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Old 05-04-2019, 08:59 AM
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Well although yotes are in season year round in Tennessee i don't start chasing them till October. In Tennessee we have to use rimfires during bow season so i have had a 22 mag in the inventory since 1991. Prior to that I used dad's. In West Tennessee in the area's I have to hunt it is mostly hardwood forrest and small fields so most of my shots don't exceed 75 yards. The old 22mag has served me well. The very first one i had was a Savage 24 (22m over a 20 guage). I only had it a year or two and traded it. Got a Marlin 25MN in 91 and put a 4X scope on it . This was my first official yote gun. Sold it and bought a Brno ZKM611 auto which is still in the inventory. Bought a CZ452 Varmint in the early 2000's and last year I bought a Ruger Predator . You just can't have too many 22 mags. Only 5 months!!!!!!
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Old 05-20-2019, 02:34 AM
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No replies yet? Good to hear of your experiences with the .22 mag. Lots of guys here shoot them with good results as long as you're not trying to be target rifle accurate. I had a Savage 24 and see why you traded it off. I also had a Marlin 25MN and it shot well. Had a Savage 93FV and Ruger American in .22 mag. I'd like to be able to hunt coyotes up here. Never see them except when they run across the road.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:06 AM
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You've had quite the eclectic mix of 22 mags. I don't know about never too many but you're still well short of that number. I use mine mostly for groundhogs but wish I had the opportunity to get some coyotes as well. Enjoy your hunt, and the 5 month wait will give you plenty of target practice time.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:42 AM
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Now's the time to get a fawn bleating mouth call as its the beginning of fawn hatching time here in the Upper Peninsula of Mich.. shick-shick
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Old 06-02-2019, 07:35 PM
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Now's the time to get a fawn bleating mouth call as its the beginning of fawn hatching time here in the Upper Peninsula of Mich.. shick-shick
Yes, anytime you get a shot at a coyote is a good time to shoot!
They do a lot of damage.
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Old 06-02-2019, 09:08 PM
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I bought a CZ 512M a couple of weeks ago, and it's looking pretty good so far. It seems to favor Hornady 30s by a slim margin over the 40gr. CCI offerings, but not by much. I've got a stainless RAR that is about the same.

If you'd asked me two years ago, I was pretty sour on the WMR, due to a poor-performing 455 barrel, but I stuck with it, trying a couple of other options. I'm glad I did. I kinda like them, now.

Those BRNO ZKM 611s are worth some coin now. Last time I checked on gunbroker, they were going for nearly $1500! They are a lot better looking than my 512, but I sure like the handling.

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Old 10-12-2019, 10:36 AM
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I posted this in the CZ section but it my work here also.

I moved to the SW and have more opertunities for fox, cats, and jacks but wanted enough for a coyote if he came in.

I was up in NV last week at the Predator masters convention and took the CZ-445 22 Mag to do a little preseason coyote hunting with it. It worked great, I think it will see a lot of action this winter. Not quite the smack of my 222 Rem or 22-204 but is really pelt friendly especially for the fox and cats.



CZ-455 Varmint in 22 Mag with Burris 4X 1.5-6x40mm with Illuminated Dot, Winchester 40gr Jacketed HP's
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Old 10-12-2019, 12:58 PM
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We have pretty much always used 222, 22-250 or 220 swift but the 223 is taking over. My buddies that go to those Varmint hunts and compete pretty much shoot tricked out AR's in 223 with thermal scopes. A lot of money invested compared to an old centerfire or 22mag.
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The Predatormasters Convention isn't a competition hunt just a gathering of predator hunters from all over the country for dinners, discussions, seminars and informal hunts, no counts, weigh ins or prizes for killing coyotes. I meet my nephew(from another state) there a few days early and we hunt together and camp out while attending the convention. I'm usually experimenting with different calibers, bullets and scope combinations. This year while attending I killed coyotes with the 22 Mag, Marlin 1894 CL in 218 Bee, German drilling in 16ga/16ga/6.5x58R Sauer and 22-250 with an old B&L Balvar 8.

Last year it was a 25-204, 6x45mm bolt action, 222 Rem Sako Mannlicher. and took out two hunters that have never killed a coyote and called in multiple coyotes for them and got them thoroughly hooked on predator hunting.

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Old 10-17-2019, 11:02 AM
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I hunt Yotes in Georgia, generally in the off season. Difficult to get long shots unless you are set up on a pasture, pipeline or powerline. I usually hunt them on our deer lease which is wooded. Difficult hunting, but shots are generally close. I use a Foxpro and have taken them with both a .22 mag and a .17 HMR.

The .22 mag has more anchoring power than the HMR and I trust it inside of 100 yds. They still spin and run, but can usually be recovered. Shot placement is key. I also have a couple of ARs that are suitable, but I enjoy the challenge of calling them close and prefer the .22 mag.

That said, I have take more Yotes incidentally while deer hunting than anything else. .270 is very effective.
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I posted this in the CZ section but it my work here also.

I moved to the SW and have more opertunities for fox, cats, and jacks but wanted enough for a coyote if he came in.

I was up in NV last week at the Predator masters convention and took the CZ-445 22 Mag to do a little preseason coyote hunting with it. It worked great, I think it will see a lot of action this winter. Not quite the smack of my 222 Rem or 22-204 but is really pelt friendly especially for the fox and cats.



CZ-455 Varmint in 22 Mag with Burris 4X 1.5-6x40mm with Illuminated Dot, Winchester 40gr Jacketed HP's
Nice looking fur AWS. Didn't think it would be full this time of year.
What scope do you have mounted? I couldn't tell from the photo.......great photo, bad eyes. LOL

I haven't used a 22mag. for Coyotes in quite a few years, you guys are getting my interest peaked again.
Started using a 22mag. back in the 60's for Red Fox and really fell in love with it. I've had several through the years with a Savage/Anschutz 164M being my first. Still have that one. Had a Stevens for awhile, then a CZ 452, then a Browning ABolt. Finally settled on a Sako Quad that was surprising accurate in 22mag., but stuck the 22lr. barrel back on it after I bought a Ruger American. I was impressed with this RAR in 22mag. Accuracy is much better than I anticipated. It sure likes the Hornady 30gr. over anything else which was the only disappointing part. Win. 40gr.hp's is my preferred round for Fox and Coyote. Not sure if I trust the 30's for Coyotes.

The main Coyote rifles I use now are both Kimber Montana's. One in 204 and the other in 17Rem. A 17-204 is on the horizon even though I don't actually need one........... like "need" is important.
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It is a Burris 4X 1.5-6x40mm with Illuminated Dot at the center of duplex. I like it a lot but it is a fairly heavy which is ok on a HB rifle. I have another Burris Signature Select in 1.5-6x40mm that is lighter and have it on one of my sporter weight rifles. The 1.5-6 is my favorite power range for coyote hunting. Lots of FOV for those ones that come into your shoelaces and 6x will reach out as far as I care to shoot one. On that same hunt we killed 3 under 10 yards.
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Nice scope. You and I think a lot alike. I graduated up to 2-7X33 from a 1.5-5. I don't need a lot of magnification and I like what you have on yours.
Mine stay on 3.5 and rarely move from there.
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Mine stay on the lowest power, I've found over the years that there is always enough time to turn a scope up in power but never enough time to turn it down.

I'm very fond of 1-3x20mm and 1-4x20mm and 1.5-4 scopes for hunting, I even have a couple of old Weaver K-1.5x scopes on big game rifles. They also stay on 1x or 1.5x. These are mostly on combo guns and I've been known to take a flushing pheasant or duck on the way back from a coyotes stand. A lot of places I hunt are lead free for game birds so I have loaded Bismuth BB's for coyotes and load up a bismuth 5 for the walk back to the truck.

Weaver V-3 1-3x20mm 12ga/5.6x50R Magnum


Nikon Monarch 1.5-4.5x20mm 12ga/5.6x52R(22 Savage Highpower)


Leupold VX-1 Shotgun 1-4x20mm 16ga/16ga/6.5x58R Sauer(25-35 Win like in power)

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