I don't want to use my 7mm-08 (what I've been deer hunting with) because I just don't want to burn up my handloads on a Coyote.
I cannot understand this statement.
I don't want to use a limited supply of my handloads on a Coyote. When I have time, I will load some more. I have tons of .17 HMR and plenty of 458, the question is simple, is the .17 enough to make a good ethical kill or should I go with the SOCOM.
It's not a question involving taking another rifle, that's easy to do, its not about whether or not the 7mm-08 is a good Coyote killer (it is...used it many times) but I don't want to use it right now. I have about 20 of my handloads left, they have been carefully crafted for accuracy and I don't want to waste them on Coyotes.
So, I've simply chosen to take another rifle in either of two calibers. I get conflicting reports on the effectiveness of the .17 on animals as large as Coyotes. I haven't shot anything larger than Raccoons and a bobcat with mine.
The SOCOM will definitely put Coyotes down and I have a lot of 100 grain ammo I need to burn up, but it is loud. The Coyotes will be targets of opportunity while I am out Deer Hunting. We just have way too many of them. I've been letting them pass by...not wanting to disturb my hunting area with a lot of noise, but they are coming through much too often.
Anyway, I am going to use one or the other, so I am soliciting any experience others might have with respect to the .17
I have my doubts about it.