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.22 LR for coyotes, foxes and bobcats?

Old 11-27-2006, 01:18 PM
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Default .22 LR for coyotes, foxes and bobcats?

I have a 22 Long Rifle with a scope. I was curious if I could use that to hunt coyotes, foxes and bobcats efficiently?


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Old 11-27-2006, 02:44 PM
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Default RE: .22 LR for coyotes, foxes and bobcats?

hunt them? yes. efficiently? NO. too small oo efficiently take them. plus with a .22 lr you limit your range into within 50 yards. so why not use a shotgun at this distance. try atleast a .22 mag or a .22 centerfire of some kind (.223 .22-250). shotgun works great for close range tho.
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Old 11-27-2006, 07:56 PM
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It will work, but you've got to get close and hitting them in the head never hurts. It would be better if you could use a shotgun, .22 mag, or 17 hmr.
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Old 11-28-2006, 04:26 PM
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Default RE: .22 LR for coyotes, foxes and bobcats?

the first coyote I shot, back in 78 or 79, was with a 22lr. I was actually rabbit hunting around our farm when he came running by. It was a snow day from school, so I was hunting. BUT anyways, I shot 3 times at the coyote as he went by at about 50 yards. It never once showed any signs of being hit, but I got on it's tracks to follow it, hoping to get more shots at it. I had tracked it a couple hundred yards when I came upon it....dead. Not one drop of blood in the snow to show it was even hit. I'd guess I hit it in the lungs.
Moral of story, the 22lr will kill a coyote, BUT effectively, NO! Unless of course the coyote is in a trap and you're using the 22lr to kill it! I find most guys can't center punch the head most times, so even to say "head shots only" isn't practical on called coyotes!
Fox and bobcat arn't as tough, BUT even on them, I'd suggest something with a little more punch!
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Old 12-15-2006, 08:03 AM
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You would have to be close. I have a .223 and it works well
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