I am concerned about all the people that use 22-250 and have the coyote run off to be tracked later. I have hunted and shot Coyotes in Vermont, Maine, Nevada, Oklahoma, California, Idaho, and Western Montana with a 22-250 without fail the coyotes only take one to 4 steps before they drop in their tracks. I use 55 grain and 60 grain slugs, Win 760 powder, Winchester cases, Winchester primers, Rem 700 bolt gun and a Nikon scope. I have hit heart/lung shots, head shots, quartering shots without failure the coyote goes down. the only coyote that has not gone down immediately is one that I missed completely. there was one other; it was a wolf that I mistook for a coyote. he took a 90 grain slug from a 25-06 to stop. I have hit 65 pound monster coyotes with 60 grain Nosler ballistic tip boat tail with great success. I am worried about my continued success without using a larger caliber. Until I start having failure to die within 20 feet of being hit I am still going to rely on my 22-250 with Hornady and Nosler slugs. I might be changing powder someday.. but not soon. excellent accuracy, great velocity and gentle recoil. I can not ask for more.
My hunting buddy has been using a 22-250 for years. He loads 52 gr Sierra Match Kings. We've been hunting 15 plus years and I've never seen a coyote run off. Everyone has taken a dirt nap right there on the spot. We've taken many beyond 300 yards and again, they don't go any where but coyote heaven.
For the longest time I've been shooting everything with my custom .338 Win Mag with 70.5gr H4350 behing a 225AB mainly because it shoots tiny groups out to 600yrds, lots of field data and I have more components than I'll ever reload but, recently after reading this thread I dusted off my 20 year dormant 25-06 just for kicks and loaded some 85gr Nosler BTs ahead of 55.0gr of H4350, blasted a couple of coyotes lately and now.....have officially designated my 25-06 for coyotes only.
Ever one is another satisfied customer...........dead before they hit the ground, not doubt the 338WM knocks em out but, this combo seems to be more electric.....
Now I'm thinking I might neck my .338 down to .257 and see what happens with the same bullet at 4000fps.
I have used my 22-250 on coyotes with a lot of different bullets. From 40gr V-max to 60gr partitions even to FMJ reduced loads. Like I mentioned before I had one Coyote run for about 60 yards with a hole out through the other side of his lungs using a 50gr Ballistic Tip................Just that one all others were DOA
only one? sounds like the walking/running dead. I once hit a deer at 400+ yards on the run, total luck shot. heart and lungs were gone but he ran off with a non-functioning heart, lungs that were collapsed, and bleeding buckets but this deer still ran 200 extra yards before he dropped. all other deer that have been shot with any of my deer guns (257 Roberts, 25-06, or 270 Win) I have had all others drop in their tracks without taking more than 3 steps from where I shot them. It just happens sometimes.
I love the 50 grain ballistic tip from Nosler or the V-max from Hornady. I have used the Varminting Bergers too. the 30 grain 17 cals are out of this world for coyotes. the 50 grain hunters are great as well.
My 22-250 likes the 52 grain V-max, 55 grain V-max and for longer shots, the 60 grain ballistic tip-boat tails from Nosler.
I would not change over one coyote running 60 yards after shot.