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Old 02-19-2007, 07:30 AM
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How affective is a 20 ga on coyotes, and out to what range?
I have a 24F, and my wife has an old H&R in 20 ga.
I have been using a .243 wssm, but am interested in carrying a shotgun for the ones that run up on us. The brush is thick in some places. Too thick for my scope.
I did try a search before I asked....
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Old 02-19-2007, 08:42 AM
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Rifle would be best. I'd use a 223 -- stretch out a little but won't tear them up
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Old 02-19-2007, 10:47 AM
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are you looking to shoot a slug at the coyote?
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Old 02-19-2007, 10:54 AM
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The 2 most important things to consider are ammo selection,and choke.
I reccomend lead shot from #2-4o buckshot. As far as choke goes,both of the shotguns you listed comes from factory with fixed chokes. get some ammo like I reccomended and pattern them. I would venture to guess at maximum 30-40 yards.

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Old 02-19-2007, 01:20 PM
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Javabird17...Thank you. I do own a .223, and love it. But I am just wondering how effective my shotgun barrel on my 24F is, and should my wife ever join me, is her 20 ga suitable as well.

salty, I do have a small handful of slugs. I have not used them tho.....they were on clearance, and I grabbed a few. They are 2 3/4" 5/8 oz slugs...thoughts?

stalkingbear......Thank you. I will do just that.
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Old 02-20-2007, 12:45 PM
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I have two Savage 24s. One in .222 over 20 ga and one is 30/30 over 20 ga.

I have shot and seen shot three coyotes with BBs from the 20 and all ran off. One I switched to the .222 and nailed him before he got away.

I now have some 20 ga AAAA #3 buck that I think shoud put a coyote down at close range.

When calling "dogs" in bushy areas sometimes the shooting is real close. I normally call with a partner who sits 40 or 60 yards down wind of the caller and gets most of the shooting at coyotes circling to scent the situation.

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Old 02-20-2007, 02:36 PM
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I have two Savage 24s. One in .222 over 20 ga and one is 30/30 over 20 ga.

I have shot and seen shot three coyotes with BBs from the 20 and all ran off. One I switched to the .222 and nailed him before he got away.

I now have some 20 ga AAAA #3 buck that I think shoud put a coyote down at close range.

When calling "dogs" in bushy areas sometimes the shooting is real close. I normally call with a partner who sits 40 or 60 yards down wind of the caller and gets most of the shooting at coyotes circling to scent the situation.

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Thanks Robin.
What is the second guy shooting?
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Old 02-20-2007, 11:17 PM
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The second guy was normally my cousin who also had a Savage 24 in .222 over 20. Sometimes it was my brother with his 30/06 or a 12 ga and BBs

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Old 02-21-2007, 05:31 AM
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The second guy was normally my cousin who also had a Savage 24 in .222 over 20. Sometimes it was my brother with his 30/06 or a 12 ga and BBs

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Thak you for the info.
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Old 02-21-2007, 07:43 PM
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slugs and buckshot work best. u should probably buy in 3" or 3 1/2 if u gun can handle it. i am also starting to hunt coyotes w/ a shotgun. sounds like a lot of fun. for buckshot u can shoot to about 50 yards or maybe even 65 if u have the right combination of chokes, shells, etc. but i wouldn't put on too tight of a choke or the pellets might deform. for slugs u can probably shoot out to 100 yards w/ the rihgt shells. but make sure u nkow where ur bullet is gonna hit if u dont have a scope.
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