Re: 7 mag for coyotes
I've used my 7mm RM on coyotes for the last two years. Last season I had 36 total half of those were killed from 500 to 917yds with a 168 berger, pelt damage was minimal at extended ranges, not so under 300. The other half were shot with a 25-06 117 seirra at ranges from 20 to 450 yds. Pelt damage was sometimes severe but they died quickly. The 7mm is a custom rig built by Nathan at SSG and is used for precision shooting at stationary targets. The 25-06 was a weatherby ultralight mark V used for close quick shooting at running coyotes or standing coyotes. I traded that rifle for a 6.5x.284 from SSG. I was always taking two rifles around in my vehicles, a light and a heavy. The 6.5 is going to fill both spots once I get used to it.
In the last month I have 8 coyotes, 2 fox .
With the 7mm coyotes at 747, 530, 480, 981, fox 425
With th 6.5 coyotes 743, 660, fox 695
Ar-15 coyotes 230, 350
The fox with the 7mm had hardly any pelt damage, about 25% of what it would have been with my 22-250.
The fox at 695 with the 6.5 was hit in the head no pelt damage.
I have noticed that the 6.5 140 A-max does more damage than the 7mm 168.