117 SST too much for Coyotes?

Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by smallbutfierce, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. smallbutfierce

    smallbutfierce Well-Known Member

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    I have a .25-06 and wondering if 117 Hornady SST is too big for coyotes. My gun seems to shoot well with these. The smallest I can get locally is 100 grain rem core lokt, and my gun didn't like those that much. Not interested in minimizing pelt damage, just effectively killing my target. I can order something else, just these are on sale for $25 :D
     
  2. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    Tikkamike's signature says it best, "Anything less than overkill is underachievement." You will have an absolute riot blasting song dogs with those bullets since you're not concerned about pelt damage. If you ever decide to save the pelts you'll find you probably need to change bullets but until then it's a lot more fun to put big old holes in them.
     

  3. Nimrodmar10

    Nimrodmar10 Well-Known Member

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    There is no wrong bullet or cartridge for coyotes. The last one I killed about a week ago was at 508 yards with a 300 Win Mag shooting a 190 gr. Berger VLD. Coyote pelts have never brought anything here in TN. With the price of fur now you can't give them away. Use whatever you can hit them with the best.
     
  4. ShooterMedic

    ShooterMedic Well-Known Member

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    I shot the 115 gr bergers last year at yote out of my .257 AI at 3100 fps, from 20 yds to 850 yds. If i hit shoulders the coyote was very very dead and you could put a baseball through it. no matter the distance

    If i hit behind a shoulder they would spin a few times. Damage was not to bad nothing a needle and thread could not fix.
     
  5. skyfish25

    skyfish25 Well-Known Member

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    I have almost always used my deer loads for coyotes in my bolt actions. 117 SST in my 25wssm has put down several deer and coyotes.

    Nice bullet, for the price, very hard to beat.
     
  6. Lyons7STW

    Lyons7STW Well-Known Member

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    You will probably see a lot of pelt damage with that load. Just make head shots and cut the hide behind the ears. You still get the best part of the fur. The heads are a pain to skin anyhow.:)
     
  7. tomestone

    tomestone Well-Known Member

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    I use 117gr.SST and Sierra GameKings work great at long range they dont drift as much as the 100gr and 85gr Noslers I have tryed.
     
  8. Goofycat

    Goofycat Well-Known Member

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    Speaking of pelts, I never pursued trying to sell pelts, and left the dogs for the hawks and buzzards. So....just why are pelts valuable, and who buys them?
     
  9. tomestone

    tomestone Well-Known Member

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    In centeral Saskatchewan Canada where Iam at I dont know any one who still traps fur bearing animals, as we use to and ship the pelts to the Hudson Bay fur market . A fur licence was $10.00 when I use to buy them.You cant get the price of the bullet back there, on a coyote pelt,there is still the sport of shooting them, no limit.gun)