12 gauge for coyotes

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by mosin762, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. mosin762

    mosin762 New Member

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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.
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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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.
     

  3. britishbulldog

    britishbulldog New Member

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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
     
  4. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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

    purehavoc New Member

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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
     
  6. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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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.
     
  7. mosin762

    mosin762 New Member

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    A little of both- I also want to keep them off the beagles.
     
  8. deathkricket

    deathkricket New Member

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    2 3/4 00 buck is plenty of wham.
     
  9. mosin762

    mosin762 New Member

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  10. CamoToe1

    CamoToe1 New Member

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    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!
     
  11. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    If you've got beagles and are actively hunting rabbits, I doubt you are foing to have coyote problems. They'll hear the dogs sounding off and they will be on the run. Shotgun in close vicinity near the beagles if they were attacked, probably would endager the beagles as much as the yotes. The loads for rabbit would take the fight out of a yote that got close enough for a shot.
     
  12. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I wouldn't shoot a coyote when I was running beagles to be honest. Beagles want to run coyotes bad enough without encouragement. Instead of a race in a small area you will be hunting from the truck trying to find the dogs. Coyotes will cover some ground once a pack of dogs starts trailing them.
     
  13. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    An excellent point.
     
  14. mosin762

    mosin762 New Member

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    I was thinking the smell of rabbit would draw them out. But then again, we use beagles and a single moondog going up against a pack of beagles would be like me challenging Randy Orton to a fist fight.