7 mag for coyotes

Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by loves2hunt, Apr 19, 2010.

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  1. loves2hunt

    loves2hunt Member

    Apr 16, 2010
    anyone use a 7 mag for coyotes? it seems a little over kill, and i'm thinking about a getting a new rifle, but i wanted to see if anyone else uses the 7 mag
  2. 436

    436 Well-Known Member

    Mar 22, 2009
    I've used the old, but quite good Speer 115gr #1617 Varmint bullet in many 7mm's including the 7mm Rem Mag. They really do a good job on most everything. After all there is no over kill; dead is dead, unless you’re saving hides.
  3. ForneyRider

    ForneyRider Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2010
    I shot a 'yote at ~250yards with 120gr Nosler BT in 7mm Mag. Just went right through. The 120's are very accurate in my rifle.

    My dad took one with his 375H&H.
  4. sambo3006

    sambo3006 Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    The last time I went coyote hunting I took my 7mm mag because I had plenty of ammo loaded for it and had recently confirmed zero. Didn't help, I missed the yote any way! Must remember to put the scope on the correct power setting when using a ballistic reticle for hold over. Dang it!

    I don't save the hides, just the tails so I don't worry about big holes.
  5. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    i have shot coyotes with the 7mm when i was hunting elk. the recoil and blast is more than my regular coyote rifles. it killed them . it is a good excuse to get another rifle if you are so inclined. one of my most accurate rifles is a 7mm sendero.
  6. Bowhunter57

    Bowhunter57 Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2010
    I agree with 436, there's no such thing as overkill or too much rifle, as dead is dead. I have a .25-06 for coyotes, but was considering the 300 Weatherby.

    I've heard guys say that they wished they'd shot a second or thrid time or "I should've put another round in him, but I thought he was down" or "I can't believe he got back up and ran off." :rolleyes:

    I'd much rather the guy standing next to me would have a shocked look on his face and say, "Do you think ya got him?"(sarcastic) or "Geez, do you think ya used enough rifle?" or "Wow! You can read a newpaper through that one."

    Good luck with your choices!
    Good hunting, Bowhunter57
  7. nwcp

    nwcp Active Member

    Oct 9, 2009
    7mm mag for coyote is pretty much overkill. Out at very long ranges I'm sure it'll put them down. I think I'd rather use my .308 for longer shots. Less punishing and less expensive to shoot.
  8. little black 243

    little black 243 Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    I shot one at 75 yards with mine and a 168 berger once, I did hit it in the sholder but it removed a good 1/8th or better of the coyote!!!
  9. shaneman153d

    shaneman153d Active Member

    Feb 3, 2010
    I used my 7mm pretty much exclusively this past season for coyotes. There were a couple that were really messy, like gut shots with a 100gr HP. I used that Sierra Varminter 100gr for most of my kills (before I really understood the difference between .2 and .6 BC at 400yds) This year I'm going to use heavier hunting load. Much better for long range shots, and not nearly as explosive as match or varmint loads. I'm waiting to try out some 168gr bergers on a pup!

    Also, most of my kills were no bloodier than my buddy's with his .243 (80gr NBT). And I didn't have any runners, he did. :rolleyes:

    I also have a new Remington 5R I want to try coyotes with this year. I think the 155gr scenar will do nicely! :D
  10. OKIE2

    OKIE2 Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2007
    If you use the point blank range of your bullet load you won't have to worry about hold over. this will keep you shooting inside a 6 inch circle to that point
    in yards.
  11. goose

    goose Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2008
    The 162 Amax made a mess at less than 100, I haven't shot any at longer ranges. I was thinking about the target VLDs with the heavier jacket. Might be worth a try.
  12. 300stw

    300stw Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2004
    i shoot a 7mag with 168 berger for everything, up to 9 coyotes this year since deer season ended,,,,2 tonight, 1 at 711 yds and 1 at 491 yds,,, missed a 540 yd shot,,,,oh well,,,,

    kills well everything i have shot with it,,,,,
  13. Ron Ankeny

    Ron Ankeny Active Member

    Jan 10, 2009
    I use my 7mm Rem Mag. in the spring when coyotes hang up, sit down, and bark at me from a far. I am shooting a 168 Berger over Reloader 22.
  14. ishootkittens

    ishootkittens Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2010
    we shoot them to keep them away from our livestock.... NO SUCH THING AS OVERKILL! 7mm does some damage.. ive seen it first hand.. especially with B-tips.