Acceptable caliber??

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What are your thoughts on a 22mag as a varmint rifle? I do not anticipate any shots over 100 yards. Will my little magnum do the job on a coyote?

trad bow

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I like the 22 mag for calling coyotes in the woods. I always try for head shot. Even shot a couple hogs coming in to the rabbit cry.


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I've shot several coyotes with a 22mag. The key is shot placement. If you want to put your hands on him right there, shoot them in the head. If not, shoot behind the shoulder in the heart and lungs and let the buzzards tell you where it is.


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Totally agree. Head or neck shots..IF you want to put him down DRT. A 22LR Stinger is potent within 50 yds or so. Even a Grey Fox is a tough little dude,and requires good shot placement😉


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Get some jacketed soft points and it'll knock the poop out of them.
I’ve used my 22-250 for years but can’t find FP, BTHP, 55 gr. So I hand loaded some Barns X 50 gr. But can’t see where I hit them but they DRT. So I bought a Savage AR and loaded some 77gr. Sierra BTHP. Let’s see


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A thrown rock connecting in the right place will put one down. And it's easy to say, make a head or neck shot and it will kill him. If you are presented with that then it's an easy call, if you aren't then it's easier to say that than do it. We hunt them with 6mm creedmoors and have lost a couple with them. One we recovered was dragging 5 feet of guts behind her when she fell dead. Yes it was a bad shot, but she was recovered because of the damage even a bad shot created. They are tough suckers. Yes, hit them right and they will fall, but after killing my fair share, that perfect shot is a rarity. If that is all you have then go coyote hunting, but to cleanly kill when that perfect shot is not presented....well, there are better chamberings out there for coyotes. Just my opinion......


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I just posted a thread with pics of several I’ve killed in my backyard. About half were killed with 22 mag. Head shots. But also these were all within 30 yards. The others were with 223 and 22-250.
So yep. A 22 mag will get it done. Sensible range and placement.