close
Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Hunting > Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards

Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards Techniques For Coyote, Fox and Cat Hunting

Reply

Anyone use a lever-action for coyotes?

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Unread 08-07-2012, 06:10 AM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: N.W. Ohio
Posts: 185
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
__________________
If God didn't want man to eat animals, he wouldn't have made them out of meat.
Reply With Quote
  •   #2  
    Unread 08-07-2012, 11:21 AM
    Bronze Member
     
    Join Date: Nov 2011
    Location: Declo, Idaho
    Posts: 45
    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.
    Reply With Quote

      #3  
    Unread 08-07-2012, 09:45 PM
    Silver Member
     
    Join Date: Mar 2010
    Location: N.W. Ohio
    Posts: 185
    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.

    Bowhunter57
    __________________
    If God didn't want man to eat animals, he wouldn't have made them out of meat.
    Reply With Quote
      #4  
    Unread 08-07-2012, 10:02 PM
    Gold Member
     
    Join Date: Feb 2012
    Location: Boise, ID
    Posts: 992
    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.
    Reply With Quote
      #5  
    Unread 08-08-2012, 05:48 PM
    Silver Member
     
    Join Date: Mar 2010
    Location: N.W. Ohio
    Posts: 185
    Re: Anyone use a lever-action for coyotes?

    Quote:
    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.

    Bowhunter57
    __________________
    If God didn't want man to eat animals, he wouldn't have made them out of meat.
    Reply With Quote
      #6  
    Unread 08-09-2012, 05:03 PM
    Platinum Member
     
    Join Date: Jun 2011
    Location: New Mexico
    Posts: 1,726
    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.
    Reply With Quote
      #7  
    Unread 08-09-2012, 05:52 PM
    Platinum Member
     
    Join Date: Jan 2011
    Location: Northern Utah
    Posts: 1,130
    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.
    Reply With Quote
    Reply

    Bookmarks

    Thread Tools
    Display Modes


    Similar Threads for: Anyone use a lever-action for coyotes?
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    World's Most Powerful Lever-Action rifle twcracker Guns For Sale 1 03-27-2014 08:23 PM
    WTB 357 Magnum either Marlin or Winchester Lever Action Bullsky1 Guns For Sale 0 01-31-2012 09:39 AM
    lever action actions vendetta333 Gunsmithing 3 01-22-2012 06:23 PM
    450 marlin lever action FS yorker Guns For Sale 2 05-04-2010 03:10 PM
    Query re Italian Lever Action Shotgun manufacturer mlivingstone Shotguns And Shotgunning (NOT Slugs) 0 06-27-2008 05:26 AM


    All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:34 PM.


    Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
    All content ©2010-2015 Long Range Hunting, LLC