Anyone switch to a larger caliber for coyotes?

Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by Bowhunter57, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Bowhunter57

    Bowhunter57 Well-Known Member

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    All of the coyotes that I've shot have been running or at least, on the move. So, granted the shot placement hasn't been the best and I'm not blaming the weapon. Also, I've learned that coyotes are tough customers.

    I had been using an AR15 and probably should've reloaded some heavier weight bullets, instead of the 45gr. JHP box ammo.

    I am now using a .25-06 with 87gr. Nosler BT bullets and it is the "Hammer of Thor", when it comes to knock down power. Even if the shot placement is marginal, they go down and I have ample time to get a second shot...if it's needed.

    Has anyone felt the need to switch to a larger caliber for coyotes?

    Thank you, Bowhunter57
     
  2. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    I really want to hit a dog with my 300 WSM with some 185 grain Bergers, but I really really really want to hit one with a 110 grain V-Max out of the same gun. I can't imagine the carnage that would follow. :) I haven't played around with the V-Max load very much but it shoots good enough for coyotes to about 300 yards.
     

  3. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    I've been loading 110 TTSX in my 270 WSM and I have yet to have one move after the shot even with very poor shot placement it looks like you shot them right through the chest. Very hard on fur though, I think I may have to switch it up a little this year as it looks like they will be worth pealing and putting up.
     
  4. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    No, not really. The .338 with 300's work well for me.:D

    Jeff
     
  5. strombeckj

    strombeckj Well-Known Member

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    I use my 6-06 as my go to coyote rig. 88gr Berger FB High BC Varmint rounds do the trick for me. I have seen to many .224 ballistic tips blow up shoulders and ribs of songdogs.

    Jon

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  6. comfisherman

    comfisherman Well-Known Member

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    well Ive thought about going bigger than my 300 wsm, but instead I've decided to go smaller, with more powder. Cant wait to whack one with the 7ultra.

    Traumatic childhood skinning coyotes..... SO I obliterate them to avoid any temptation to skin them.
     
  7. WyoElk2Hunt

    WyoElk2Hunt Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you got your answer. Bigger is better as long as you don't want the fur.
     
  8. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    It's been about 40 years since I shot my first coyote. 30-06 220 gr roundnose Remington. Never felt the need for more. LOL. I did miss one last year with my .338 RUM 180 gr ACCUBOND though.
     
  9. Damol

    Damol Well-Known Member

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    I just use what ever is handy but I picked up a Savage 243 a few months back and think it will become a full time varment rifle I was using a .223 or a .338WM so I am moving to the light side of the middle.
     
  10. Bowhunter57

    Bowhunter57 Well-Known Member

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    The fur isn't an issue, especially this time of the year. Our deer herd has been taking some hits, during the spring when the fawns are on the ground. I always see fawns in the fall, but didn't see any in the fall of '09 and only seen 2 last fall.

    Basically, I just want the coyotes off of the planet, in this area. :cool: I should start snaring them to have a higher removal rate, but enjoy the calling and shooting too much. :D

    Good hunting, Bowhunter57
     
  11. remingtonman_25_06

    remingtonman_25_06 Well-Known Member

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    Your right the 2506 is a hammer even if placement is not ideal, since you said there usually on the move.

    I used 2506 for a lot of years and never had a problem with it, as long as you dont want to save fur. Tried most every bullet offered in .257" from 75g vmax-125g uld rbbt.

    I am now using a 264 WM with either 100g or 120g NBTs for my coyote rifle. It will dump em with a bad shot just as well, and is a little better at the longer ranges then a 25-06, plus it makes a heckuva nice antelope/muley rifle :)
     
  12. dust

    dust Well-Known Member

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    Pics and video PLEASE!!!!:D This, and a 17 Rem. shooting 17gr v-max are the two vids I would love to see.
     
  13. strombeckj

    strombeckj Well-Known Member

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    A lot of professional coyote callers/hunters use larger calibers so they can anchor their dogs. They don’t have time to track a wounded animal and they must produce the dog to get credit for the kill. There are “Fur” friendly bullets for the larger calibers… Look at target style bullets instead of ballistic tips. I use 88gr Berger varmints, they don’t open up as easily and will usually go a little deeper before they do. I will also use soft points…But that’s only because a buddy of mine will skin’em out during season, I could care less.


    Jon
     
  14. Chupathingy

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    Nope, you just need to find the right projectile. As of right now my favorite projectiles are in this order: 1) 52gr SMK, 2) 60gr V-max.

    For loaded ammo, last year I tried the 53gr Hornady Superformance with very good results.

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    Next year I will be trying the 52gr A-Max that I have screwed together.


    Chupa