Old 09-14-2021, 17:58   #1
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.25 caliber

NJ has night hunting for Coyote's, but limits the caliber to .25. My question is there a centerfire rifle in .25 cal. All my searches lead to pistols, not rifles.
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Old 09-14-2021, 18:22   #2
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Donno, my guess would be that it’s bigger than .22 (which a lot of states restrict for hunting anything other than varmints) but the next smallest rifle cartridge would likely be a .270.

It’s NJ so they probably didn’t want people claiming an AR-15 (.223/5.56) is a perfectly good coyote gun unless chambered in 6.5 or .308.

I’m just spit balling here.
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Old 09-14-2021, 18:26   #3
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Winchester 25-20 and 25-35,
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Old 09-14-2021, 19:47   #4
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25-06 if you can find one
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Old 09-14-2021, 20:03   #5
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https://aussiehunter.org/shooting/ca...ifle-calibres/

Good list but it does not have the 220 swift rifle cartridge listed

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mUhDXqyJ9...0/cart_set.gif


The NJ law states
https://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/pdf/coyote-fox_faq.pdf

Use center‐fire rifle (.25 caliber or smaller using 80 grain ammunition) (Daytime)
Hunt during evening hours with 10‐12 gauge shotgun only using shot sizes as small as #4 fine to “T” shot

Did the rule change for night hunting Penn ?
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Old 09-14-2021, 20:57   #6
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.22 Savage Hi-Power
.22 BR Remington
.22 Cheetah
.22 Eargesplitten Loudenboomer
.22 PPC
.22 Remington Jet
.22 Spitfire
.22 WCF
.220 Russian
.220 Rook
.220 Swift
.221 Remington Fireball
.22 Nosler
.22-250 Remington
.222 Remington
.222 Remington Magnum
.222 Rimmed
.223 Remington
.223 Winchester Super Short Magnum
.224 Weatherby Magnum
.224 Valkyrie
.225 Winchester
.297/230 Morris
.240 Apex
.240 Weatherby Magnum
.242 Rimless Nitro Express
.243 Winchester
.243 Winchester Super Short Magnum
.244 H&H Magnum
.244 Remington
.246 Purdey
.25 Remington
.25-45 Sharps
.25-21 Stevens
.25-25 Stevens
.25 Winchester Super Short Magnum
.250 Savage
.25-06 Remington
.25-20 Winchester
.25-35 Winchester
.25-45 Sharps

Some of those have an 80 grain load.

I would suggest a .243 or .25-06.

Good hunting.

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Old 09-14-2021, 22:34   #7
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That .25-45 Sharps is not a black powder cartridge but a relative new .223 Rem necked up to .25 cal just for the AR15.

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Old 09-15-2021, 06:21   #8
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The 25-06 is old but reliable with lots of reloading data,

http://gundata.org/cartridge/24/.25-06-remington/
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Old 09-15-2021, 09:58   #9
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Thank you everyone for the azimuth correction.
7624U, no the rules did not change, but will be hunting on private land.
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:58   #10
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Noticed the .257 Roberts is missing from that list. (7x57mm Mauser necked down)

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Old 09-15-2021, 15:17   #11
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The .25-06 is a great choice. My friend uses it with great success on boar. It will kill anything in North America. If you were shooting bear, I would up the caliber. I shoot a .22-250 and it is death on coyotes. Get an electronic caller... This is my friend's son with a badger that showed up in the prairie dog town we were shooting... he shot it with a .25-06 at 200 yards.
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Old 09-15-2021, 15:55   #12
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The .25-06 is a great choice. My friend uses it with great success on boar. It will kill anything in North America. If you were shooting bear, I would up the caliber. I shoot a .22-250 and it is death on coyotes. Get an electronic caller...
One of the guys in my old team bought a .22-250 a couple of years ago for varmint hunting. That rifle is a beast for speed, distance, and accuracy. It’s certainly appropriate for coyotes. I need to get me one.
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Old 09-15-2021, 20:45   #13
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Another vote for the Winchester .243

I've had a few and you can find rifles in that caliber and the ammunition just about anywhere.

It's good on white tails too.
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