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  • Is a 80 gr .243 too much for coyotes if you are wanting to save the pelts?

    Is a 80 gr .243 too much for coyotes if you are wanting to save the pelts?

  • #2
    More than enough but as long as you don't use ballistic tips you will be fine.

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    • #3
      I use full jacketed 80 grain 243 rounds on coyotes it causes little damage to pelts

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      • #4
        If the 80 grain, 243 bullet you refer to is the Winchester pointed soft point, it will definitely mess up the pelt. That particular bullet is designed to fragment, but in my experience, the 80 grain, Winchester pointed soft point will leave a huge exit wound.

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        • #5
          i think it is a little bit much my advise is tho get a 223 with 55 gr full metal jacket that is what i ause and i never ruin the pelt

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          • #6
            Herbie - I don't think 80 grains is too big, but if you're interested in minimizing pelt damage look at bullet construction. I have two rules when it comes to predator bullets, in this order: first, they have to be accurate. You can have all the pelt-saving bullet construction in the world, but if it won't hit the coyote you are much better off with a soft-point that will blow through fur but hits where you point it. Second, they have to either blow up inside the critter or leave no more than a dime-sized hole on the off-side. You can get that performance with any of the frangible bullets: Hornady's 58-grain V-Max and Nosler's 55-grain Ballistic Tips are two of the best.

            80 grains is pretty heavy, but if you'll be doing a lot of long-range shooting in stiff cross winds, it's a pretty good choice. The higher sectional density and ballistic coefficient of the 80s give you about the same velocity at 300 yards that a .223 pushing 55-grain V-Max's gives you at 200 yards.

            Have fun, and let this crew know what you choose.

            Andrew McKean
            Outdoor Life Hunting Editor

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            • #7
              Thanks for all the input, I found a 75 gr ballistic tip that I'm going to try. Now all I have to do is find a coyote to try it on.

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              • #8
                a little big try .222 55grain

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                • #9
                  i would rather use a .223 its a smaller caliber but yet still got enough knock down to take a coyote down with out tearing its pelt up much

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                  • #10
                    I use 80 grain bullets in my 6mm Remington for coyotes and have good luck. As long as I don’t use hollow point bullets I don’t destroy the pelt. I prefer the extra power of the 6mm over my .223 for coyotes because they drop where I shoot them.

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                      • #12
                        No, I don't think it's too much. You'll want to select a good bullet to prevent an exit wound if you're out to keep the pelt, but I don't think 80gr is too much.

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