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    Been cutting firewood and saw coyotes three different times today. They are running a river bed I go up to cut. Tomorrow I am taking the 12 gauge 870 with some 3" magnum steel BB's loaded up.

    Anyone use BB's on coyotes before. Range should be 40 yards or less.

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    Can I come? JK, I have some #4 buck you could use.

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    I wouldn't use steel, if I had an option, better than nothing though!

    Buckshot is my preference, and that if many more successful than me!


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    i would get some buckshot should increase your odds.

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    I have used steel BB for coyotes. Never had a problem killing them most of them dropped at the shot. I would stay at 40 yards or less.

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    I know this is kinda old but I shot a coyote with a 10ga steel bb at around 30 yards, rocked him on to his side but he got up and ran away with no blood. Same thing with a lynx and #2 steel at 40 yards. The lynx was just a mistake on which shell I grabbed, I have some bb lead for the 10 that I know will penetrate.

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    BB's are fine. I much prefer the denser pattern given by the smaller size over buckshot. With steel, defintely no shooting past 40 yds. Have you ever patterned your gun with the loads you're using? Steel responds to various chokes much different than lead. A full choke might tend to blow holes in the pattern. Modified usually gives the best pattern with steel, IME. If you're able to find some lead BB loads, you'd be set.

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    Ive used Heavy Shot "dead coyote" loads on both a lynx and a coyote at roughly 50 yrds both dropped in their tracks they are a bit spendy tho. Have seen a few coyotes shot with #2 while duck hunting at 25-30yrds a little flip flop but not much more.

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    Killed a ton of coyotes using lead BB's first shot followed by 2 rounds of 4 buck. Not sure about steels effectiveness.
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