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Anyone use a lever-action for coyotes?

 
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:10 AM
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Anyone use a lever-action for coyotes?

I'm considering the purchase of a lever-action rifle for coyotes. All of my choices have been Marlin brands, due to their selection of calibers. Here are a few that I'm considering:
444XLR
308MX
336C (30-30)
1895 Cowboy (45/70)
1895XLR (45/70)

Has anyone used these calibers and/or actions for hunting coyotes?
What are your reasons for using a lever-action?
What is your caliber of choice?

I'm not concerned with saving the fur, as the coyotes in the area are a menace.

Your opinions and experiences are appreciated.
Thank you, Bowhunter57
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:21 AM
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Re: Anyone use a lever-action for coyotes?

Used a Winchester 94 30-30 in my younger years. Killed my share of coyotes with it. Biggest reason was it was always with me. Kept it in the truck for years along with a Ruger 1022. Remington used to make what they called a accellerator for it. Which was a saboted 22 bullet. Really extended the range, but accuracy seemed to suffer a little. Always used the 150 gr Rem Core-loc flat nose. Iron sights only and with 7 rounds I could usually catch up with a running yote. Fun, fast handling little rifle.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:45 PM
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Re: Anyone use a lever-action for coyotes?

I would imagine a 30-30 would be about the best all around lever-action rifle, for the job. Low recoil, good bullet selection, reasonable range and affordable to purchase...as well as the ammo for the rifle.

I just got off of the phone with a friend of mine that's owns/shot the 444 Marlin and 45/70 Govt. and he has no love loss for the recoil from either one. Even if you hit the intended target, a quick follow up shot isn't as easy as it might be imagined.

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Old 08-07-2012, 10:02 PM
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Re: Anyone use a lever-action for coyotes?

308 MX is the real deal if you get a good one. Never hunted coyotes with one though.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:48 PM
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Re: Anyone use a lever-action for coyotes?

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Originally Posted by Mike 338
308 MX is the real deal if you get a good one. Never hunted coyotes with one though.
Mike 338,
Is there a such thing as a bad 308 MX? If reloads were used, I don't know how the rifle could be bad, unless the rifle's previous owner shot the rifling out.

If you own one, what's your opinion of the recoil?

I used to own a Remington 788 in .308, that I used for groundhogs and coyotes. It was a little snappy on the recoil, but I didn't mind it and didin't think it was more than I could handle. It was an extremely accurate rifle with the reloads I was using. 110gr. Hornady V-Max, IMR-3031 at 3040 fps and "clover leaf" groups at 100 yards. I sold it to my cousin and shortly afterwards he had a break-in and it was stolen.

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Old 08-09-2012, 05:03 PM
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Re: Anyone use a lever-action for coyotes?

I keep a model 94 30-30 in my truck in case I see a coyote while driving around but I have never set up a stand using one.
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:52 PM
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Re: Anyone use a lever-action for coyotes?

If you definitely want a lever action you could buy a Browning BLR and get it in just about any caliber your heart desires.
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