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#6796547 - 06/17/17 10:31 PM What's your go to gun/ammo for coons?
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Woodsman

Registered: 12/30/16
Posts: 231
Loc: Brazoria county
We had our shotguns with 7-1/2 birdshot, that worked but.... Went and got some 4 shot small game the next day and that worked better but i was wondering if the 22 rifle wouldn't be better. We're hunting them at night with a spotlight, probly going back next weekend and would rather take em out with one or two shots instead of 3 or 4 with the shotgun. Them big boys don't die very easy. I got a box of .22lr 40 gr hp, do y'all think that will work for up to 50 yard shots? What do y'all use? Also, is sub- sonic any good for this situation?


Edited by Mike Mathena (06/17/17 10:34 PM)
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#6796786 - 06/18/17 09:07 AM Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena]
bar-d Offline
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Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 873
Loc: Fisher County
22 LR Hollow Points in any rifle works just fine. Hit them in the head and they will go down.
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#6797716 - 06/19/17 10:41 AM Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena]
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Registered: 12/06/10
Posts: 4012
Loc: DFW
I use the CCI Segmented HP's. It puts down coons with ease.

http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/cci-22-l...fire-ammunition

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#6797730 - 06/19/17 11:02 AM Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena]
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Registered: 08/19/14
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Loc: huntsville texas
17hmr has never let me down
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#6797785 - 06/19/17 12:31 PM Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena]
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I shoot most of my coons with a 22 but they are already in foot hold traps, the others are usually shot with my 6.8 SPC
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#6797857 - 06/19/17 01:49 PM Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena]
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Loc: The Heart of Texas
Whatever is handy!
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#6798210 - 06/19/17 09:18 PM Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena]
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Registered: 12/30/16
Posts: 231
Loc: Brazoria county
I'll look for that cci segmented next time I'm at academy. Can't wait to get back out there!
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#6799778 - 06/21/17 09:44 AM Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena]
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Registered: 10/20/14
Posts: 74
Loc: College Station, Texas
I Love using my 17HMR topped with a vortex Hog Hunter scope. The Hog hunter lets in a lot of light, it is a little heavy but has never let me down.

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#6800608 - 06/22/17 05:56 AM Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena]
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Registered: 12/30/16
Posts: 231
Loc: Brazoria county
Hog hunter scope, ill check those out. I've kicked around the idea of getting a 17hmr, i keep being told my 22 is sufficient for what i use it for.
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#6800620 - 06/22/17 06:07 AM Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena]
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 8545
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
The .22 is nice 'cause I don't use any hearing protection with it (as long as it's a rifle.) My .17 has just a little too much "zing" to not where ear plugs in these old ears.
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#6800653 - 06/22/17 06:45 AM Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Creekrunner]
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Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
The .22 is nice 'cause I don't use any hearing protection with it (as long as it's a rifle.) My .17 has just a little too much "zing" to not where ear plugs in these old ears.


Yes, I'm noticing guns seem to be louder as I get older. Went to a Indoor range yesterday for the first time, i had hearing protection but still hated it! I was nervous wreck shaking the whole time i was trying to shoot(still did pretty good though), it was way too loud in there.


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#6801426 - 06/22/17 07:59 PM Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena]
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Registered: 10/19/12
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Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
My son just gave me a gift certificate to a brand new range, right in town, on Loop 1604. 100yd INDOOR range. 'Can't imagine how loud it'll be.
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#6801454 - 06/22/17 08:30 PM Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena]
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Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 41
Loc: Spanish Fort
I've always used a 22 long rifle when they were treed by my hounds. 22 short when in a trap. If I was spotlighting I might move up to a 22 magnum or 17 HMR just for fun and additional range if a coyote was spotted on the ground too.
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#6805558 - 06/27/17 12:55 AM Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena]
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Registered: 11/17/08
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Loc: Azle TX
My running around the ranch gun is a Ruger American Compact in 7mm-08. I keep it loaded with the Hornady Custom Lite load with the SST bullet. Coons to hogs it stops them all. If it's in a trap my Ruger 22/45 gets them dead quickly as well.

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#6805582 - 06/27/17 05:50 AM Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: DEERSTRANGLER]
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Registered: 12/30/16
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Loc: Brazoria county
I've been thinking about both the 17hmr and that 7mm-08, more power and a flat trajectory on both, if i remember right.
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