I always use 3" magnum 00 or 000 buck and a full choke. Out to 40 or 50 yds it kills them as dead as they need to be. Alot of guys go as small as 4buck or BB, but I have not had good luck with it on coyotes.Good luck! Scott
i guess that brings up another question, do you need to use a full choke? and this may sound like a dumb question, but are the 00 and 000 buck only one slug, or are there a couple. i havent shot anything over 2's, and never shot anything that didnt fly with my shotgun. so im kinda in the dark on this. thanks again for all the info.
with the choke question, i pretty much want to know if im gonna jack up my gun with a mod. thanks again.
I started with 00 and 000 buck for a while but switched to BBs and #4 buck after a few problem shots. I had some shots at about 40 yards where the pellets had plenty of energy but I was only sending 12 of them on their way to the coyote. I ended up with a few that I hit solid (or so I thought) on the first shot only to see a broken leg or some other superficial wound that required a second shot.
Now that I've gone to copper BBs or #4 buck I get a lot more pellets, still with plenty of energy, in the kill zone. Maybe a couple more holes to sew up but cleaner kills for the most part.
Don't get me wrong, if all I've got is 000 buck, I'm still taking that coyote but when I go to the store to stock up, I make sure I look for the #4 buck when I have a choice.
I normally use a full choke when I'm in a "shotgun only" area and when I'm trying to stretch the range as far as I can I'll shoot a PatternMaster extra full choke.
If I'm in an area that I'm shooting a shotgun because of the cover (real thick and low visibility), I go to the other end of the spectrum and shoot an improved or skeet choke.