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whats the best 12 ga shells to use on coyotes?

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by sing, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. sing

    sing rogue valley New Member

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    like the tittle says, whats the best 12 ga shell to use on coyotes? i take my 223 but i also take a shotgun for those ones that come in from behind you that are darn close when i first spot them or for the runners that come in full speed and dont stop until they are on top of my decoy or call.

    whats your favorite?
     
  2. Nosferatu

    Nosferatu Monroe, WA New Member

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    I used #4 buck in a 3", 1 3/4oz load before and that would take them out at 50-75 yards.
     
  3. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    I use the Federal #4 Buck 3" load with 41 pellets and a light full choke. Seems to work very well.
     
  4. sing

    sing rogue valley New Member

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    thanks for the input. do you think 00 buck is to big?
     
  5. Nosferatu

    Nosferatu Monroe, WA New Member

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    Depends on the load & what range you shoot them at. Are you keeping the pelts? I've shot a few at close range, they made a mess out of the dog & the pelt was scrap.
     
  6. sing

    sing rogue valley New Member

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    good point, i dont want to destroy the pelt.
     
  7. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    Easier for the dogs to find a hole in the 9 pellet 00 pattern at extended ranges also. It's harder for them to get through 41 #4 buck.
     
  8. sing

    sing rogue valley New Member

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    i am going to pick up some #4 buck for my next day out. thanks for all the input.
     
  9. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    It's hard to beat #4, I agree. It's also what I use for my personal house load.
     
  10. Artpro

    Artpro Salem, OR. Artpro Bronze Supporter

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    Even in 2-3/4 inch shell, #4 buckshot will git er done.
     
  11. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    #4 with a patternmaster choke
     
  12. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Good point.What other chokes are used? Barrel length?
    Sorry to thread jack,but other points for your question.