Looking for a 50-yard shotshell specifically designed to take coyote? Consider the brand new Heavy Magnum Coyote load from Hornady.
The new Heavy Magnum Coyote load is a 3″ Magnum shell loaded with 1.5 ounces of 00-buck or BB shot. The shot is lead with nickel-plating. From the muzzle, these loads are making 1300 fps. Expect that they might kick a little bit.
Hornady claims these loads are good to 50 yards as they use a special Versatite wad that provides tighter patterns at longer distances. Several other manufacturers are also making shotshell loads that estimate good patterns up to 70 yards. These are all a lot better than the 25+ yards I am used to with “standard” 00-buck loads.
I’ve never hunted coyote, much less done so with a shotgun. Assuming there are no hunting restrictions, I would think an AR chambered in .223 would be an excellent coyote gun. However, I see no reason why this load wouldn’t be deadly effective on them as well. If the patterns hold to 50 yards, thats a darn fine load.
Hornady makes special mention that this load is an economical choice when compared to tungsten options. I presume the cost on these is roughly the same as other premium hunting ammo, but I do not have any MSRP information currently. By way of comparison, a box of 10 Hevi-Shot Dead Coyote shells go for $41.99 at Midway USA. Midway also has the Winchester Xtended Range coyote shells priced at $15.29 for a box of five. So, I would guess Hornady may try to bring these in under $10/box.
Currently, there aren’t a lot of choices on the market for coyote-specific ammunition. In addition to the Hevi-Shot and Winchester loads mentioned above, Federal also makes a coyote load. Coyote loads for the 12 gauge definitely seem to be a small niche, and it is interesting that Hornady is jumping into this market. Presumably the cost of manufacturing isn’t too bad, but developing the loads has to take a significant amount of man hours.
Are there a lot of people taking coyote with 12 gauge shotguns? I presume that if you kept a Remington 870 in the truck while you were on the ranch, it would be helpful to have some long-reaching shotshells ready to go for predator control. Beyond that, however, I just don’t know how big the market is for these shells.
Sound off in the comments section if you have some experience in taking coyote, either as a sport or as predator control. Are you using a shotgun? AR15?