how is a 17hmr for coyote hunting

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by luke1999, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. luke1999

    luke1999 New Member

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    I have a .17 and have tried calling coyotes haven't got any in just wanted to know how good a .17 is for coyote hunting
     
  2. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    Use the 20 grain fmj and keep your shots under 100 yards. The 17 hmr is such a tack driver that at those distances it should be easy to head shoot them. Be prepared for the hate from the "that's not ethical crowd".
     

  3. luke1999

    luke1999 New Member

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    Thanks yeah I will
     
  4. mrt8110

    mrt8110 New Member

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    .17 for coyotes

    I agree with Rdj3282,but I would extend the yardage to no more than 150 yards and when you do, be careful of the wind,the bullet drifts. I enjoy shooting this cartridge!:) Cliff!
     
  5. dks7895

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    I love my 17hmr...but it's not the best choice for coyotes. In a pinch it will work, but if you are calling them in I would go with centerfire.
     
  6. luke1999

    luke1999 New Member

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    I hunt a big field and I have brush that they come from know more than 200 yards long so I'm safe
     
  7. dks7895

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    IMO these are not ideal situations for the 17hmr on a coyote. At 200 yards you are much better off with a 22 caliber centerfire or bigger.
     
  8. luke1999

    luke1999 New Member

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    Yeah that's why I'm going to call them in to 100 yards or shorter
     
  9. bs1984

    bs1984 New Member

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    I've shot six coyotes this year with my 17 and dropped them all in one shot at about the 150 200 yard mark the wind is a factor with the small bullets tho
     
  10. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    200 yds. with a .17 Rim Fire all one shot kills. Do you really know what a coyote is? Do you know how far 200 yds is? Just to help you out this is a picture of a coyote.:rolleyes:


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  11. luke1999

    luke1999 New Member

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    Hey thanks and yeah I do know what a coyote is
     
  12. bs1984

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    Practice makes perfect
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2012
  13. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    Why would any careing hunter shoot even a coyote with a 17 gr. bullet at 200 yds. The drop is almost 10" from a rifle barrel. The bullet drift is about 9" even with a 10 MPH wind or gust. The energy is down to around 70 lbs at 200 yds. This is not enough to be relieable on Pocket Gophers. You run a very high risk of causing a slow painful death for your prey. This is not a coyote rifle at any range it is only good for small rodents. They are OK for wild turkey at close range. If you are going to shoot coyotes get a center fire.:(
     
  14. bs1984

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    Sorry to mislead the distance was about 75 to 125 yards
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i'm sorry but i have to agree with Durango. i know some people hunt coyotes with the 17HMR, but i think there are much better calibers than it. even a 204 Ruger would be much better suited. i like my 17HMR, but i wouldn't hunt coyotes with it and i can shoot mine pretty good at 200 yards. but a 15-20 gr. bullet IMO is just too small and too sensative to wind for any type of hunting. just not ethical in my way of thinking.
     
  16. 7point62

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    I've killed coyotes with .204 Ruger because it's all I had...not sure I'd want to try it with 17HMR. The .204 kills were with Hornady V-Max ballistic tip...no drop at 200 yards and good penetration because the MV is so high...but in principle I also agree with Durango.
     
  17. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the 204 Ruger is over twice in bullet weight and almost twice the velocity. the 204 would be the minimum i would consider. maybe, if all i had was the 17HMR and could get a good shot at 50-75 yards, maybe i might if the reason was good enough. but as Durange said, much better choices than the 17HMR, for hunting coyotes.