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What size shot, choke for coyote?

I'm in NC. The land I deer hunt on has a good number of coyote, lots of scat and tracks. It is made up of several-year-old-cutovers with planted pines and older pine thickets. During bow season I have seen coyote trailing deer a few times but never had the opportunity to connect....the buggers see me even when the deer don't. If we still live in this area come first of the year I want to give 'em a try while the fur is still decent. Given the close-up nature of the enviroment I was going to try hunting them from a tree stand using a combo of bait and calling but using a shotgun instead of a rifle. Not knowing what to try first I bought Winchester 3-1/2" "00" buck (only 3-1/2" 12ga. buckshot I found at Bass Pro) and put a .690" choke tube in my turkey gun. With either #4's or #6's this gun with a very tight choke is great out to 50 yards on turkeys. Haven't patterned it with the buckshot/.690" combo yet but will.

What have you who have hunted coyote with shotguns found to be the most reliable killer ammo/choke-wise? Is it reasonable to try for 50 yards?

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What size shot, choke for coyote?

http://www.biggamehunt.net/node/26958

See this thread - I think it might help

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What size shot, choke for coyote?

Thanks for the lead on the thread. Sounds like the "00" that I picked up is in the right direction. I will check out Cabela's web site/catalog for it. I will pattern today at 50 yards but am still curious about effect on a coyote out that far. Is there a way to predict penetration with a shotgun? Newspapers?

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What size shot, choke for coyote?

i have taken coyotes and foxes out to 45 yards with #2 20 gauge Vital-Shok buckshot and a full choke. there are 18 pellets per shot, and usually 11-13 lodged in the head and neck when i get to the coyote. if i can do that at 45 yards with a 3" 20 gauge, im sure you can do it with a 3 1/2" twelver.

PS: on the penetration, i bet you can find a vid on youtube or something of buck on ballistic gelatin

Joined: 01/03/2009
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What size shot, choke for coyote?

i have taken coyotes and foxes out to 45 yards with #2 20 gauge Vital-Shok buckshot and a full choke. there are 18 pellets per shot, and usually 11-13 lodged in the head and neck when i get to the coyote. if i can do that at 45 yards with a 3" 20 gauge, im sure you can do it with a 3 1/2" twelver.

PS: on the penetration, i bet you can find a vid on youtube or something of buck on ballistic gelatin

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