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Old June 11th, 2016, 08:44 PM   #1
 
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What is a good caliber to dispatch coons?

Had some of these pests stop by used my 10/22 to pop one at about 60 feet. Got a head shot but it flip flopped alot so emptied clip. Not a hunter by no means. Seems may need a bit more horse power.



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get a 32 or a 357 with 38s.
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Smaller critters tend to flip when headshot .. they are already dead and you're seeing involuntary reactions. The 22 is perfectly adequate for headshots .. lung shots kill, but they'll usually run a bit .. running away shots are too much for 22 .. and there's plenty of justification there to convince the boss you need a hornet (or a black rifle that'll double for defense etc)
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12 gauge shotgun with buckshot does the trick in my neck of the woods!
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I've used 22lr and 22mag. Plenty of other great options. A pistol caliber carbine would work as well.
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At 20yds even a .177 pellet gun should be adequate for a humane dispatch with shot placement and the right pellet so you are gtg with the 22. Whatever ammo you are using should be whatever shoots the most accurate in your 10/22. Don't really matter if it's HP or not if'n ya get a good head shot.
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The .22lr is great for when you can get the between the eyes shot. The .22mag or any center-fire is better for when you have to take whatever shot presents itself (as when the masked bandit was dragging my birdfeeder down the steep hill behind my house). Around my S. Georgia camp I could have any large caliber handgun or rifle handy. I have dispatched armadillos, 'possums, and other varmints in camp with .357mag, .44mag, .45lc, and once even with a .300 Win Mag.......all worked well. The .300WM 180gr Ballistic Tip didn't leave enough armadillo intact to even identify.
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Have had better luck with .22 round nose, jacketed or lead. Hollow points tend to open up ON the skull and not penetrate, depending on distance. Just my .02
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Thanks for the response rf'ers. I was using AE hv hollow points. Waited til critter was looking my way and did aim between the eyes. Hard to tell after emptying the entire clip into it where 1st hit. Had the 12 gage handy with 4 buck but due to location was not able to use that (bird feeders ). Hoping was just involuntary reactions. Was just kind of distressing watching. Shot chippers and snakes before.
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I would think .22mag or maybe a 17HMR. .223 would be awesome, but maybe louder than you are looking for......
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17hmr makes a tiny little hole and expends all the energy inside, no exit to damage the pelt.
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Head shot coons flop a lot. I have taken thousands of them. Used to rely on the coons flopping after head shot so they would not hang up in a tree. 22 or 22mag is perfect for coons.
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17hmr makes a tiny little hole and expends all the energy inside, no exit to damage the pelt.
Thinking might be time to do some shopping.
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I would think .22mag or maybe a 17HMR. .223 would be awesome, but maybe louder than you are looking for......
Have shot my nephews 223 virtually no recoil. Noise is not an issue.
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Head shot coons flop a lot. I have taken thousands of them. Used to rely on the coons flopping after head shot so they would not hang up in a tree. 22 or 22mag is perfect for coons.
I did go out and Re sight it after missing it the first night, after was putting ragged holes in the bullseye. So between the eyes is where the brain shot would be?
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