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for those of you that hunt coyotes with a .308...

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by japcraplover89, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. japcraplover89

    japcraplover89 Orting, Washington Member

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    what grain bullet do you prefer? i just picket up a new .308 because the thought of shooting a .308 at a yotie tickles me pink, but what grain do you use? lightest i can find is 150 grain, and that seems way "overkill" to me. opinions?
     
  2. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Overkill how? Dead is dead........

    Why not shoot a "standard" bullet that can be readily found in "bulk"?

    Also all depends on bullet type. I have 55gr, 5.56 rounds that would do more "damage" then 150gr .30 cal rounds.

    In my .308 bolt gun I have one load and I stick with it. I use the 168gr Combined Technology bullets to hand load.
     
  3. japcraplover89

    japcraplover89 Orting, Washington Member

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    well ive never shot a dog with a .30 cal round of any type, but i DO know that my 22-250 tears em up pretty good, but i prefer the size of that over my .204 because its more of a guaranteed killshot. just wanted to try something new with the .308 but want to maintain velocity over power. i just kind of assumed that a 150g-170g round would do more damage, i guess?
     
  4. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Theres lots of smaller bullets available in .308 Diameter you would just need to load them yourself
     
  5. japcraplover89

    japcraplover89 Orting, Washington Member

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    yeah i know, but i dont reload unfortunately.
     
  6. japcraplover89

    japcraplover89 Orting, Washington Member

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    I saw those on hornadys website, but can't find d anywhere that stocks em. I'd try em out.
     
  7. JustShoot

    JustShoot Oregon . Hillsborito area Active Member

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    Not over kill at all . it all depends on what you have an hand that you like to use & if you want to use .308 win. 'then use it ' .
    I have popped them with 175's all the way down to 125's . Try the .30 cal. 125 Speer TNT's . I really like them and they also do great out a .30-221/300blk also on coyotes .

    what makes you decide you cant use anything less than 150 grn weight out your .308 ??
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  8. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    LOL - unless you are selling the pelts I wouldn't worry about weight. I'm thinking of using the 210gr SMK or 210 gr VLDs out of a 300 win mag for a change of pace. Still like the 69gr SMKs or 55gr Vmax in 223 for closer in but figured out at 700+ the 300 WM or even the 308 should do the job.
     
  9. japcraplover89

    japcraplover89 Orting, Washington Member

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    I didn't mean to say that a 150g or 168g round couldn't be used, I just assumed they'd do more damage than a 100-120g. Also. A bullet in that grain range will probably be considerably faster and flatter. I would actually like to try and tan a hide. Not necessarily sell them, but id like to have one that is worth looking at lol
     
  10. JustShoot

    JustShoot Oregon . Hillsborito area Active Member

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    yes for sure faster vel. and small weight is explosive especially the v-max or the sierra varminters . the real light weight .30 weight really drop off fast on the energy though after a just a coupe hundred yards, like the 110 grain weight . I used to shoot a lot of the 110 v-max and sierra but I like the 125 weight like the speer or a little heavier now for coyote in .30 cal. .

    If I have my perfect coyote Cal. it would be in a 6mm variety, but in a .308 win. cal. I think for me around here I would run the 125 speer tnt's .
    I have easy got the 155's vld's & scenars to run consistent accurate over 3000 fps Vel., in the .308 with a longer tube . So the 125's if taken to even close to there potential would be pretty badass in there energy and easy holdovers for longer down range hits . easy get 3300 vel, or even more out them no problem . The 125 speers are not to explosive and do a good job on coyotes even when slowed down to low 2400 vel.
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  11. Cameron72

    Cameron72 Harrington, WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Speer 110 gr soft nose hollow point on Marmot.
     
  12. d2the3

    d2the3 Eugene, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    My buddy shot this one. 180gr. Nosler left a big old hole! Not good for the pelt. But as stated above "Dead is dead"
    Through the chest and out the middle of the back
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  13. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Well.... Here's my opinion. I am a all star shooter on the deer, and everything else. Then there's the yotes... Those bastards own my azz. I suck at killing them. Like bad!
    So in my crappy shooting opinion, I'd have a caliber that doesn't kick so hard that you have a hard time resighting on the dog!!
    BUT.. Second shots on a dog are usually a prayer shot....
    In regards to the .308, heavy enough to cut the wind, but not any heavier.
    But I could be wrong, cause I suck at dogs.
     
  14. winmag

    winmag Hillsboro New Member

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    Shoot whichever .308 bullet is most accurate in your rifle. Coyotes are small targets at any range....but seem to get a LOT smaller out past 100 yards.
     
  15. doobee8

    doobee8 Salem, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Hornady .308 Win TAP 110gr might be the ticket.
     
  16. 44mag2ndamend

    44mag2ndamend Round the ole tree stump, Down by the crick Well-Known Member

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    That would be fun blasting yotes out at 700! I figure that would be mighty sporting!