Originally Posted by patience
It ain't braggin if'n you kin do it!
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.
Now we are in the east where coyotes are nervous, and do not sit still for long. high grass by edge of fields. maybe where you live they just sit there and present a perfect side heart shot, but here and most places they are fast and sneaky, and some can get 50 lbs (rare).
Maybe some of the users here using the 2 mag with great success are named Outlaw Joesy Whales or Quigly, cause the normal people I know who use them and swear by the 22 mag have a 50 failure rate on killing the Coyote.
I have heard stories of 243's, 25-06 and 22-250's of having failures, no rifle is 100%, yet when I tell the 50/50 story I'm told a that the 22 mag is a 100% death ray for coyotes under 100-200 yards.
send some more pictures of the dead coyotes with the 22 mag, my friend has many pics killed by the 22 mag, but he never took one of the many many ones that ran off 20 miles after being hit... this is not proof of anything..
You almost have to heave a brain of heart shot with a 22 mag or it is going to run a million miles.
With the event of 22 mag ammo being factory loaded with Vmax bullets would improve on the success rate some, I know 223's 22-250's 243's 25-06's up to 7mm and 30 cal shooting the Hornady Vmax, Speer TNT Sierra Blitzking are almost 100% change to drop the dogs, as they dump 100% of there energy into the coyote.
but at 40-120 grains of weight and at 3000-4000 fps, you can hit te dog anywhere and the bullet explodes inside of it . the Vmax in the 22 mag is going pretty slow, so 100 yards of less might give it a better than 50/50 change.
hit a bone with the dinky 32 grain at only 2000 fps and it turns to powder and the coyote runs of and heals up within a few weeks.
the 17 HMR?? over rated!, I know for a fact a 17 HMR is not even close to the knockdown power of a 204 Ruger, and I've head some failures of the 204 on coyotes, makes the 223 Rem seem like a 600 Nitro.
I've seen deer killed by a 22 lr, does that mean it is a death ran on a 300 lb buck 99% of the time, Coyotes are smaller, but pretty tough for there size.
Save your 22 ammo for squirrels and crows. heck I've seen more than one crow fly off after being hit with a 22 mag. and 22 lr., and pellet gun kill them.