Can I use a .17 hmr for coyote?
Posted 06 January 2012 - 05:34 AM
Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:09 AM
Ronnie Robison tested hevi-shot for the company a few tears ago and he found that 4 hevi would penetrate a coyotes skull at 60 yards. As Tom advised get them in as close as possible.I would be comfortable shooting them at 30-35 yards with 4 hevi
Posted 06 January 2012 - 11:38 AM
To the original question......there are indeed people who kill coyotes with a .17 hmr, many claim it does just fine, I tend to believe that most of those claims are made by people who killed one or two and then claim that they are a good coyote rifle.....they are not. If it's all you have then get it sighted in and go for it but if it were me I would grab the shotgun. My experience with the HMR has taught me exactly what Scott said and shows in the charts.
Some years ago there was a discussion on this very subject and I believe it was CT also....can you use a .22 mag? I guess my point is....is it rimfire only?
Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:26 PM
Picture of 2 coyotes in explanation above.
I was hunting for a good fur gun for fox and bobcats and went first with the Savage .17 HMR. I shot 30 foxes with it and had mixed results. I shot 1 smaller sized bobcat at 25 yards straight in the chest and he went down like a sack of potatoes. Not even a twitch.
In the end I sacked the .17 hmr all-together as I felt its a round more in tune with rabbits, woodchucks, squirrels, and mammals of that size. Marginal performance if you are looking at targets of average size.
Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:44 PM
I remember the first coon I shot with it, 10 feet up and I was maybe 15 feet from the tree, right in the face, coon stayed in the tree, 5 more shots and the coon falls down, I'm thinking something bad has happened to the scope between the range and the field, check the coon, of the 5 shots in the body, 2 splashed, the first shot to the head actually hit the coon square on the chin and blew the end of his lower jaw up.......6 total shots and 3 found there way inside the coon, I think he died from laughing at the HMR.
Posted 06 January 2012 - 01:34 PM
Yes, you could use an HMR for shooting coyotes and I could use a tack hammer to frame a house.
Posted 06 January 2012 - 01:47 PM
Scott you got a energy chart for a shotgun useing buck-shot???????
I've told you a number of times that if you think a shotgun shooting shot can't kill a coyote at 60 yards, drag your old stank ass out to AZ and Rich and I will shoot at you with our 870s from 75 yards with #4 buck and see if you are left standing.
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