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Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Redneck420, Nov 29, 2012.
what's better for coyotes; the .223 or the .308?
maybe the 30-30?
Either will put the down dead just fine. If you have a large coyote population problem, i would go with .223 (cost effective)
.233 hands down.
223 is more cost effective and smaller or no exit wound with proper bullet choice. Yotes are easy to kill.
250 yards and I. Bless softball sized hole in the chest of a tote with a 223.
What weapon do you have? Do you like it and can you shoot it well? You now have your answer.
Don't have any? The .223/5.56 will be easier to learn on. Go with one of them. Cheaper too. More fun, maybe not.
Either rifle will do for coyotes,as others have said 223 will be less costly to shoot along with less recoil.
A lot of yote hunting around here. Everyone uses .223/5.56.
If you have both, use the 223. If not, and you are looking for a gun to hunt coyotes as well as deer and the occasional hog, a 308 may be better for an all around hunting rifle. The only thing is you can really do some damage to a smaller animal with a 308 and a not so well placed shot.
The 223 or 22-250 is an excellent yote gun. We kill everyone that we see around here,and the 223 does the job more than any other,but I do kill a bunch with my 25/06. It tears them up,and makes a mess out of them.
The .223 or the .308 will both work well on coyotes. I personally use a ruger mini 14 in .223 or 5.56 mm, but that is mainly due to the fact that it is my truck gun and it is with me everytime I go up and work in the back 40. Prior to that, I was using a 1903 Sringfield mark 1 or my Savage 110 in .270 winchester with handloaded .223 sabot rounds. Some people call that overkill, I personally think that overkill is underused.
As some have already posted, .223 will be more cost effective, If I had to choose a new 'yote rifle, I would get a bolt action .223. If I already had a rifle in a good do anything caliber, such as .308, I would run with that. Hope this helps.
+1 on the 22-250
I myself love shooting the .308 and the recoil really isn't much to speak of. From varmints to elk a .308 is very effective. I use 150 grain for varmints and coyotes and 180 grain for hogs, deer elk, muslims etc...
22 LR is all you need , shot placement ....?
WOW! Talk about dragging a thread up from the dead! posting on a thread that died in 2012??? Really? I'd THINK the original poster has his answer & made choice by now!
My only coyote kill with a Winchester bulk 22lr...
If I knew that was going to happen I would have used CCI Velocitors ...
The only coyote I've shot was with my 444 Marlin at 20 yards.
The best gun and caliber for shooting coyotes is the one in your hand when a shot presents.
I agree with Dango and Primer in regard to shot placement is the most important factor. And yes a 22 LR can be effective killing Coyotes.
But from experience do not underestimate our Coyote critters.
I have shot a many of them and blew lungs out only to see them run like the wind for a while with a softball sized hole on the opposite side from the impact. And yes, bullet selection is very important when talking about DRT kills.
I have shot a many of coyotes and pigs with the following and all work very well so it comes down as many have stated to the cost and availability of ammunition for the caliber.
223/5.56 * Would be my recommendation for you! They also have some fantastic varmint rounds available today for the 223.
6.5 Grendel (One of my favorites * But one should reload for them due to $$$)
308 (For longer ranges with wind conditions)
458 SOCOM (For Fun!)
(Nick Named the HAMMER!) But $$$$$ regarding ammunition unless you reload for it.)
Comes down to personal choice all are very effective.
Here is some Eye Candy! The second on from the Right was with the 458 SOCOM.
I was being more sarcastic than anything as far as what .22lr load, but shot placement is the key regardless. A guy at work showed me a picture of the 50 pounder he got during deer muzzleloader season last weekend. It took 3 shots with a 50 caliber with 150 grains behind them to finally keep it down.
He said the last one he shot was with a 7mm, the only reason it didn't get away is because it's guts got caught up in brush. It started to chew through its own intestines when the head shot did it in. That's tougher than I am.