I think the above quote can and most likely in this case be taken out of context. I am sure the author would also state that you must use enough gun to cause the said bullet to create a lethal wound to start with. One fact that cannot be argued is a coyote will not always give you a perfect shot placement opportunity. A small 17 to 20gr bullet at the low velocities of the HMR is going to have to pass thru muscle, fat, bone, etc.. to hit vitals and cause said terminal wound and death. The HMR severely lacks bullet energy at any range. Why would someone field themselves with such limited capabilities when other options are far better? Including a 22mag if your in a rimfire only area.Huntinfool said:Here's a quote that everyone should listen to....
"The single most important factor in wound lethality is bullet placement. This can not be overstated."
Taken from: The Mechanics of Terminal Ballistics
Theres alot of if's in that statement. If its close enough and while not stated but implied, if your good enough to place the shot.... Any 17, 20 or 22 cal centerfire rifle can offset and make up for alot of those if's.That being said if the range is close enough and you are good enough to place your shots properly then the 17 HMR can be used effectively.
So theres a guy on another forum who posts on the internet that he kills everything he shoots at eh?Huntinfool said:I'm glad you cleared that up for me!
But I still am not quite sure it's all that cut and dried. Like I said over on another forum there's a guy who uses a 17 HMR because of the rimfire rule and every yote he's hit in the vitals has died and was recovered. I'm talking dozens here not one or two. So as I said in my first post, bullet placement means a lot. Period!