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Air rifles on coyotes?

Guys, I am not going to hunt coyotes with an air rifle, but check out this review of the JSB Predator pellets, The review is from reviewcentre.com

Good Points: The JSB pellets have great penetration, fast and hard hitting. Dont dirty up the barrel to bad either.
Bad Points: None that I can think of.
General comments: I have just recentley bought a Crossman Seirra pro, shoots pellets at 1000 fps, So I got my target zeroed in at 40 yards! Even at that range the rifle still had 1.2 IN. groupings. After that, I went coyote hunting. It may sound inhumane, but I called a coyote in with my foxpro, and according to my range finder he was about 22 yards away. I was in a tree stand, I shot him right behind the ear. Dropped him on the spot! He weighed in at 36 pounds. Great pellets.

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Air rifles on coyotes?

Hmmmm.... I don't know if that's such a great idea. Coyotes are varmints, but a hunter still has a responsibility to make a swift and clean kill, part of that is using a weapon proportionate to the animal's size. Right behind the ear at 22yds? Sounds like you made a good shot, but I'd still discourage this. To each his own, I reckon, as long as it's legal, but something about this doesn't hit me right. I'd almost consider a .22 to be somewhat small for a coyote.

Out of curiosity, do you know the bullet weight of your pellets?

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Location: Teton Valley, ID
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Air rifles on coyotes?

I've shot squirrels, jackrabbits and snowshoe hare with a Gamo Big Cat (1,000fps.) with Gamo Master Point (7.8gr.), Magnum (8.3gr.) and Hunter (8.4gr.) pellets. Out to 30 yds. they go right through them for heart/lung shots. I've shot ground squirrels at 60 yds. with Beeman Wadcutter Special Coating pellets.

I wouldn't shoot a coyote with it but I could see it as being very possible.

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Domed Pellets

wlfdg wrote:
I've shot squirrels, jackrabbits and snowshoe hare with a Gamo Big Cat (1,000fps.) with Gamo Master Point (7.8gr.), Magnum (8.3gr.) and Hunter (8.4gr.) pellets. Out to 30 yds. they go right through them for heart/lung shots. I've shot ground squirrels at 60 yds. with Beeman Wadcutter Special Coating pellets. I wouldn't shoot a coyote with it but I could see it as being very possible.
When possible use heavy ( 8.4-9 grain ) domed pellets for shooting at long ranges. I am surprised waddcutters are still good at 60 yards, they become inaccurate past 20 yards...

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Air rifles on coyotes?

I am headed out to a bigbore airgun shoot in Wyoming this month, and may take a coyote. But i sure wouldn't use a small-bore air rifle on one. I'll be using a bigbore air rifle (.454 caliber) on a coyote if I get the chance.

Yes I just hope it isn't overkill

The Great Western Big Bore Prairie Dog Shoot
http://hardcorebigbore.com/hunts.htm

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Air rifles on coyotes?

First welcome and second how about some more info on big bore airguns. Never heard of them, but sounds interesting.

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Air rifles on coyotes?
CVC wrote:
First welcome and second how about some more info on big bore airguns. Never heard of them, but sounds interesting.

Here is another post I made on hunting with them, along with a few links to get you started.

I must warn you: these guns are extremely addictive, and you may forget you even own powderburning guns for awhile. I get 250 .45caliber slugs for around $32, and 100 roundballs is only about $10, which allows me to shoot a lot of.45 caliber slugs on the cheap!

http://www.biggamehunt.net/node/24757#comment-63651

http://www.hardcorebigbore.com/

http://www.adventuresinairguns.com/

http://www.airgunadvice.net/index.php

http://www.network54.com/Index/41504

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Air rifles on coyotes?

Butcher45, What kind of recoil do those big bores have?

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wlfdg wrote:
Butcher45, What kind of recoil do those big bores have?

Sort of like taking the recoil of a .45ACP target load pistol, and putting it into a rifle is the best way I can describe it. Lotsa fun!

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Wow this is pretty awesome stuff this is my first time seeing or hearing about these too. Thumbs up

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first screw velocities when

first screw velocities when your talking about air rifles. The .177 is the least effective air rifle caliber for hunting. The .22 is generally the best caliber for all around hunting. It is an entire millimeter ( 4.5-5.5 mm )bigger and the pellets are almost twice as heavy. To hunt coyote with an airgun use a big bore air rifle. Use the .357 caliber, the .45 or .50 shoot too slow ( were talking about trajectory now ) for a long range shot. ( Keep in mind these big bores can be as loud if not louder than a .22 lr )The .357 Sam Yang Recluse is good. I would try to find someone to give it a super "tune" ( increase power, polish insides, etc. ) to increase the energy from 150 ft.lbs to about 200+ ft.lbs, look for Big Bore Bob he might be able to do it. For a gun out of the box ready use a Benjamin Rouge. It is twice the money, but worth it. It has an LCD display for you to customize the power and fill pressure for your bullet weight. It produces around 190 ft.lbs ( Crosman, who owns Benjamin, exaggerate the velocity of the guns they use lightweight and inaccurate pellets to test for velocity because "speed sells" ) and bullets custom made for it by Nosler. It is also a 6 shot repeater bolt action rifle. The Recluse is a single shot rifle. The Rouge is also much quieter with the Shrouded barrel. If you want a .25 caliber air rifle the Benjamin Marauder is also good. Just adjust the velocity screw to max and adjust the hammer and you have 60+ ft.lbs with 43 grain pellets. By the way these are all PCP/Pre Charged Pneumatic Air Rifles. Which means you need a High Preassue Air pump or a Scuba Tank to fill the gun up or "charge" the rifle.

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