best caliber for coyotes?

MeatMissile

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I’m shooting 87gr Bergers out of my T3x in 243. No reason other than I scored 500 of them and got acceptable accuracy with hardly any effort.

Before that, I just used whatever big game rifle I had ready to go. No runners with 7mm Rem Mag and 150gr ABLR or 300 Win Mag and 168gr TTSX.
 

Checkmate

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I use a .223. Most shots are <300 yards for us. I just put a new Howa mini together in 223. It shoots well, just need to get it out to draw blood now.
 

Goatie

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I do a lot of night hunting as well. MPBR with a 5” target in my 6 creed shooting 108’s is 300 yards. I bought a 204 specifically for night hunting. While I loved the gun (M700 VSSF II with a sig whiskey 5 gen 2 5-25x52), I didn’t really feel like I was giving up much when I took my 6CM out - it eventually sat in my safe collecting dust until I sold it a year ago.

I took a buddy out calling once that was a big AR guy. All I heard about on the drive out is how much quicker his follow up shots would be compared to my humble bolt gun. I called in 12 dogs over two days and he didn’t knock the wind out of a single one, I bet he went through 3 30 round mags between the 12 of them. Never again will I hunt with a guy using an AR...SMH
I’ve only shot a few coyotes with 223, 22-250, 243, 308, and 270 standard cals. All were dead quickly and all were well within 3 bills.

I later got into shooting prairie dogs and started using the same guns. After shooting a prairie dog square in the chest at 523 yards with an AR 223 16” 55gr vmax (I now realize I had actually loaded too hot), then watching crawl 15 yards to the bottom of its hole... 223 is off my list for coyotes beyond about 200.

I love the idea of quick follow up shots on yotees. However, the reality of hunting Yotes has taught me to focus on a more sturdy and confident first shot, and hope misses give your buddy their opportunity at success 😉

The last time I called coyotes this winter I carried my 243 and gave my buddy my AR with the 223 upper.

Adding photos of yotee guns L to R for fun
7-08, 243, 204, 223, 6.5 Grendel
 

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unclericco

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My go-to varmint cartridge is my custom 220 Swift AI. But if I had to pick just 1 it would be a 22-250. I do have one of those in a Weatherby Mark V Super Varmint master that has also been a great rifle
 

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I hunt coyotes all winter. I’ve killed them with .17 HMR, .22 Mag, .204 Ruger, .223, 22-250, .243, 6.5 Grendal, 6.5 CM and everything larger. If I could only choose one caliber to hunt coyotes, it would be the 22-250. Not the most fur friendly but they die.
 

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1stSgt M

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I have a sig tread in 556/223 with 55 grain hornady v max seems to do pretty well but this last year i have been using a tikka t3x in 22-250 with 50 grain browning BXV bullets and they have been knocking them down quick and not much pelt damage i like them both
Dam coyotes on my ranch have gotten smart or so they think, I'm killing them with my 22-250, fast flat shooting can't go wrong!
 

KSTiger

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I built a $3000 22-250 that hammered coyotes and tore them up a bit.


Then I bought a $500 ruger American .204. Put it in a chassis, and it absolutely HAMMERS coyotes. Very rarely exits. Shoots 35 and 40 grain Bergers with ridiculous accuracy.

One and done out to 300 so far. Have had 1 exit in 10 coyotes.

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What chassis and scope you got on that rig?
 

MTNTOPARCHERY

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What chassis and scope you got on that rig?

It’s an Indian creek designs.
He only makes them for the ruger Americans

Scope is super simple Burris predator quest


Awesome guy awesome chassis


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