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What do you think is better for coyote hunting 17 HMR or a 30/06?

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  • #16
    The first coyote I ever shot was with a 150 gr. '06 and there was not much left. I prefer .17 Rem or .22-.250.

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    • #17
      The 17 HMR is a little small in terms of bullet weight.

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      • #18
        30/06

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        • #19
          The .17 HMR is a too light to consistently drop a coyote with one shot. The .30-'06 is a versatile and decisive coyote cartridge with 110 and 125-grain bullets (or with whatever bullet your rifle groups accurately). No question, the .30-'06 is more than adequate and has all the accuracy potential in a good rifle that you'd require, but surely you can find some middle ground in a cartridge that is better suited to coyotes. We're discussing a creature that weighs 25-40 lbs., depending on its location and environment. The .223, .22-250 and .243 Win, which have already been recommended, would be much better choices.

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          • #20
            same as texasfirst

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            • #21
              If you don't care about pelt damage, use the '06. It's a bit overkill, but. I personally think the .17 is too light though i know many disagree with me(used to that). Great excuse to buy another rifle. For longer ranges the 22-250 or .243 are perfect for coyotes, as is a 25-06

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              • #22
                id go with the odd 6 but i shoot a .243 and kill coyotes, and last year i shot my first buck with the same .243 i shoot an 80 grain soft tip winchester

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                • #23
                  My brother in law has had very bad results with the 17hmr on coyote and he is an excellent shot and a very good hunter. He tells me that short range chest center shots are chancy at even 35 yards. I have had very little experience with this round. To answer your question, 30-06.

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                  • #24
                    If you only have those two rifles, go for the .30-06. There's no such thing as too dead. But if you're in the market for a new gun, .223 is your best bet.

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                    • #25
                      Definitely the 30-06!!!

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                      • #26
                        30-06, but try a caliber with more accuracy and range.

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