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#6623995 - 01/09/17 12:25 PM 12 gauge loads to
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Light Foot

Registered: 08/26/11
Posts: 30
Loc: Fredericksburg
It's probably been discussed before but can't figure out how to search effectively with phone. What 12 gauge shot loads are recommended for coyotes/bobcats?

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#6624017 - 01/09/17 12:35 PM Re: 12 gauge loads to [Re: OIF3]
Lipan Creep Offline
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Registered: 09/01/04
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Loc: West Texas
#4 buckshot
or
BB's

both in 3 or 3.5"

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#6624074 - 01/09/17 01:06 PM Re: 12 gauge loads to [Re: OIF3]
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What ever you choose make sure to pattern it
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#6624142 - 01/09/17 02:05 PM Re: 12 gauge loads to [Re: OIF3]
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Light Foot

Registered: 08/26/11
Posts: 30
Loc: Fredericksburg
Lead or steel?

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#6624171 - 01/09/17 02:19 PM Re: 12 gauge loads to [Re: OIF3]
Dalee7892 Offline
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Registered: 05/04/15
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Loc: Denton County
It doesn't matter for lead or steel. Someone might typ in to say which one shots farther and holds a better pattern.

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#6624189 - 01/09/17 02:27 PM Re: 12 gauge loads to [Re: Lipan Creep]
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Originally Posted By: Lipan Creep
#4 buckshot
or
BB's
both in 3 or 3.5"



x2
I once did the same searching/testing; what I found: (affordable)
#4 buckshot Lead 3" (qty41 .22cal pellets buffered!) (Remington Express Magnum #4 3"); 5ct/$5.99 @ Gander Mountain
Bang/flop; NO run-off's; 40 - 50 yards (patterned)

Best performance for under $1.50 a round;


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#6626575 - 01/10/17 07:00 PM Re: 12 gauge loads to [Re: OIF3]
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Light Foot

Registered: 08/26/11
Posts: 30
Loc: Fredericksburg
If I go steel will I need to have an external choke tube for full choke?

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#6627451 - 01/11/17 11:14 AM Re: 12 gauge loads to [Re: OIF3]
OffCoor1 Offline
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Registered: 09/12/13
Posts: 293
Loc: Archer County
I would not go steel. Follow what oldoak2000 said - 3" Remington #4 buck = Good medicine on predators. Good Huntin'

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#6630846 - 01/13/17 12:25 PM Re: 12 gauge loads to [Re: OIF3]
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Light Foot

Registered: 08/26/11
Posts: 30
Loc: Fredericksburg
Thank you for the info!

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#6637510 - 01/17/17 09:45 PM Re: 12 gauge loads to [Re: OIF3]
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Registered: 04/14/09
Posts: 559
Loc: Palo Pinto
NO STEEL...... YOTES #4 BUCK
CATS/FOX #4 OR#2 LEAD TURKEY.

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#6637653 - 01/18/17 12:10 AM Re: 12 gauge loads to [Re: OIF3]
blackcoal Offline
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Registered: 01/19/12
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Please explain why no steel....
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#6637821 - 01/18/17 07:58 AM Re: 12 gauge loads to [Re: OIF3]
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Registered: 08/15/11
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Steel is less dense and does not carry the same energy over distance as lead shot. So, it takes a larger steel shot to equate to the power of a smaller lead shot.

Why steel wouldn't work on a coyote though, I'm not sure. Perhaps the intention was shot size. Not sure you can get steel in larger buck shot sizes.

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#6638383 - 01/18/17 02:47 PM Re: 12 gauge loads to [Re: OIF3]
fill Offline
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Registered: 02/02/15
Posts: 80
Loc: San Diego to Caddo Mills
....and Rem Express and Win SuperX #4 buck is found at literally any sporting goods store. I may be wrong, but I dont even think commercially loaded steel buckshot can even be found.

3 inch #4 is a volley of 42 .26 cal pellets raining down on them. Its an absolute hammer on coyotes and cats out to about 50-60 paces. breaks bones!
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#6640099 - 01/19/17 02:37 PM Re: 12 gauge loads to [Re: OIF3]
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Registered: 10/03/07
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Hornady makes a Heavy Coyote Magnum load. It is deadly. I smoked a yote last year at 70yds with it. I've since switched loads to a more expensive load in the Winchester Varmint X. Both devastating for yotes.

I run the dead coyote choke in my 12 gauge. I've tested just about every #4 buck out there and they do ok at best. I've lost more animals with the #4 buck than the other 2 shells I mentioned. #4 patterns well in the 20-30 yd range. I wanted something that would reach out to 50 yds without spending the $ on the dead coyote T shot.
In the Winchesters, Im getting 42ish bb's in a 12" circle at 40 yds. The #4 buck, I'd be lucky to get 6-8.

It is what it is, I shoot the Hornadys when I don't have a chance to order the Winchesters. Both are great shotgun rounds for yotes.
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