small for coyotes???

.22mag will do the trick, if properly placed... have used one for several years and none has go away yet... head oe heart shot... I use a ruger m77 bolt action... Gizzmo from Ohio
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:14 PM
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Re: .22 MAG too small for coyotes???

A .22mag will do the trick, if properly placed... have used one for several years and none has go away yet... head oe heart shot... I use a ruger m77 bolt action... stay with in 100 yards... Gizzmo from Ohio
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:14 AM
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Re: .22 MAG too small for coyotes???

Wont be a problem staying within 100 yards. Most of this land is hardwood forest. Hardest part will fooling ole Wiley
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:08 AM
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Re: .22 MAG too small for coyotes???

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ALl I know is that for a FACT, I have friends who use the 22 mag and it is 50/50 dead or run away.
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Yer friends don't shoot so good, do they?

.22 WMR will definitely DRT a coyote. You gotta pack your big boy pants and take sane well placed shots. Key is well placed. If you can't do that and get all twitterpated at the sight of an incoming coyote then your percentages with centerfire ain't gonna be so great either.

I like the Federal 50 gr hp for that little extra bit of penetration those few extra grains give.

I don't get how you can say it won't do the job? It will.
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:34 AM
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Re: .22 MAG too small for coyotes???

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Yer friends don't shoot so good, do they?
None of my friends are expert military snipers, so maybe not, but the two who used to use the 22 mag on DNR land that required 22 rimfire have killed coyotes easy past 200 yards with the 22-250's 25-06's 243's etc with almost 100% success.




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.22 WMR will definitely DRT a coyote. You gotta pack your big boy pants and take sane well placed shots. Key is well placed. If you can't do that and get all twitterpated at the sight of an incoming coyote then your percentages with centerfire ain't gonna be so great either.
you can search coyotes and 223 and failure on google on forums where people have failures with the 223 Remington on coyotes, even using the vmax.
I have read many stories of coyote running off after being hit with a 223 and a good varmint bullet.

So your trying to say the .22 mag has more knock down power than the 223?? OMG!!!

really depends on where you hunt, some parts of the country like out west coyotes may sit still for you forever, but here, you do not have the luxury of coyotes sitting still for long at all, and well places heart or brain shots on a trotting coyote are pipe dream.

a low velocity .22 mag that pencil through a coyotes lungs will not expand much if at all. it may die, but it will run 50 miles and die a week later.

While a 22-250 and a 40 vmax at 4000 fps in the lungs will still expand and blow the coyotes insides up.
killing it instantly.


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I don't get how you can say it won't do the job? It will.
it will !! if you like 50% or lower chances.
Good luck on ur hunts
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