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Old 07-07-2012, 08:58 PM
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Re: .22 MAG too small for coyotes???

I have seen pretty incredible performance out to 125 yards. Have watched a hunting buddy pop a few with 30 grain TNT's and have yet to see a runner, much less one get away. Personally I have only used it up to fox, but have not lost an animal either.

Nice dog and nice rifle, 6mm06.
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Old 07-08-2012, 01:11 PM
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i have a .300 win mag and a 22 mag and i wasnt sure if the 300wm is too big or if the 22mag is too small...what can you do with a coyote carcass?? food?? slippers ?? tail souvenir or what? very new to coyote hunting and decided i wanna try it out..plus my uncle has a pest coyote problem thats trying to attack his dogs lol..so i got a spot..now just need a gun...ANY ADVICE????
Out to 80-120 yards the 22 mag's are just fine. I have killed several, many years ago with a Ruger 77/22 mag and 40gr CCI HP's. They work just fine and penetrate a bit deeper than the newer 30gr bullets.

Sold the rifle to a co-pilot I flew with several times at the airline and he still uses it in the Wisconsin woods for shots on fox, coyotes and other vermin after all these years. On his farm, a long shot is 100 yards with a max of about 130 or so. Saw him last spring and he told me he is still shooting that rifle to this day with a Burris 4x mini-scope on it.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:47 PM
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Guys shooting coyotes with a 22 mag and telling of their success is sort of like gamblers that tell you how much they won last night, but don't tell you how much they lost the previous 4 times out, LOL!



Exactly, You know even heavy hitting varmint calibers like the 22-250, 243 and 25-06 do have failures sometimes, even with Vmax, TNT and Ballistic tips sometimes!!! not often.
. I have heard of a guy shot one with a Amax and it ran 20 yards with all it's blood gone..or blowed out... Yet we hear the stories of a billion times out of a billion the 22 mag is absolute death on Coyotes 150 yards or less.
The stores of elk killed with the243.. one guy kills one at 500 yards with one shot and then everyone thinks it's 100% under 500 yards.

The 22 mag story on hear of 550 yards is a little stretching it. I man at 550 yards a pellet gun has more power at 20 yards. I'm sure a well placed 22 cal pellet gun is also enough for coyotes if shot under 30 yards and a well placed shot..


I am not saying no one has killed them with the 22 mag, but from people I know that have shot them with it is 50/50 in real life! with many hunts!

I'm sure if all the coyotes was shot in the head or heart it would be 100%.
any shot that is not absolutely perfect and the dog runs for 20 miles.

where a 22-250 with a 53 grain vmax, you can hit it anywhere and the shock from the velocity will turn it's insides to gelatin.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:02 PM
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Another answer to the question...nope 22 mag is just fine at reasonable distances. The one below was DRT, didn't even twitch, at 83 yards. Using Hornady Critical Defense 45g 22 mag ammo again. Remington HB 597 with Redfield 3-9 Scope. For you guys dissing the 22 mag, I've not lost one yet. I don't take low percentage shots.
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Another answer to the question...nope 22 mag is just fine at reasonable distances. The one below was DRT, didn't even twitch, at 83 yards. Using Hornady Critical Defense 45g 22 mag ammo again. Remington HB 597 with Redfield 3-9 Scope.

Excellent, nothing like that kind of answer!! My favorite Mt lion cartridge is a 22 mag and I've taken a couple with a 22lr, I use a 22lr on every coyote stand for coyotes that come in to fast and close and they seem to be dead when I go pick them up
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:18 PM
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Re: .22 MAG too small for coyotes???

Question for the last two posters that are saying those small calibers are resulting in DRT. Where were they hit? If you say in the body, I will have to say BS most of the time!!! I guess my main question is why don't people move up to a decent centerfire caliber for coyotes if they are going after them unless it's for lack of money and the caliber is cheap to shoot, or you're in an area where a centerfire isn't legal? Even a 22 Hornet is fairly cheap to shoot and is well above the 22 mag for wacking yotes!!
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:33 PM
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Question for the last two posters that are saying those small calibers are resulting in DRT. Where were they hit? If you say in the body, I will have to say BS most of the time!!! I guess my main question is why don't people move up to a decent centerfire caliber for coyotes if they are going after them unless it's for lack of money and the caliber is cheap to shoot, or you're in an area where a centerfire isn't legal? Even a 22 Hornet is fairly cheap to shoot and is well above the 22 mag for wacking yotes!!
The yote I shot tonight, photo above, was hit low in the boiler room, I assume heart shot, and she dropped right there. End of story. If you don't believe it then there's absolutely nothing I can do to prove it. I'll try to video the next one so you can see what good shot placement is/does.
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