Ive been hunting with my 17 HMR this year since December. It will do the job but if you are shooting coyotes you probably need to shoot them in the head or neck. I body shot one about two weeks ago and never found him. Im sure he died later.
I was shooting CCI hollow points and it hit him hard. A larger caliber would work better I'm sure on losses but I'm impressed with my 17hmr! I also paid under 200$ for mine at Walmart in ashflat. Black synthetic bull barrel marlin 917