Guys, I have been hunting coyotes since1960 amd I can tell you that you might as well put away the little22 cals when you get serious. If you are worried about the pelt shoot a controlled expansion like the barnes x, just shoots threw the coyote with a small exit wound. When I hunt in snowing conditions the 22-50 bullets will sometimes not make the target but my .264 always does. I recently bored out my 264 win mag to a 7mm dakota case necked down to .264 and I love it. Faster and more accurate. 3850 with a 108 grain lapua. Also, I use the burris balistic plex scope but use the cross hair for 300,400,500,600,740,875 and 1050. No dial turning and fast changing from one coyote at 200 to one at 600. With a coyote I dont have time to figure out how many moa or clicks it is to shoot 550. Shot a coyote at 873 a month ago. Less than 200, the 22s are fine unless its blowing 20-30, then shoot high bc bullets. Just some thoughts from an old timer. larry
Nothin wrong with a 264 of any kind. I love em all, just sent off an action for a 260 AI build.
However, they're not for everybody... and... why not the 139 gr. scenar? I've got some heavy 22 cal bullets that i put through my 6.5 twist krieger that have far better BCs thhan the 108 gr. lapua.
Just some advice from a young buck...whose dad is a retired Gov. Trapper.
I have an r-15 in 204 we use a lot also have a 223 bushmaster. Just cant make myself like the 223, its poorly balanced, and im not a fan of 223, most of our shots are inside 250 yrds, and the 204 or my 22-250 work just fine , on real windy days i take a 243 along, but dont use it a whole lot,i agree with the guy that said what ever you have should work ive shot coyotes and bobcat with everything from a .22 to a 405 win. They will all kill them, some just doit better than others
IMHO the bullet being fired is more important than the cartridge when saving the pelt is an issue. I am also a fan of super fast wiz bang rounds, but the 223 will kill any coyote at the ranges I believe most coyotes are encountered. A 60 to 65 grain soft point will go in small and not exit when kept at modest velocities. I have been utilizing this technique this year out of an AR 15 and have had great success. Each coyote and bobcat have all fallen to one shot kills and in some cases I had to actively search for the entrance hole. These rounds have also been working well on the pigs that I sometimes encounter while calling.
I KNEW I WOULD CATCH SOME FLACK, WHEN I MADE THE COMMENT THAT I DIDNT CARE FOR THE 223, AND I KNOW MANY PEOPLE REALLY LIKE THE ROUND. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BUILT SOME PRETTY FANTASTIC RIFLES FOR 223, AND THATS GREAT .NO ONE ENJOYS A GOOD SHOOTER MORE THAN I DO. BUT IN OVER 60 YEARS OF HUNTING COYOTES , I HAVE NEVER BEEN OVER RUN BY A HERD OF THEM, I DONT SAVE THE PELTS AS MOST OF THEM HERE IN SOUTH TEX, ARE POOR QUALITY.COYOTES TAKE ABOUT 30% OF OUR QUAIL AND ABOUT 45% OF OUR FAWNS, THEY ALSO DO A LOT OF LIVE STOCK DAMAGE .SO WE KILL ALL WE CAN , ABOUT 30 TO 60 A MONTH, IT VARYS ACORRDING TO THE TIME OF YEAR.AS FOR THE 223 IF ITS YOUR CHOICE ENJOY IT AND I HOPE YOU HAVE GOOD HUNTING
Hey Gunner1, no flack bro. I just showed my new one. I ordered a Winchester 94 legacy model in 30-30 for a coyote gun and 8 months later they quit making them. I think they are making them again but I don't shoot it. Its pretty much a safe queen. If I'm not concerned about pelts, then my M70 25-06 sporter draws that duty. For a kill only gun I love the 25-06.