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Location: new brunswick
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BEST CALIBER FOR COYOTES?

thought i'd see what everyone's opinion will be on this. i know theres the new .17 and .204. i'm guessing most will say that either the 22-250 or the 223. theres also the 220 swift. personally i perfer the 22 -250, and yes its a bit strong and damages fur but i'm not fur hunting,i'm just helpin out the deer. never was much of a 223 fan. as far as i'm concerned it dont hold a candle to the 22 250 or the 220swifts Thumbs up

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Location: Nova Scotia
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I use either my 220 swift or my 6mm rem. Both are very accurate and I don't really have a preference on one or the other. The 6mm anchors them faster but makes a bigger hole in the pelt.

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ya but here in new brunswick its .223 or smaller for varmit. were not allowed to go higher then the .223 so the 6mm is out of the question. are you allowed the 6mm in nova scotia?

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We have no restrictions on coyote (after deer seaon) as far as caliber but small game is restricted to .22 cal rifles which makes the .220 swift a good choice then.

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up here now once your deer tag has been filled you can only hunt with a 223 or smaller or a shotgun with birdshot. and the varmit license is the exact same sad

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Location: Canada
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I use a .222 Rem. most of the time. When it gets too long or the wind is blowing i use a .25-06.

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Location: Lyttleton, NB, Canada
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I hunt for fur and I handload. Started out many years ago with a 222 with 50gr Nosler BT's. Blew big holes through coyotes...lots of sewing. Then I went to 40gr BT's just after they hit the market....they worked pretty good so long as I didn't hit big bones but fragments would still exit. Then, through a trade, I acquired a TC Encore in 223. Started shooting Speer 50gr TNT's at max. Not bad...very few exits....but splashed on shoulder shots. All these above cartridges are compromises. I used to be a huge Remmy 700 fan but my Encore has become a good friend....heck of a rifle....so much so that I bought a 17 Remington barrel for 'yotes. And I'm not looking back. The 17 Rem loaded with 25gr Bergers is, in my opinion, THE PERFECT fur round for coyotes, fox, and cats. I used to pass on fox and cats(when I had a tag) when calling...now I don't. And the stories about fouling are hogwash....my barrel will shoot 50-60 rds into a half inch without cleaning.

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Location: new brunswick
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are you seeing any cats around or what? i seen some last few yrs on the fraser burchill rd but i hear theres alot up bluestone redstone area.

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I have used both the .22-250 and the .220 Swift a lot in the past. I now use a heavy barrel Sako .222 Remington with .40 grain hollow points from Wildcat Bullets in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Small entrance, never an exit.

If it is long shooting and/or windy conditions I switch to my .25-06 and 100 grain bullets.

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Location: new brunswick
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i aint huntin for the fur so the 22 250 puts a nice hole in them little bastards.

P.S. SAVE A DEER....SHOOT A YOTE!! Evil!

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Location: Lyttleton, NB, Canada
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Last winter I snared a cat and called in three, one of which was a lynx. All were up on the crossover between Acadia and Mullin Stream. The cat I snared was huge....42lbs on my scales! When I turned in the carcass to DNR one of the Rangers weighed it (you can prob guess which Ranger it was) at 38lbs! Then he asked to see the pelt to make sure it wasn't a lynx.

The pelt went into the Feb. NAFA sale and made Top Lot for the sale. Found out later that the Top Lot of cat pelts was bought by a high end fur house in Moscow.....pretty neat.

And by the way....hunter's with big cartridges are usually trying to make up for other shortcomings Laugh Laugh Laugh .

Makwa, are you loading down those 40gr Wildcats to achieve no exits? Or do they work well at max speeds?

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