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    Coyote Gun?

    I'm wanting to get into coyote hunting this year and have no real hunting rifle. Anyone have a preference on what rifle they like to use to go coyote hunting? This may be a stupid question, but if I coyote hunt on public land, can you take a rifle? I haven't looked into the legal issues of coyote hunting yet.

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    I use a .223 T/C Contender. Topped with a Simmons 4-12 44mag scope. I use 55 gr. Hornady ammo in the V-Max line. Gonna try the Superformance as I can get some in. Also you can practice with super cheap Wolf ammo in the same weight hollow points. They have shot actually better groups at 100 yards than Hornady, but once you get to 150 they start spreading out. But still plenty accurate. I have not checked Ohio regs, but read them well. Here in TN, we can only hunt coyotes on public land with another open season and them with the type weapon used for that season.
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    i live in fayette county, and the coyotes are bad here. i had a bushmaster ar-15 in .223, i loves that gun, but sadly my father-in-law sold it and i was gone on work and i didnt tell him not to sell the camo one. so .223 is a good choice. and yes you can hunt coyote on public land with a rifle. i usually use my rifle for evening and night hunts during deer season so that the wardens dont think im hunting deer with it. then i use my rifle all year after that. we usually go with 2 or 3 guys sometime more, and have a shotgun and a rifle. hope it helps. if i can get out before returing to work, id be glad to have u come along
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    I use a 243 with 55gr. balistic tips/and my 10ga. with lead BB shot....a shotgun is pretty useful on yotes when you are hunting thick areas were you don't get very long shots
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    in my opinion you cant go wrong with savage. i think they are way ahead of any varmint gun you can get from remington. the accu trigger is by far the way to go and i have the ss 22-250 with fluted barrell and its crazy accurate with 55g vmax bullets. i also have the remington r-15 in 223 and its a real good gun but its not as accurate as my bolt action savage.
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    Easy to understand the regs of rifle use in Ohio.

    It is unlawful for any person to use or hunt with a rifle, pistol, or revolver from October 15 through January 1 during the daylight hours on any lands owned, administered or under agreement with the Division of Wildlife, except when properly used on a designated Division of Wildlife target range or when hunting squirrels with a rimfire rifle, pistol, revolver, or muzzleloading rifle .40 caliber or smaller, or when deer hunting with a muzzleloading rifle or legal pistol or revolver during the youth deer gun season, deer gun season, statewide muzzleloader season, and the early muzzleloader season.

    But, some wildlife areas on state parks have different regs. I was escorted off of West Branch WA by the park ranger and Portage County sherrif for hunting groundhogs with my .17HMR. I had my Ohio reg booklet with me and showed them the above paragraph and ask them to show me where it stated I was in the wrong. The park ranger showed me where it stated that state parks had special regulations and to check with the park office. Funny thing was the statement he showed me was in the waterfowl hunting section. I told him that one can't hunt waterfowl with a rifle anyways.

    Needless to say I lost the argument but did save myself from getting a citation. The park ranger was impressed that I had the regs with me and knew exactly what the regs I had been issued by the state said. He realized that I was convinced that I was unknowingly doing somthing that is not permited on West Branch WA. So beware, no rifles at West Branch.
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    I don'rt hunt them in Ohio, so not sure on the matter of use of rifles,
    CAN SEMI"S BE USED??
    most smaller caliber rifles make for good coyote guns, stick to center fire caliber( no .22's ore .17's) start as low as some of the .204's and go up, bigger caliber, can kill them farther out if you can hit them

    My caliber of choice is the .22/250, but have killed them with many even a .338 ultra mag!

    the .223 is a great caliber if buying a new gun in an ar platform, bulk ammo is out there so you can get to shoot a ton if you like for a lot less than other calibers.
    but if you cannot hunt with a semi, the .223 can be had in plenty of bolt gun, and stilll use that cheap ammo,
    just remember to some of the steel jacketed surplus ammo is hard on chambers so wear will be much faster, even more so on a match chamber in a good bolt gun!

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    Definately go with a .223 or .22-250. Both will do the job with minimal pelt damage.

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    243 with 55gr is 4000+ fps @ the muzzle

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