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Old 03-14-2013, 06:08 PM
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FMJ's on coyotes

I am wondering if anyone has much experience shooting .30 cal FMJ's at coyotes. My 308 loves 150gr FMJ's and since I don't reload and factory ammo is hard to come by right now I was thinking that my stock of fmj's might still do the trick. I know that 223 fmj's are no good on dogs and even .308 fmjs are probably less than ideal but possibly adequate. Anyone done it?
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:54 PM
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Re: FMJ's on coyotes

Is it legal in your state ? I believe in MI the only limitations on shooting coyotes is that there is a "season" since the DNR regulates them as a "game animal" and at night (during the even shorter Night hunting season) we are limited to a rimfire cartridge or shotgun with shot smaller than 00 Buck. Usually, if an animal is NOT classified as a game animal, it is open season.

I'm pretty sure that a 308FMJ will kill a coyote pretty quick. A 223 55gr FMJ at 300 yards, not so sure...
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:53 PM
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Re: FMJ's on coyotes

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I am wondering if anyone has much experience shooting .30 cal FMJ's at coyotes. My 308 loves 150gr FMJ's and since I don't reload and factory ammo is hard to come by right now I was thinking that my stock of fmj's might still do the trick. I know that 223 fmj's are no good on dogs and even .308 fmjs are probably less than ideal but possibly adequate. Anyone done it?
My experience with .223 and FMJ's are the first one knocks them down and the follow up one or two keeps them that way. so I would say shot placement would be key the bullet wont do extra work for a misplaced shot.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:09 AM
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Re: FMJ's on coyotes

Using a FMJ is always a crap shoot when it comes to coyotes...weathers its from a .308 or a .223.
You're going to get a lot of clean one shot kills with little pencil hole exit wounds, but dead none the less.
AND, the longer you shoot, the more you'll see those same types of shots hit a bone and send fragments out a hole the size of a soft ball.
AND, then again, you'll have a perfect double lung shot that passes between ribs that will have them run off 500 yards and die of blood loss.

Do they work? Yep...especially if your gun shoots them well, but as said before. Don't expect your bullet to bail you out.
Send them through the shoulder blades for more positive drops, but expect more damage.
If you're using them specifically to keep fur and want minimal damage...expect a lot of runners.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:51 PM
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Re: FMJ's on coyotes

In 223 its a definite no go for me. too many lost dogs and runners. 308 might be better but still not good. If you decide to hunt wolves then that's a whole different story
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:59 AM
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Re: FMJ's on coyotes

I called in a yote to within 75 yards where he stopped, facing me, and I nailed him with a 150gr Nosler Partition from my .270. The round went through his chest and out his hip with no more than a quarter sized exit wound. Not enough mass to mushroom. He was dead on impact. Your .308 FMJ would do the same.
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Old 04-06-2013, 08:09 AM
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Re: FMJ's on coyotes

I agree with the general consensus of the post - a 308FMJ will kill yotes. One thing I would add - all that extra energy in that little critter is likely to give you a gory cavity explosion on occasion, should you place a bullet a little too far back . . .
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