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Best Yote Round (For Me)

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Goldendog Redux, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. Goldendog Redux

    Goldendog Redux Shut your mouth

    Aug 22, 2003
    I hesitate to even post this since it is an un-winnable debate but oh well.

    I want a decent rifle and scope to shoot a fairly quiet round for coyote control around the house and when I take the critters for a walk. The damn things are coming in pretty close these days.

    My hunter peeps tell me .17 or .22 magnum.

    The dove hunters go nuts across the street from me so shotguns are not a big deal. I just dont want a big, loud powerful round thats is gonna bring the police out if I smoke a coyote while walking the dogs or run outsisde in my underwear to take one out.

    Even my wife who is a certifiable animal lover wants the Coyote problem dealt with.

    I imagine I could get a cheap scope on a 22 magnum lever gun and be fine. But since this forum exists for spirited discussions, what ch'y'all think?

  2. I love my .17 HMR, but I think a big yote and that little bullet are a poor combination. I know people have used the .17 HMR on yotes and it worked, but I'm sure that there are lots of times it doesn't work.

    What distance are you planning on shooting them at?

    If they will be 100 yards or less you may want to consider a lever action .357 mag. Not as loud of a boom as a .223 but it will hammer the yotes.

    .22 Hornet or a .218 Bee would also bee good choices.

  3. Jonesee


    Apr 16, 2009
    .223 cal.

    Most the shots I've ever had on them were from a distance. The 223 is fast, flat, accurate and plenty to take them dowm.
  4. gunrunner0


    Apr 30, 2009
    Looking to get into Coyote hunting too, what about a .270Win., I kinda figured the .270 would be the best for longer shots, but like I said I've never hunted coyotes before so I honestly dont know.

  5. Jonesee


    Apr 16, 2009
    If you already have a 270, use it. It is a bit of overkill though. And, I don't think it will reach out as far as flat as the 223. I could be wrong. I don't shoot a 270 and have never looked at the ballistics.

  6. .270 with a 130 bullet is almost identical drop as a .223 with a 55 gr bullet. Less than 1/2" difference out to 300 yards.
  7. havensal

    havensal Nozzle Jockey CLM

    Aug 14, 2003
    Western, NY
    I use my .22 Mag for night hunting.

    If I were ever to head out to the prairies for some daylight hunting I would take my 25-06 or .270. :wavey:
  8. While I only shoot .223 for yotes, I would say that the 22-250 is also a great round for yotes. Flat shooting, long range, great knockdown power.
  9. mossy500camo

    mossy500camo ammo found

    Sep 27, 2004
    While I LOVE my .17 HMR and .22 Mag rifles. I dont think either one would be suitable for a clean kill on a "Yote". But if I had to choose from the 2 it would be to .22 mag.
  10. Goldendog Redux

    Goldendog Redux Shut your mouth

    Aug 22, 2003
  11. FPS


    Jul 15, 2005
    check out the .204 RUGER. If that is too loud stick with the 22mag.
  12. 8-Ball

    8-Ball Old SoulSoul

    Aug 30, 2004
    22-250 is, imho and experience, the best coyote round.
  13. I have shot 6 with my .17hmr so far, none of them dropped dead with one shot. I had 3 run and fall over dead later, the rest only made it a couple steps, and I had to go up to them and dispatch them. Stick with something bigger, .223, .22-250( what I hope to get soon) .204 ruger and up. If you don't make a reeeeally good shot with a .17hmr, he's OUT OF HERE.
  14. snewsoG22

    snewsoG22 ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    Sep 21, 2009
    show me state
    i vote .223, you ought to be able to find a used but in good shape and economical rifle in this caliber with ease as it's probably the most common varmint round.
  15. 6F0 Nick

    6F0 Nick Just Wanna Fly

    Jul 28, 2008
    East Coast
    .223, 22-250, and .204 are all good rounds if you want to keep the pelt. The damage will be very little. If you don't really care about the pelt, anything bigger than a .223 is good. You have to be pretty close for a 22 or 17 to make a clean kill. I hunted last year with my .270 and did pretty good. I will be hunting them this winter with a 30-30 and the new Hornady LeveRevolution ammo!
  16. glock20c10mm


    Dec 4, 2004
    Out West
    22Mag will work just fine for your purposes. Heck, for your purposes, out to about 60 yards, a 40gr 22LR will probably work fine.

    If you still want to keep the noise down, but get a little fancy, go with a 22 Hornet.

    To put the Hornet in perspective for ya, a 22LR is throwing a 34gr bullet around 1200fps.

    The 22 Mag with a 34gr bullet puts you around 2000fps.

    The 22 Hornet with Hornady's 35gr V-Max load gets you bumping 3100fps.

    And lastly, a 223 will throw 40 grainers around 3800fps.

    Depending on the platform, the 22 Hornet keeps the noise level down from a 223, and is only a little louder than the 22 Mag. And with the 22 Hornet, you can still realistically reach out and touch a coyote at the +200 yard mark.

    If you don't want to get fancy, I think the 22 Mag will work fine for ya!:thumbsup:

    Good Shooting,
  17. Add to addd, the CF round would be so much better in accuracy and reliability than a RF magnum 22 or 17.

  18. Some .22 Hornets, especially Ruger's, are very ammo sensitive and need hand loads to reach their true accuracy potential. The .17 HMR on the other hand is an extremely accurate round in just about any rifle chambered for it.

    Not saying the .17 HMR is a better round for coyotes than the .22 hornet, just that if you stick to factory ammo and are talking about accuracy I'll take the .17 HMR over the .22 Hornet based on my experiences with them.