Top Five Coyote Rifles

Coyote hunting requires a level of stealth on par with the quarry, the patience of an oak tree, and the right equipment dialed to precision. You’ll have to develop those first two essentials by trial and error, but selecting the right rifle has never been easier and the options have never been more specialized. With a focus on calibers and features as to why they stand out in the world of predator-hunting firearms, here are the best of the best rifles for coyote hunting.

Mossberg Patriot Predator Bolt-Action Rifle (.243 Winchester)

Chambered in the multipurpose and ubiquitous .243 Winchester, the Mossberg Patriot Predator Bolt Action provides an excellent balance of, portability, range, and power—all of which are crucial in predator hunting. The Patriot Predator’s features include a five-round detachable magazine and an adjustable trigger. But perhaps its most notable attribute is its weight—or lack thereof. Thanks to a fluted (and threaded) 22-inch barrel and synthetic stock, the rifle tips the scales at only 6.5 pounds, making it an ideal companion for hunters who measure their hikes in multiple miles. The Mossberg Patriot Predator chambered in .243 is tough, capable, and versatile. While it will easily anchor song dogs, it’s also perfectly adequate for deer, hogs, and other game. Also, a box of .243 rounds can be found almost anywhere.

Ruger 77/22 Bolt-Action Rifle (.22 Hornet)

The Ruger 77/22 rifle, chambered in .22 Hornet, is specifically designed for coyote hunters who value stealth. With a barrel measuring 18.5 inches and weighing a feathery 6 pounds, the Ruger 77/22 is easy to pack, easy to shoulder, and deadly accurate. Boasting a stable scope mount integrated into the solid-steel receiver, the rifle’s construction includes a heat-treated alloy and stainless steel action complemented by a stainless steel bolt with a 90-degree lift and quick lock time. Teamed with its cold hammer-forged barrel for precision rifling ensures remarkable accuracy, durability, and simplifies maintenance. Coyote hunting with a Ruger 77/22 in .22 hornet means you’ve got the tool to get close to coyotes while inflicting maximum lethality and minimal pelt damage.

Browning X-Bolt Speed Bolt-Action Rifle (6.5 PRC)

If you’re searching for the ultimate long-range coyote buster, the Browning X-Bolt Speed spitting the 6.5 PRC is an outstanding choice. The excellence of the cartridge is right there in the name—Precision Rifle Cartridge—and it was designed for flattened trajectory, resistance to wind drift, and exceptional accuracy. Pairing this round with the elegant efficiency of Browning’s X-bolt Speed is almost unfair. Featuring a 24-inch fluted, Cerakote bronze-coated barrel with a muzzle brake as well as a synthetic stock finished in OVIX camo pattern, the X-Bolt Speed is not only effective but also aesthetically pleasing. The rifle’s 60-degree bolt-throw and adjustable feather trigger ensure precision and ease of use, even in the most challenging conditions.

Savage MSR 15 Overwatch Recon 2.0 (.223 Rem/5.56 NATO)

The Savage MSR 15 Overwatch Recon 2.0 has revolutionized long-range shooting with AR-15 style rifles. Matching it with either .223 Rem or 5.56 NATO rounds turns it into a revolutionary coyote killer. This rifle is ideal for scenarios where quick follow-up shots might be necessary or multiple targets are present. The Savage MSR 15 Overwatch Recon 2.0 brings enhanced features to the modern sporting rifle realm. Decked out in Mossy Oak Overwatch camouflage on both its upper and custom-forged lower, this rifle is engineered for reliability with its unique gas block, nut, and straight tube. Notably, it accommodates both .223 Rem. and 5.56x45mm ammo, thanks to its 223 Wylde target chamber. The versatility and advanced engineering of the Savage MSR 15 make it a top choice for modern coyote hunters who enjoy the look and functionality of a modern firearm.

Ruger American Predator (.22-250)

The Ruger American Predator in .22-250 is a favorite among hunters who require a high-performance, long-distance rifle. This is a screaming-fast round (up to 3,800 FPS) with pancake trajectory, making it a top choice for long-range shots. Ruger’s American Predator is designed for precision and ease of use. It features a one-piece, three-lug bolt with a 70-degree throw, ensuring clear scope space and smooth cycling. The rifle’s Power Bedding system and free-floating barrel guarantee exceptional accuracy. Key features include a Ruger Marksman adjustable trigger, a cold hammer-forged barrel, and a tang safety.

Choosing the right rifle for coyote hunting requires an assessment of needs depending on where and how you hunt, as well as a thorough understanding of each firearm’s strengths and weaknesses. The rifles listed here offer a range of options to suit different hunting styles and environments. Whether you prefer long-range precision shots or up-close encounters requiring stealth and maneuverability, there’s a rifle to meet your coyote hunting needs. Remember, the key to successful hunting lies not only in your skill and patience but also in choosing equipment that complements your hunting style and the environment in which you hunt.