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If you have houses in reasonably close proximity to where you will be shooting, I'd pick a 3" 12 gauge with #4 buckshot.
 

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I've got a lot on my list, but I've been considering a .22-250 for a "utility" rifle. I've got no firsthand experience on coyote, but have seen what they do to deer.
 

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.22 Hornet loaded with Hornady's 35 grain V-max over Hod Lil' Gun powder.
Shoots flat, hits hard and doesn't make a lot of noise......Don
 

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I go with the 3inch 12 ga. even a close shot wont miss completly
 

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IMO, it would depend on which way your shooting, how far away are the houses. I personally wouldn't shoot any rifle/shotgun within 100-150 yards from any house (here in PA thats the minimum distance from any building in any direction). I wouldn't hesitate to use my crossbow even at 10ft. At 350 feet per second this thing is deadly even at 50-60 yards and without the noise.
 

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.223 Rem is my choice, but I don't know that I would say "best."

It's sort of like asking which NBA player is best at dunking on a 7 foot goal; every one gets the job done well. Coyotes can be killed with. 22 LR all day.
 

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I'd vote for the 12 guage with as large buckshot as you can get, or slugs...because it's in a subdivision; proximity of houses. I'm guessing any yotes will be at relatively close range.
 

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Whoops, didn't read the subdivision part. I'd go with a bow or some kind of shotgun if it's under 50-60 yards. Or just use some live traps(if legal) and pop them with a .22lr
 

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I'm guessing you know not to shoot in the direction of the homes for any reason. With that said, I would suggest a .22 magnum properly sighted with a scope or a standard .22. (They sell .22 ammo that is super quiet.) Reason being coyotes often move early or late and you don't want the entire neighborhood on their porch saying; "What was that"? A 3.5 12 ga. buckshot sounds very similar to something blowing up (which it is actually). We lost two good goose pits because people built housing developments near them and then complained of our early morning goose greetings. (They were good pits too!! Had to sound like the Normandy Landing).

Thinking about it, don't curl your lip at the .22. Quiet, accurate, and deadly. Especially near a development where the critters are used to the smell of human scent and a good blind will allow them in close and personal. For years the Israeli army, deer poachers, and mafia hit men made a living with the little .22. The .22 mag is louder, and has a faster effect on the life expectancy of what it enters, and is just a fun gun to shoot. Plus not the noise of a .243 .222 etc. But I would never discount the ole .22.

Big word of caution. If you are in walking distance of a development you are guaranteed to have children playing in the fields. (Even if their parents told them no.) You must have a clear picture of in front and behind your target.
For years I've shot into the valley behind my home. It is practically inaccessible. The bottom is mostly bog. The creek is either too wide or too deep. The far border is a fenced in private land.

I walked out this summer with my .22 pistol and prepared to shoot. In 10 years I have never seen anyone in the valley. I’ve never found any human tracks. Before I started shooting I called out saying I’m about to shoot in the valley. Is there anyone there? Nothing. I loaded the gun, walked to the top of the hill and called out again. Even when I’m on a firing range beside friends, I call out “going hot”!

A little voice came from the creek. “Can you help me, I’m lost.” It turned out a beautiful 8 year old girl and her two dogs had been visiting one of the neighbors. She followed the dogs into the valley and ended up in my shooting area with the dogs well down the creek. She was wearing bright pink top and bottom, but I couldn’t see her as soon as she stepped behind a bush. She was trying to be seen, just think of spotting two “minds of mush” 8 year old boys out there wearing their **** skin caps and camo. Just saying please be careful. I know if a coyote is walking down the trail, most likely a child isn’t following him, but just the same. Also remember bullets bounce of the ground in some cases.

You might want to invest in some coyote hunting gear such as decoy, call, and stuff.

Lastly, get a digital camera and post pictures of your success. Give us every detail.

Good hunting

Fred
 

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Good points jstgsn.

They sell "sound moderators"--silencers for .22's over here. Can you get one where you are?
 

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That's what I was thinking about
. I have a hill that I can sit on that looks into an open creek bottom. Thought about a decoy down there. It is about a 70 to 100 yard shot. Always here them yipping behind my house,,,drives my two dogs on the porch crazy enough to start howling





.22 Hornet loaded with Hornady's 35 grain V-max over Hod Lil' Gun powder.
Shoots flat, hits hard and doesn't make a lot of noise......Don
 

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Actually I have one ordered for my Ruger SR22 but it will be 4 to 6 months for the ATF to do what they do before I get it. Rifle is what I would use anyway not my 22 pistol
But that may give me an excuse to buy another rifle

Good points jstgsn.

They sell "sound moderators"--silencers for .22's over here. Can you get one where you are?
 

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Oh, YOTES !! I thought it said VOTES, lol !!! I was wondering what caliber would cause the highest turnout.
 
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