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What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? #6796547
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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?

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Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena] #6796786
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22 LR Hollow Points in any rifle works just fine. Hit them in the head and they will go down.


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Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena] #6797716
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I use the CCI Segmented HP's. It puts down coons with ease.

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Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena] #6797730
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17hmr has never let me down

Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena] #6797785
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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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Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena] #6798210
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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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Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena] #6799778
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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.

Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena] #6800608
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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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Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena] #6800620
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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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Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Creekrunner] #6800653
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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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Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena] #6801426
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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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Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena] #6801454
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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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Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena] #6805558
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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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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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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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Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena] #6806574
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Originally Posted By: Mike Mathena
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.


Your .22 should be fine out to 50 yds. or so. I use a .17 HMR because my stand location is 100 yds. away from an automatic feeder at a dedicated Hog Stand.

But honestly...I consider the .17 'marginal' for vermin the size of raccoons. I use it because of the flat trajectory and I end up shooting quite a few coons off of the feeder itself. The .17 NEVER exits...so even if they are right in front of the motor, I can still take the shot.

I've had quite a few 'crawl offs' using the .17, I have used just about every ammo type available with the same results (taking mostly thoracic shots).


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We should be going this weekend, I'm looking forward to it!


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Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena] #6807572
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I use a 17WSM. The go down like a sack of bricks. I use to use a 22mag but ammo got hard to find for awhile so switch over to the 17WSM with 20 grain bullets.

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well if .223 works for deer, pellet gun


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Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: colt45] #6812633
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My favorite for 30 years has been the 22wmr, but when the ammo shortage hit I went to the 17 Hornet and It's replaced the 22wmr as my favorite.

Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena] #6812767
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We were only able to do a day trip to the lease to fill feeders and check the cams, i was really disappointed, this weekend is my granddaughters birthday so, the coons get another week


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Re: What's your go to gun/ammo for coons? [Re: Mike Mathena] #6813559
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22lr in a trap or under a feeder. But a few are victims of whatever deer rifle is handy, and some have been skewered while bow hunting. We use a shotgun with whatever shot is available to drive around and ambush feeders and spotlight them out of trees.


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