Best caliber for Coyotes and Groundhog

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by Big_Steve, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. stevetford

    stevetford Fawn

    Jul 2, 2007
    Ballard county
    That should do it, but I think there was a mention or 2 about cost of ammo ;)
  2. ditchdigger

    ditchdigger 8 pointer

    Jul 23, 2007
    In my opinion it depends a lot on the range that you will be shooting....but you can't go wrong with the .223 or .22-250.
  3. APhillips

    APhillips Fawn

    Sep 5, 2007
    7.62x39 seems like it would work well
  4. stevetford

    stevetford Fawn

    Jul 2, 2007
    Ballard county
    They do work as I have been using a SKS for coyote, but with the rainbow like trajectory correct shot placement is difficult. I zeroed mine at 50 yards and using a mil-dot scope have been able to get most of my shots at 100 yards close to where I want them. But it is time for some shots in the 300-400 yard range and currently I think the 22-250 is going to be the choice.
  5. Coaldigger

    Coaldigger Spike

    Dec 31, 2006
    Pike County, Ky
    I have the Savage model12fv bullbarrel .223. It's awsome (Tack Driver), you can't beat a savage on accuracy ;) The accutrigger is unreal ! Ammo is cheap & you have a wide selection of brands & type !
  6. turkeytalker

    turkeytalker Banned

    Nov 3, 2004
    .223 and 22-250 (my fav) are poison to coyotes.Never had one take another step with either.

    I bought my boy a .204 last Christmas and wow it is a barn burner.Be hard for me to argue against this round out to 300yrds.
  7. notimlmit

    notimlmit 12 pointer

    Feb 7, 2007
    Barren co.
    When my father passed I was given his Remington model 700 22-250. Since then I've taken a bobcat with it and it nearly blew out the shoulder of the bullet exit. My tax. done a great job though. My son in law has used it to deer hunt with and it takes them down fast also so I'm sure it would be a mean gun for the yotes

    TROPHYTAKER308 Banned

    Oct 23, 2005
    ??????????:confused:17 hmr is plenty
  9. Big_Steve

    Big_Steve Spike

    Aug 21, 2007
    Berea, Ky
    I have heard that the 17 is not a big enough round to humanely kill one.
  10. redsman

    redsman Fawn

    Jan 9, 2007
    .223 IS plenty, I have owned one since I was 13, 20years ago. I still have that same rifle NEF with a 4x12 40mm. Although my 10 year old son now claims it. He has killed 9 deer and a coyote with it. I have taken numerous groundhogs when I was younger then got it out a few years ago to start coyote hunting with. It has never failed. He has never lost a deer and I have never lost a predator. It is all about shot placement. If you dont shoot as accurate as maybe you need too, then maybe step up to a .243, personally I love this cal. very versitile. coyotes or deer for all ages. Right now my deer rifle is a ruger m77 mark II .25-06, nice cal but expensive to shoot, and I dont want to beat it around hunting yotes, so I stick with the .223. Shoot them all if you can and pick the one you shoot best.:D
  11. I bought a H&R in the .204 early last year. Put the AR look-a-like stock and forend on it w/ a bi-pod. It is small and easy to carry. Holds up to some pretty rough treatment, and looks cool too. The flattest shooting rifle I have ever shot. On the range out to 300 is a lay-up, and so far in the feild, out to 200 yards, Only needed that one shot. ;)
  12. ceg4uk

    ceg4uk 8 pointer

    Oct 31, 2006
    Sloughs WMA
    What about a .240 Weatherby Mag.? I looked strongly at this caliber about a year ago, until something else trumped it on the "wish list."
  13. wolverine82

    wolverine82 6 pointer

    Oct 1, 2007
    Marion County, KY
    A Ruger 26-06 M77 Mark II
  14. Broncorckcrwlr

    Broncorckcrwlr Fawn

    Oct 14, 2007
    London, KY
    I use a Ruger M77 in 22-250 because I got it cheap. I really don't know a lot about brands, calibers, ballistics etc but the few coyotes and groundhogs I have shot with it didn't seem to notice.
  15. Just bought a savage model 10 preditor in 22-250. I haven't gotten to shoot it yet, but I have heard from friends that coyotes don't mind it...mainly because they never know it hit them:D

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