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?
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.
I've had them run a good ways chest-shot with a .30-06, .300Winmag, and other centerfires. But that .22 mag will kill them just as dead as a bigger gun.