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Ok now here is a question.

ryan_marineryan_marine Member Posts: 635
edited December 2003 in Ask the Experts
I know I am going to catch some flack for this but here goes. I have got some coyotes coming in to close to the house. I am not wanting to wake up the neighbors. Can a 22lr take down a coyote at 10yrds with a head shot? I can hit them in the head all day long. They are only 10 feet from the front door. Someone has to go and it will not be me. If a 22lr will only wound them with a head shoot then I will buy a BIG Dog (Mastif) and place him in the yard to destroy them. Let me know. I would like not to have the dog to feed but I would rather feed my little 22lr. The nearest neighbor is 30yrds down the street.

Thanks

Ray


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    Rafter-SRafter-S Member Posts: 2,173 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I presume this is at night and you live in a city limits where shooting is illegal.

    If so, leave the coyotes alone unless they are being a problem. They won't bother humans and usually won't bother larger pets. If they are a problem, call Animal Control.

    I have coyotes come up close to my house regularly--my old dog just barks and they leave. No harm done. I don't shoot at them for similar reasons people in town don't--the bullet will bounce across my dark pasture where cattle are. A bad shot could cost me $1,000. A miss in town and the bullet could end up in a neighbor's house and cost you a trip to jail.

    If you live in an area where there are no laws on shooting, and if you feel compelled to murder a coyote, then my recommendation for the ranges you mention is a 12 guage with #4's.

    My 2.5-cents worth,
    Rafter-S
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    Colt SuperColt Super Member Posts: 31,007
    edited November -1
    If they get that close, I'd shoot 'em with a .22 short from a blot action rifle. If you hit them in the head, they will die.

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    ryan_marineryan_marine Member Posts: 635
    edited November -1
    Btw no I live just out side city limits and it is legal to shoot them after dark. I have an old targetmaster remington that is very accurate out to 50yrds.

    Thanks

    Ray

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    WarbirdsWarbirds Member Posts: 16,854 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    If your anywhere within city limits, don't even think about it. And although bullet placement is key nobody is perfect 100% of the time. I don't recomend the head shots only with a .22 long rifle. Nobody's perfect, and the sound of a gunshot (no matter the caliber) is likely to wake the neighbors. Sounds like a Mini-14 would suit you quite well, and I'd tell the neighbors in advance what the gun shots at night are going to be about. If it's just not doable with the noise get yourself a dog. I would think a Rhodesian Ridgeback would clear the problem up quicker than a Mastiff. This is a gun forum, and I don't want to stray from the topic and begin rambling about dogs, my vote is a mini-14, if you can't do that, then a Ridgeback.

    R/

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    AlpineAlpine Member Posts: 15,070 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    ARO will just tell you to hire a private animal trapper. Coyotes were so thick around the last place I lived, all the neighbors had experienced missing cats and small dogs. A well placed 22 lr will do the trick. One shot and no one will be able to tell the location of where the shot came from. I advised all my neighors of what I was going to do and they were all for it.

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    ryan_marineryan_marine Member Posts: 635
    edited November -1
    I have been checking back and now see some good advice. I talked with the neighbors and they are now over here and we all are looking for them. They love this. They have had a couple of their cats come up missing. I shot one time at an old sand bag out there and they said that they never heard it. (I told them before hand) Now we are looking for them to come in and try to get in the trash and stuff. We think that this is kinda cool. I have a 700vls .223 but we think that it might be a little loud for shooting them. We will stick to our 22lr. I am going to use my ruger 10/22 with its 3-12 scope on it. I should not miss their head at 10yrds. If I do I will give up completly and hire one of you all to come in and do this for me.


    Thanks

    Ray

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    Laredo LeftyLaredo Lefty Member Posts: 13,451 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Ray.... If you use your scoped 10-22 keep in mind the difference between the line of sight through the scope and the bore line.

    If it is zeroed for say 75 or 100yds, it will shoot a little low at 10yds. You might want to fire some 10 yd test shots.
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    bambihunterbambihunter Member Posts: 10,695 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    If you are having a hard time getting the 'yotes to stay close long enough for a shot, hang out some meat (fresh rabbit works as well as anything) and that'll peak thier interest. However, the best way to get them to hang around long enough for a shot is pen up (safely) a female dog in heat. Even female 'yotes come in to investigate for some reason...
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    donnie1956donnie1956 Member Posts: 35 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    You might try calling them in with distressed rabbit or deer. Most cassette tapes available at sporting goods stores. Just put a boom box at the yardage you would like to shoot them at. Lung shot will also kill them and they will run off and die somewhere else. You don't have to deal with the carcass.
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    warcrobwarcrob Member Posts: 358 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I'd be more concerned with a misplaced shot and a stray bullet going towards a neighbors house. A 22 long rifle can travel up to a mile and a half. I'd recommend using a shotgun. At 10 yards a .410 loaded with number 4 shot in a 3" shell should do the job. Shoot for thead or chest area.

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