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I'm thinking about hunting predators with my uncle like fox,bobcats and coyotes. I have a 7mm with 130 grain winchester and a 22

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  • I'm thinking about hunting predators with my uncle like fox,bobcats and coyotes. I have a 7mm with 130 grain winchester and a 22

    I'm thinking about hunting predators with my uncle like fox,bobcats and coyotes. I have a 7mm with 130 grain winchester and a 22. with 50 grain bullets they are both equipped with medium powered scopes. Which should i use and my maximum range would be about 200 yards where i hunt. P.S. Do you think i could use my 7mm with my 130 grain bullets for black bear hunting?

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    Is it a 7mm-08 or 7mm rem mag?

    A 7mm rem mag is way more than needed for yotes. A 7mm mag could be used for all north american big game. Some folks may say its a little to light for the big bears (grizzly, brown, polar) but it still could be used. Many of the elk and moose hunters I know use a 7mm rem mag.

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    • #3
      I would say yes,they will take the coyote down for sure,and bears.

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      • #4
        Yes it's fine for black bears. I'd go with a slighly heavier bullet though, if it were me.

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        • #5
          For either 7mm, a tough 140 grain bullet under 200 yards will be dandy for black bears. Trophy Bonded Bear Claw and Barnes TSX would be great choices.

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          • #6
            The .22 would be good for the small game. And the 7mm would be more than enough for the bear.

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            • #7
              If you are walking a lot and care about the pelts. carry the .22 coyote hunting over the 7mm. It'll be a lot lighter and cause less damage. Otherwise the 7mm will take care of business very well.

              My guess is that you will be hunting black bear over bait. Take the scope off (if the barrel has fixed sights) the 7mm and buy a heavy jacketed bullet for bear.

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              • #8
                The 7MM with a 130 is plenty although overkill for preditors but it is flat shooting and therefore good for longer range shots and for running animals. I never shoot at coyotes with a .22 any more. I tried that a few times when I was a kid and discovered you too often just cripple them... they are too tough for it. I shot one three times in the chest at 30 yards and tracked him a mile before losing him. I know that it defies logic but they are just too tough for a .22. I'm sure they eventually die but it not a good thing for a clean kill. Your 130 grain will certainly do a job on a black bear but you would be better off using a little bigger bullet. Remember that if you hit it in the heart, it will be dead with anything out of a 7mm Rem.

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                • #9
                  What 22 are you talking about? A centerfire maybe? The rimfire doesn't come with a 50 gr. bullet unless you're talking about the 22 Mag.. Straighten me out on this.

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                  • #10
                    The 7mm will work for pretty much anything in the U.S. It is bigger than what I like to use for Coyotes but I am not sure if I would want to take any 200 yard shot with a .22 rimfire.

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                    • #11
                      Guys i'm sorry i checked the box and the bullets for my 7mm are 150 grain silvertips by winchester so those would put down a bear real good , but ill have to buy a little lighter ammo for coyotes.

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                      • #12
                        I would not recomend the .22 for coyotes. If your not going after the fur overkill is not an issue! Even a coyote deserves a quick kill.Fox and bobcats will also soak up a .22 round and clear out in my opinion.I have no experience with bear.

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                        • #13
                          So mr. uwurst what do you think i should use for coyotes? and yes i would like a good coyote or bobcat pelt for a rug.

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                            Yes!

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                              Yes!

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