8x57 Mauser for coyotes and groundhogs

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  1. cva209x50

    cva209x50 New Member

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    I just got a m43 Spanish mauser in 8x57mm. I plan on busting a few whistle pigs with it this summer. I also plan on using it on moondogs (coyotes) this winter. Yes, I know I should use something smaller but :

    I live in Indiana

    I can't use anything larger than a 50 Beowulf for deer

    There are no weapon restrictions for groundhogs and coyotes.

    I plan on selling the coyote tails*.

    The place I grew up hunting on and still hunt on has deer, turkeys, squirrels, "trophy" groundhogs (I ain't kidding) and a pack of coyotes that need to be managed because the 109 acres I hunt on has a great Whitetail bloodline and I don't want them messing with the fawns.

    How much do you guys think I could get for the coyote tails?

    P.S- if you hang pelts on the wall without a mounting bracket, I recommend using nails with the tiniest head possible. That way you don't compress as much fur and it looks better.
     
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  2. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Sorry but, 109 acres & you have a Whitetail blood line ?...........
     

  3. cva209x50

    cva209x50 New Member

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    I don't know if it's a legit bloodline but the bucks are pretty decent size. The Whitetail deer in Noble county, Indiana are pretty good size.
     
  4. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Whitetail Bucks Roam for Miles !...............
     
  5. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    8x57 is a lot of rifle for ground hogs. There may not be much left.
     
  6. cva209x50

    cva209x50 New Member

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    Yeah well, I hunt along the north noble / Lagrange county line.
     
  7. cva209x50

    cva209x50 New Member

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    OK, what about 410 rifled slugs.
     
  8. Catfish

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    I had a friend that used to hunt groundhog with an 8 x 57. He cast his own 110 gr. lead bullets and loaded them down. He did not miss many out to 100 yards, and took a lot out to 150 yards, with the military sights. As for the 410, Federal 3 in. are the most powerful that I know of, and they push a 115 gr. bullet at abt 1,700 fps. The BC of a bullet that lite in 41 cal. is very low and you range is extremely limited. Now if you were to build a 410 like I have, on a Moslin action, and load your own you could do a lot better. Using plastic cases I pushing a 240 gr. cast bullet at 1295 fps., 55 fps faster than my Super Black Hawk pushes them. There is no recoil with this load and my granddaughter at age 12 shot an 1 1/5 in group at 100 yards with the military trigger. I think with a different powder I could get the velocity higher, but why?
     
  9. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    FMJ`s just make a nice neat hole !...............At least my .303 does...........
     
  10. cva209x50

    cva209x50 New Member

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    Remington underloads their 8mm Mauser ammo to the equivalent of a 30-30.
     
  11. dteed4094

    dteed4094 New Member

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    We dress the chucks and freeze them till the corn is ready. Thaw them and quarter them out and parboil them till they are almost done then put them on a hotdog stick and roast over a fire while the corn is cooking on the coals. Leave the husks on the corn and soak it in water or beer for an hour or so and throw it on the coals for 10-15 min. This and a keg on ice you'll have a good ole Yankee chuck roast. A lot of people turn their nose up to eating woodchuck till they try it. The roast seems to get bigger every year when everyone starts saving their chucks. My one buddy brought 270 chucks 2 years ago.
     
  12. cva209x50

    cva209x50 New Member

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    Does it matter how big they are?
     
  13. cva209x50

    cva209x50 New Member

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    My dad always says the younger and/or smaller ones taste better. I kinda want to try nutria. Apparently, if you slow roast them in a croc-pot they aren't bad.
     
  14. dteed4094

    dteed4094 New Member

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    just like anything , The ones in their prime are somewhat better, the older are fatter and slightly tougher but still good if processed right.
     
  15. cva209x50

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    In my opinion, a "banana head" doe tastes better than a button buck.