Advice for shotgunning coyotes
Posted 04 January 2012 - 08:43 PM
Posted 04 January 2012 - 09:40 PM
Posted 04 January 2012 - 10:08 PM
Posted 04 January 2012 - 10:27 PM
Posted 04 January 2012 - 10:36 PM
Isnt that the whole purpose of patterning? To see what the pattern looks like at different distances, and to see at what distance your pattern goes to crap?
What distance do you usually pattern out to? 25 and 50 yards?
Posted 05 January 2012 - 06:20 PM
Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:58 PM
Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:41 PM
Posted 06 January 2012 - 09:01 AM
40 yards is the distance most people check their patterns at. If you have a good pattern at 40 yards you should be good to go if you are using lead BBs, lead number 4 buckshot or tungsten BBs, tungsten T shot or tungsten number 4 buckshot.If you find a choke and load that patterns good at 40 yards pattern that same choke and load at 50 yards to see how it looks.I try not to shoot my shotgun at coyotes over 40 yards away even though some of the number 4 buckshot loads and tungsten loads will kill coyotes at farther distances.While using a shotgun on coyotes if you shoot a coyote and it is still moving keep shooting it until it stops moving. Coyotes are very tough animals and they can jump up and take off running when you thought they were dead.
I guess my question should have been " How far out do you usually use a shotgun?" Like I said in the first post, I don't know much about shotgun hunting. Sorry if I used the wrong terminology.Thanks for your help though.
Posted 06 January 2012 - 09:30 AM
This>I'd look for a nice even pattern between 30-40 yards.Something to remember as well; try not to get too stuck on max ranges. First off most people cannot tell the difference between 40 and 50 yards in the short time frame usually offered with a fast moving coyote. Unlike a rifle where a 50 yard shot or a 100 yard shot are basically the same thing, the difference between say a 30 yard shot gun blast (usually lethal) vs a 50 yarder (questionable) is huge...it's only 20 yards but the difference is a lot.Shotguns are made for up close work...they work good for that. They are unreliable anchor shots after 40 yards. Chasing down wounded animals isn't fun or cool.
While using a shotgun on coyotes if you shoot a coyote and it is still moving keep shooting it until it stops moving. Coyotes are very tough animals and they can jump up and take off running when you thought they were dead.
Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:00 AM
Posted 06 January 2012 - 05:50 PM
Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:11 PM
Posted 06 January 2012 - 06:53 PM
I love how that distance is only about 10 feet.
You just can't kill the bad guys at distance with a shotgun.
Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:31 PM
Reminds me of when I got my first real gun and asked dad how far away I could kill a pheasant with my 20ga. I was so pissed when he told me "less than the distance between telephone poles". I waited all those years and still had a gun that had no more range than a good pellet rifle, and it rattled my teeth to boot. That all faded away once I saw how much fun fast moving targets were though.
What tawnoper said. Come on you guys have played Call of Duty and such video games. You just can't kill the bad guys at distance with a shotgun. It works the same way in the field shooting coyotes. Otherwise you'd be benchrest shooting your shotgun at ground squirrels and prairie dogs.
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