Subscribe to Outdoor Life
Get 1 Year for Only $10
» Where to Buy
Predators & Small Game
Im starting to coyote hunt in February till season ends in March here where i live and right now all i have is a shotgun. What loads is best to use to take down coyotes? What about slugs? Thanks
I would go with a Hornady SST slug they cost a little more then other slugs but shoot just like a rifle and will give you lots of range.
I assume you are shooting a 12 gauge screw in choke full or extra? Patternmaster makes one of the best extended choke tubes made for buckshot. Get you a mojo critter as it keeps the yotes attention off of you at close range. Set it up around 50 yards from your stand location and try to keep it upwind of you. Good Luck!!
I've killed about 50 deer clean dead with buckshot in Louisiana so this is speaking from experience. I like the Strangler choke made in Winnfield La, its great with buckshot. I dont use anything less than 3 inch magnum and prefer 3.5 in in 10 and 12 guage with 18 00 buck which is hell on coyotes too. 50 to 60 yards no problem, if you can clearly see their eye they are in range.
My dad and I both reload our own shot shells. A couple years ago my dad was up north huckle berry picking with my sister and they encountered a bear. They were able to back out of the situation pretty easily, but my dad was still pretty shaken. When he got home he commenced to loading a "bear load" which was two 45 calliber balls with #4 filling the voids. I was sceptical but after testing a few shells through a modified choke, we found that a 80 yards the two balls only hit two inches apart consistantly. I am still not sure about this load but my dad still uses it.
Fifty, sixty...eighty yards with 00 buckshot? Sounds like a long shot for a few little round balls which only start at 1250 fps. and loose velocity/energy quickly...
Funny this should come up after this weekend. I wounded a Coyote with buckshot on the run at 50 yards. Lets not talk about the miss at 30 yards, ok? I used my normal 28" vent rib barrel on my 870 w/ a modified choke. I couldn't find my turkey choke which would have been better. I Didn't find him so make sure they are in close for that. I am in the market for a .243 lefty so that I can take longer shots because I had another one come in later in the day and he hung up at 80 yards, too far for the shotgun but easy pickins for a rifle.
In this months issue of outdoor Life theres an ad for the "Dog Pounder" choke tube from Flambeaus Outdoors.Using BB to 00 Buck it garanties 100% of all pellets within a 30" circle up to 80 yards.
sounds like good medicine for brushy hill country yote hunts.
It depends on the gun and the load, but coyotes are very seldom still for long so I would prefer buckshot. I have owned a couple of full choke twelve gauges that were lethal to seventy yards on a broadside coyote with 00 buck. One gun with a improved choke was about a thirtyfive yard killer at most. The 00 was a buffered remington load with twelve pellets. Out of my mossberg pump and full choke it would put them all in a 15" circle at forty yards but very few guns pattern the way it did.
I like t-shot, just regular steel t. I consistently kill coyotes at 65 yards. 2 things though, the right choke and shot location. with t shot u have to hit them from the front or a good broadside shot. Past 65 to 70 yards I just use my rifle. Good luck.
Your question hinges upon range. If you are looking at shots 25 yards and closer, go with buckshot. Buckshot provides incredible lethality in close, but is ineffective much farther out.
Slugs will increase your range in an un-rifled shotgun out to about 100 yards.
If I had to chose one, I would most likely go with a slug... but there is something to be said for a facefull of buckshot in close. Nasty.
Whatever you do, just make sure you kill coyotes. I like 'em better that way.
Outdoorlife.com is part of the Field & Stream Network, a division of Bonnier Corporation.
Copyright © 2014 Bonnier Corp. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.