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Old 06-26-2013, 10:27 PM   #11
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.223 is fine for coyotes, IMO. I'd use an expanding bullet, though, which would not only be more likely to give you a clean kill but would also probably not make an exit hole in that pelt you want to sell.

A fellow up here says he has killed quite a few wolves with .223 and is partial to the Barnes bullet for that job. A big wolf will go way over 100 lb. So, with the right bullets and accurate shooting, it'd be just fine for 'yotes.

ps: A lot of coyotes will take a lot of deer. Just sayin'....... Choot 'em!
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Is fmj ethical to use for coyotes?
Ethical? Nothing is unethical when it comes to coyotes. imo.
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Although a FMJ bullet will kill a coyote,unless it's a heart or head shot it will probably run off before it dies. FMJ ammo just punches holes completely through animals
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A heavy hollow point or a light soft point is what I prefer. The bullets tend to come apart inside them that way and do less fur damage. I try to keep my shots under 300 yds and prefer them inside 200 if I can call them in that close.
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I've killed over 100 coyotes with military 5.56 ball. I've never had one "run away", hit the ground and squirm?... away no. Of course if you shoot one in the butt or in the guts, the situation may be different.

I think the comments regarding the carbine are spot on. I use an AR, but I have a bull barrel and a 4 X 16 X 44 Hawke Sidewinder on top. Calling them in under 200 yds. is an acquired skill. I would estimate 90% of my shots are between 200 and 300 yds.

You might want to get yourself a varmint barreled upper and maybe a Nikon prostaff 3 X 9 with BDC before you take the field
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My brother and I have taken more than one singing dog with his Rem. 700 rifles in .223. We normally use HP bullets with very good results. Here in Ohio, we use bullets that are pretty fragile since farms and homes are around every turn and corner. If a miss occurs, we prefer bullets than will not ricochet as easily and possibly be a safety hazard with all the homes around,, I miss north Ga.,, had some room there, can't spit in this part of the country without seeing a house,,, I never use my other centerfire rifles here even though they are legal for certain varmints, they can just carry much too far for my safety concerns. Even FMJ's have a higher possibility than HP's. Good hunting.
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