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Old 02-18-2021, 05:39 PM
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I am potentially in the market for a 17 WSM. After extensive research and YouTube videos, I’m not finding the information I’m looking for. With that said, this will be a truck gun for the most part, but if I do get the urge to go call coyotes or bobcats I want to make sure this gun is an adequate round. Basically my shots will be 150 yards or less on coyotes or cats. I am reaching out to see if anyone has experience in this area, and wondering if the only shot placements are head and neck shots or if vitals works too. I have taken some coyotes over the years with a 22 Mag at closer ranges but am curious on this round. I currently have the Winchester 25 grain rounds for that use. So feel free to answer to this thread if you have any experience in this matter. Thanks!

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Old 02-18-2021, 06:52 PM
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Old 02-19-2021, 07:47 AM
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I've taken 2 song dogs with a 17HMR 20grn hp. Both were broadside boilerroom shots, with the 80yd one DRT and the other was a spinner so I double tapped it with Rem 597 semi. @ 40ish yds.. I don't do head shots anymore as anything outside the 10ring may be a slow painful death for the animal.

Know your limitations with the 17WSM and whack em and stack em I say.
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Old 02-19-2021, 05:06 PM
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If I was in a rimfire only area the 17 WSM would definitely be my very first choice but if not, even limiting my shots to 150 yds I think there are better choices. Some may be perfectly fine with it but for me, when coyotes are on the menu, I'll reach for a little more gun every time. If a coyote presented itself at 150 yds and all I had was my 17 WSM I'd still take a poke at it but it just wouldn't ever be my first choice, unless it was my only choice.
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Old 02-19-2021, 05:50 PM
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If I was in a rimfire only area the 17 WSM would definitely be my very first choice but if not, even limiting my shots to 150 yds I think there are better choices. Some may be perfectly fine with it but for me, when coyotes are on the menu, I'll reach for a little more gun every time. If a coyote presented itself at 150 yds and all I had was my 17 WSM I'd still take a poke at it but it just wouldn't ever be my first choice, unless it was my only choice.
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I dunno if I would chose a .17 for a large animal like that unless they were real close and I had no other options. I would prefer to whack them with my AR for a more humane kill shot but that is just my opinion.
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I dunno if I would chose a .17 for a large animal like that unless they were real close and I had no other options. I would prefer to whack them with my AR for a more humane kill shot but that is just my opinion.
You'd want to be careful not to say that around some folks because there's a whole crowd of 17 Remington or 17-223 guys that boyyy howdy will instantly be ready to go to the mattresses if they heard you say that.

I love my two 17 Hornets and I've often considered building a 17-222 but I MUCH prefer, at the least, a fast stepping .20 cal over any of the 17's. Maybe if I was a fur saver and sold hides I would feel differently but since I'm not I like my coyotes to me more deader'er and if they've got huge gaping holes in their side for instant death, that's even better.

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says the guy that don't save fur.....
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Old 02-20-2021, 02:03 AM
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When pelts are not saved... its time to crack out the ultra mags.

The 17 wsm would still be my first choice for a rimfire only situation, 150 seems like a good limit.
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You'd want to be careful not to say that around some folks because there's a whole crowd of 17 Remington or 17-223 guys that boyyy howdy will instantly be ready to go to the mattresses if they heard you say that.

I love my two 17 Hornets and I've often considered building a 17-222 but I MUCH prefer, at the least, a fast stepping .20 cal over any of the 17's. Maybe if I was a fur saver and sold hides I would feel differently but since I'm not I like my coyotes to me more deader'er and if they've got huge gaping holes in their side for instant death, that's even better.
I has pic of one I blew away with a 243 you'd like. Never took pix of a 25-06'd one.
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You'd want to be careful not to say that around some folks because there's a whole crowd of 17 Remington or 17-223 guys that boyyy howdy will instantly be ready to go to the mattresses if they heard you say that.

I love my two 17 Hornets and I've often considered building a 17-222 but I MUCH prefer, at the least, a fast stepping .20 cal over any of the 17's. Maybe if I was a fur saver and sold hides I would feel differently but since I'm not I like my coyotes to me more deader'er and if they've got huge gaping holes in their side for instant death, that's even better.
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says the guy that don't save fur.....
I guess I didn't take that into consideration with my post.I can see why someone that is pelt/fur hunting would want to use one.

Around here we just kill coyote's because they are a nuisance, kill pets/farm animals, and get out of control, so that is where my head was. I wasn't trying to offend or judge anyone.
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I has pic of one I blew away with a 243 you'd like. Never took pix of a 25-06'd one.
I was up elk hunting many years ago and a good size yote walked out on a logging skid trail in the wide open only, maybe at most, 50 yds from me but was at an angle looking away. The angle was a bit more flat to me than I thought and my shot hit a little further back. I was SHOCKED when it wasn't a complete bang flop because I saw the blood and guts spray out the off side through my scope and it bolted for about ten yards then pilled up. I walked over to it and the whole other side literally looked like someone had opened up this coyote with a can opener and it practically looked gutted by the 180gr bullet from my 300 Weatherby mag. I am still amazed at how tough those things can be. I've had ones I've shot that had nothing more than a bullet hole entrance and exit and they dropped dead on the spot not so much as a quiver then others like that one I shot with my 300 and they aren't.

Todd-67, no worry of offending me. Like I said, I'm not really a fan of 17's for shooting coyotes but I know they have a certain following and they can often be a sensitive bunch. LOL

If 17's work for some, hey, more power to ya I just prefer 20, 22, or 24 caliber stuff a lot better.
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I'm not really a fan of 17's for shooting coyotes but I know they have a certain following and they can often be a sensitive bunch. LOL
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I was up elk hunting many years ago and a good size yote walked out on a logging skid trail in the wide open only, maybe at most, 50 yds from me but was at an angle looking away. The angle was a bit more flat to me than I thought and my shot hit a little further back. I was SHOCKED when it wasn't a complete bang flop because I saw the blood and guts spray out the off side through my scope and it bolted for about ten yards then pilled up. I walked over to it and the whole other side literally looked like someone had opened up this coyote with a can opener and it practically looked gutted by the 180gr bullet from my 300 Weatherby mag. I am still amazed at how tough those things can be. I've had ones I've shot that had nothing more than a bullet hole entrance and exit and they dropped dead on the spot not so much as a quiver then others like that one I shot with my 300 and they aren't.

Todd-67, no worry of offending me. Like I said, I'm not really a fan of 17's for shooting coyotes but I know they have a certain following and they can often be a sensitive bunch. LOL

If 17's work for some, hey, more power to ya I just prefer 20, 22, or 24 caliber stuff a lot better.
Your story perfectly demonstrates that shot placement is more critical than cartridge choice. I've seen a coyote that ran away with eight 223 Rem run through its gut. A properly placed 17 WSM will drop a coyote at 100yds. A properly placed 204 Ruger or 223 Rem will do it at 300yds.
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Old 02-23-2021, 12:04 AM
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Kinda.... launching 120s out of a long tube 7 rum over 3700 fps. They don't run gut shot, well they dont run far, but you'll save roughly a postage stamp chunk of hide....
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