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Old 10-23-2013, 05:04 PM   #1
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I'm going rabbit hunting this weekend and I want to get something to use as a coyote backup... just in case. I can't decide between rifled slugs or some 3" 00 buck. I'm pretty sure my #6 High brass game loads would just piss off a coyote.



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Old 10-23-2013, 05:07 PM   #2
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Are you talking defensive or offensive?
If I were surrounded by a pack of yotes I'd want Buck shot. If I intended to take a shot at one if the opportunity presented itself I'd go slugs.
You could always carry both.



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Depends on the range you are expecting to shoot at. Close in amongst the brush then 00 buck will be fine

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Will you carry two guns? I don't expect you to unload and reload if the opportunity arises.

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By the time you got one of loaded it would be to late, they would be outta there within seconds . There very educated around here

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#6 shot will kill a coyote just as good as anything. Coyotes are not large animals, buckshot and slugs are not required to kill a coyote. Lead BB shot is the premium shotgun round for coyote. If the coyote is under 40 yards away a regular rabbit load will end his days. In fact, any round ball shotgun round is dubious beyond 45 yards. More weight does not equal more range with round balls, they all slow down at the same rate.

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Are you talking defensive or offensive?
If I were surrounded by a pack of yotes I'd want Buck shot. If I intended to take a shot at one if the opportunity presented itself I'd go slugs.
You could always carry both.
A little of both- I also want to keep them off the beagles.
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2 3/4 00 buck is plenty of wham.

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The shell is a Winchester high brass #6 game load. The shotgun is my dad's 870.

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Quote:
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The shell is a Winchester high brass #6 game load. The shotgun is my dad's 870.
You have a lot higher risk bodily harm for putting a dirty 870 on a white couch than a pack of coyotes attacking you. LOL!

Coyotes (at least around here) are opportunistic and skittish, not wildly aggressive. This time of year they are still eating well. Use whatever load you have in the gun, but If you are stalk hunting they will see/smell/hear you long before you could think of raising the 870.

Coyote hunting is a ton of fun, but way more challenging than most people think. They survive by being smart and taking high probability meals like carrion and mice. Their eyesight, hearing and smell are so advanced that without high quality calls, callers and decoys the odds of getting one is not very good.

Have fun and Good Luck!


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