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i was wondering if anyone has used a 25-06 ( 25 ot 6)on a coyote before? and if so how was the pelt damage? im thinkning about using my 25-06 instead of my 22 mag because i have been seening them at about 200 yards. If anyone has any info please share.
 
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I'm going to a .243 next year for Coyotes. Lost three with my .17 this year. Probably use a soft point bullet. The 25.06 is a nice caliber to reach out far.
 

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I would definately switch to the 25. A pa yote is hard enough to come by as it is, better off to use something that's gonna put em down without question. I have my 257 wby zeroed at 200 yards, and at 100yds and 50 yards it is 1/2" high and it kills like lightning. Your 25-06 would be no different
 
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.17 Rem. Fireball which is much more powerful than the .17HMR and .17 Hornet but not the .17 Remington. If I had to do it over again I might get a .17 Remington. I want a .223 some day but even that doesn't give me the warm fuzzies for shooting a coyote. Guess the .22-.250 is the way to go but I'm partial to the versatility of the .243 so that is what it will be next winter for coyote only hunts.
 

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Shot a few with mine 100gr. BT's worked great. Dead right there. Holes weren't that bad. Last one was at 250yrds. base of neck out behind the blade. Size of a half dollar. Average. Worst was one in Wyoming caught opposite shoulder, hole about baseball size.
 

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Iv read the 25 is a great choice for long range coyote hunting. A 223 kills a coyote clean dead though, if I were hunting coyotes only a 25 or 243 would be great. I only use a 204 becuase I hunt fox and coon aswell. That 25 will absolutly destroy a fox.
 

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swpa87 said:
Iv read the 25 is a great choice for long range coyote hunting. A 223 kills a coyote clean dead though, if I were hunting coyotes only a 25 or 243 would be great. I only use a 204 becuase I hunt fox and coon aswell. That 25 will absolutly destroy a fox.

I have to disagree with that. When it comes to damage it is about bullet construction, and shot placement. A fox or coyote hide doesn't have enough resistance to cause a heavy bullet to expand rapidly resulting in nice quarter sized exit holes. If you dont hit heavy bone you're good. I've shot fox with my 270win 204 ruger and 257 wby mag with good results.. 204 ruger pinhole in no exit or else a splash on bone hits. 270 and 257 pinhole in quarter sized exit.

Here are a couple 204 kills


here is a kill with my rem model 700 mountain rifle chambered in .270 win loaded with sierra 130 gr spitzers at 2900 fps hit behind the shoulder and clearly no damage
 

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My buddy shot a grey fox late afternoon this fall the first time he came out with me.... He used a 22-250 and the was large chunks of fox flying, open the whole stomach and everything was hanging there. But he shoots 50gr vmax.
 

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see i think that has to due with an explosive bullet at high velocity but the bullet still has a solid base that keeps in tact. Your talking a 50 gr bullet at probably 3500 fps.. that is explosive and A 204 is capable of the same thing with certain bullets Now if you push a 130 gr bullet at 3000 fps there isnt enough resistance from the hide to open up such a big heavy bullet.
 

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I use a 25-06 with bipod and a 3-12 x 50mm scope, killed 1 coyote running across a field at 125yrds during deer rifle season couple yrs ago. 1st shot opened his gut up and it just twirled around in circles, 2nd shot took out his spine and life lol oh, i was using core lokts 100gr
 
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