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I am getting more and more into fox and coyote trapping. I usually hunt them with a .22 Hornet, however that is a heavier over/under that I would rather not carry while running a trapline. I am looking at suggestions as to what caliber I should carry to ensure quick dispatch of a coyote, but not severe damage to a fox. I have a .22 LR/.22 mag revolver that I am considering carrying. Should I set it up to carry .22 mags?

Thank you in advance for any advice.
 

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I use 22 shorts
 

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Berky said:
Why shoot them at all?
Because i'm not into the way you guys do it!!
 

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While I have not trapped in years because of living the apartment life now I would carry my .22 mag. lever gun with a scope and my Ruger single six with .22 shorts. Handgun for dispatch and close range small game and rifle for a little more reach. We didn't have coyotes here when I trapped but pretty sure a well placed mag. would do the trick. It wouldn't tear stuff up either.
 

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For both fox and coyote, Remington Subsonic 22LR Hollow Point. Not expensive come in a 100 pack, 1050fps, cycle well out of mag from a rifle, really expand in the skull.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1601383...ad-hollow-point

Mostly use these for fox, coon, CCI Quiet 22LR, 710 fps, just a pop. I've killed plenty of yotes with them but had one only stunned and found it alive when I went to get it out of the back of the Subaru wagon, carried it quite a ways over my shoulder too, what a story when I got home seeing it sitting in the back. I don't use them anymore on coyote.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/927185/cci-quiet-ammunition-22-long-rifle-40-grain-lead-round-nose
 

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Standard .22 LR is fine for coyotes for dispatch. If worried about the skull, double lung them, be sure they are dead before taking from trap. Look for dilated pupils ( really big black), and touch the eyelids. If there is eyelid movement it's still alive.

Obviously ok for fox too. Def for coon to have a gun. Easy to carry is a revolver. Get a decent holster. If you don't have an LTCF, you need a sportsman permit IIRC.
 

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foxtrapperwoman said:
Standard .22 LR is fine for coyotes for dispatch. If worried about the skull, double lung them, be sure they are dead before taking from trap. Look for dilated pupils ( really big black), and touch the eyelids. If there is eyelid movement it's still alive.

Obviously ok for fox too. Def for coon to have a gun. Easy to carry is a revolver. Get a decent holster. If you don't have an LTCF, you need a sportsman permit IIRC.
wish a .22 would work for possum XD lil buggers are bulletproof sometimes
 

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Standard velocity 22 works. Shorts and CB's don't always do it. CB's through the ear canal will, but my god do they bleed like crazy that way.
 

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<span style="font-style: italic">f) .22 caliber or less rimfire required for furbearers. When using a firearm only a rimfire rifle or handgun .22 caliber or less may be used to dispatch legally trapped furbearers during the regular or special firearms deer seasons. </span>
 
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