Is a 22 magnum good for coywolves? We have an issue at the farm and am looking for something small and handy for me and my wife without a ton of noise or recoil. Other options might be a Henry carbine in 38, or a Mini 14.
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I'm not longer in Hopkinton. I've moved out west a little and we have a farm business. I'm thinking a 38 at close range out of a carbine won't be excessively loud and should get the job done. My wife is very small statured but a good shot so another + for the carbine. My neighbors are encouraging of the situation.If your farm is in Hopkinton, and you're concerned about upsetting the neighbors, the Mini 14 isn't your best option. One round of .223 bouncing off a rock and zinging elsewhere could be a disaster. The .22 Magnum is marginal if you can't guarantee a head shot. The Henry would do the job, but again, it's a rifle. A shotgun with a rifled barrel shooting sabot slugs would be deadly out to 150 yards. The Savage 220 bolt action in 20 gauge is one of the best, but it's not cheap.
Have you checked with Fish & Wildlife about a farmer's permit? Usually not a good idea to bring The Man into your life, but in this case it would CYA if Karen down the street dropped a dime on you. Good luck.