Good coyote cartridges

Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by GusMcCrae, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. GusMcCrae

    GusMcCrae New Member

    Feb 6, 2008
    I'm just geting started and was wondering if a 7mm08 was a good round to use?
  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004

    The answer is a big "YES"!!!!

    This is a great round for varmints to elk size animals.

    I have killed lot,s of 300lb to 400lb hogs up to 400+ yrds
    with mine.

    And they are very accurate .


  3. TheSollyLama

    TheSollyLama Writers Guild

    Nov 30, 2007
    If the pelt is not a concern, pretty much any gun you want to pull the trigger on is fine. I've seen people with 7mm mags that shoot songdogs with them.

    But if pelts are a concern, then the smaller the hole the better. I use a .22-250 with Remington Accu-Tip ammo and if shot strait in the chest, almost never exits. Even in a broadside shot I rarely get an exit wound that needs to be fixed to sell the pelt.
    The .204 Ruger is a hot item for furbearer hunting as I've heard lots of good things from coyote hunters with them.

    The difference is mainly in bullet construction. Varmit bullets all but explode on impact, minimizing penetration. Deer caliber bullets tend to maximize penetration to get to vitals in bigger game. Power levels aside- a .30-06 deer round will blow completely through a coyote, and varmint rounds will not penetrate reliably on big game- it's a matter of matching the tool to the game.
    If the 7mm-08 (a round I don't have much experience with) has varmint bullets in the line up- then I don't see why not. But deep penetrating deer bullets are way overkill on coyotes.
    Again- no biggie if you don't care about fur. But if you want to sell the fur later- try to put the smallest hole in it you can.
  4. 280AIman

    280AIman Well-Known Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    Like Solly said if you are not worried about pelt damage the the 7-08 is great for everything from P-Dogs to Elk. But if you are looking to keep pelts the 204 Ruger or the 223 Remington would be a better choice. Or you could just pick the best as in the 220 Swift.
  5. biff's reloading

    biff's reloading Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2006
    yes. sierra makes a 100gr hollow poitn in .284 and they are pretty impressive on woodchucks in the 7mm mag with a reduced load going 3200fps. im sure the -08 can muster up that. 3" high at 100 is 4" low at 300, but it drops like a rock past that
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2008
  6. GusMcCrae

    GusMcCrae New Member

    Feb 6, 2008
    Thank you everybody for the help.
  7. AlbertaAl

    AlbertaAl Well-Known Member

    Feb 11, 2008
    7mm-08 kils coyotes

    7mm-08 is a great calibre.
    If you dont care about the fur it's definitely accurate enough.
    If you want to save coyote hides you'll have to pick your bullet carefully and reload to build a reduced load for calling in distances of 75-130 yard shooting.
    A long distance bullet would be a Berger or Scenar
    Stay away from shoulder hits
    Reduced load could be built using a lighter weight bullet that works in your barrel twist and choose a fast powder and might have to use Dacron filler if its a shotgun powder for ultra close shooting.
    A reduced load is tricky and you need to have reloading skills.
    Hope my 2 cents helped someone