Originally Posted by 7point62
I've killed coyotes with .204 Ruger because it's all I had...not sure I'd want to try it with 17HMR. The .204 kills were with Hornady V-Max ballistic tip...no drop at 200 yards and good penetration because the MV is so high...but in principle I also agree with Durango.
the 204 Ruger is over twice in bullet weight and almost twice the velocity. the 204 would be the minimum i would consider. maybe, if all i had was the 17HMR and could get a good shot at 50-75 yards, maybe i might if the reason was good enough. but as Durange said, much better choices than the 17HMR, for hunting coyotes.