You, if possible, should have a shotgun and a rifle on stand.
Well, I finally pulled the trigger on a new rifle. After much debate as to what to get, I decided my best option was a Savage 220F, 20 ga. bolt action slug gun. I, unfortunately, am in a county in PA that only lets me hunt with shotgun or rimfire. The rimfire debate, especially the .17 HMR, does not have the ballistics that I am comfortable with to take a coyote consistently. It has the accuracy, don't get me wrong, but I think relying on the shot placement in my terrain would yield less than desirable results. I will not take a shot unless I am confident that I can make good contact. I have already passed up two opportunities to shoot at coyotes with my shotgun because I was not confident that I could make a kill. I would rather pass up the shot and leave it for another day, than take the chance of educating the coyotes.
I wanted something that I could reach out to 100 yards or better (if needed), and with sufficient knock down power. Now, some may think that the 20 ga. slug is overkill... but someone once told me that there is no such thing as "too dead". Shooting it for the first time last Thursday, yielded 1.5 inch groups at 100 yards. I am pretty pleased with those numbers. But the break process that I am using is not nearly complete. It is painstakingly slow. So, we will see what happens down the road.
I would have much preferred to have a .223 or .22-250, but my primary hunting grounds fall withing the gun restricted area of PA.
Hopefully, I will have some target pics to post soon (aka coyote).