Long Range Coyotes

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by 1eye, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. 1eye

    1eye Well-Known Member

    Feb 8, 2009
    Need information on good caliber and good scope to shoots coyotes long range. I now have a 6.5 x .284 and was thinking maybe a .338. do not know much about the .338 maybe less wind drift. Also trying to figure out if a 6.5 x20 scope is enough power out to 800 yards or so. What would be the best combination, and retical choice.

  2. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    For coyotes you don't need a 338 and something lighter would be a better choice
    in my opinion.

    Look at the ballistic tables and I think you will see what I mean.

    For ranges up to 1000 yrds I would recomend the 7mm RUM or one of its equivalent
    wild cats.

    This is one of the flatest shooting factory rounds available and with the wide choice
    of bullets one of the best for wind drift.

    If you don't mind belted cases the 7mm STW would also be a good choice because they
    will push a 140gr bullet 3500+ ft/sec and the RUM will exceed 3600+ft/sec.

    As for as scopes, any GOOD scope around 6.5x20x50 will work . Milldots or turrents are your
    choice. I like both so I have fast holdover with the mill dot and when time is not an issue
    I can crank in the the zero with the turrents.


  3. Sendero_Man

    Sendero_Man <strong>SPONSOR</strong>

    Feb 4, 2007
    Not much beats the 243 Ackley Imp. for long range coyotes. Shoot the 115 Berger, DTAC or 105 Amax out of a fast twist barrel and it is lights out.

    I'd stay away from the magnum calibers. No need for them on coyotes.

    243AI info with 115 DTAC....

    Cartridge Bullet Vel FPS 300yd Drop/Drift 600yd Drop/Drift 1000yd Drop/Drift
    .243 AI 115 DTAC 3200 8.32" | 4.08" 57.15" | 17.57" 218.6" | 54.8"

    7mm STW info with 140 grain

    7mm 140 3400 8.40"/ 5.4 59.6" / 24.2" 245.7"/ 79.1"
  4. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    Not sure what 6.5 bullet you are shooting, but I would look into the 123grn or the 139grn Lapua Senar for your 6.5X284. That is a champion caliber for longrange anything really. A yote would be a drop in the bucket for that rifle IMHO.

    Happy Shooting,
  5. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

    Jan 20, 2004
    I have a 270 Alen Mag for that purpose.

    Shoots 140 NABs @ 3600

    Heavier, higher bc bullets a little slower but flatter, if you can get 'em.

    I guess I'd recommend J.E. Custom's suggestions.
  6. DogZilla

    DogZilla Member

    Mar 1, 2009
    50 bmg is nice at long ranges....gun)
  7. cabelas90

    cabelas90 Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2008
    good grife are your yotes as big as your crows!
  8. stcummingsjr

    stcummingsjr Well-Known Member

    Feb 11, 2007
    I spent ½ a day shooting coyotes with a 338 RUM pushing 160gr TXS’s…. PAINFULL ! After 13 shots my ears/shoulder hated me… I was used to being able to manipulate my position to best kill coyotes, and not worry about my shooting form. I had to really pay attention as recoil is too great to be sloppy, making it sometimes hard to pull off unconventional shots. By lunch time I walked back to my truck and finished my hunt with a 243 WSSM. Would I use a .338 for yotes again? For sure!!! But not on a regular basis.
  9. DogZilla

    DogZilla Member

    Mar 1, 2009
    A 25/06 improved or banshee... With a 8x32 x 40 to 50 scope would be the ticket.

    Thompson center g2 or encore - bushness elite 4200 scope... Handloads..

    Lotsa dead yotes
  10. tobehunted

    tobehunted Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    There was a rancher just outside of helena having some coyotes ( some with mange ) messing with his cattle so we took out the 300 win mag ( his ) and my 300 rum with 190 berger vlds. we shot 3 coyotes in a half hour without doing any calling. From 150yds to 530 to 1050 yds . I did miss the first shot at 1050 just barely but got him on the next :D . Since trying to get the furs was out we figured we might as well get the big gun practice in. you know practice makes perfect...and alot of fun to.