.223 pills for coyote


PDA






bachekermooni
November 21, 2011, 09:31 AM
I am headed out to SD for some coyote hunting in mid Dec. These animals get to be big. I am looking to load a decent .223 with 55 gr (or so) pills for them. I was told FMJs are out as they do minimal damage and make recovery difficult. We will be hunting at night during full moon - hopefully minimal cloud cover.
I am looking for the right bullet - minimal pelt damage with maximum enegery deposit *inside* the animal. Any ideas? Thanks.

If you enjoyed reading about ".223 pills for coyote" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
Geno
November 21, 2011, 09:59 AM
Simple...Nosler partition (Link): http://www.midwayusa.com/product/665774/nosler-partition-bullets-22-caliber-224-diameter-60-grain-spitzer-box-of-50

Good luck and post the results.

Geno

wankerjake
November 21, 2011, 11:25 PM
minimal pelt damage with maximum enegery deposit *inside* the animal. Any ideas?

Hornady V-max and Nosler ballistic tips are popular.

MachIVshooter
November 22, 2011, 01:49 AM
I'd use a 40 gr. V-max in .223.

Personally, I pop 'em with a .17 Rem using 20 gr. HP's; Tiny entrance, no exit. They're typically ~30 lbs out here.

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n117/Hunter2506/101_1133.jpg

1911 guy
November 22, 2011, 07:50 AM
I use a 60gr Hornady V-Max bullet when I can find them. Seem to be rare around me, most V-Max on the shelf are 40-55 gr. I stock up whenever my LGS gets them.

bachekermooni
November 22, 2011, 02:20 PM
I use a 60gr Hornady V-Max bullet when I can find them. Seem to be rare around me, most V-Max on the shelf are 40-55 gr. I stock up whenever my LGS gets them.
Midway has them in stock now ...
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/770779/hornady-v-max-bullets-22-caliber-224-diameter-60-grain-flat-base-box-of-100

bachekermooni
November 22, 2011, 02:24 PM
Thanks everyone. I talked to the Hornady folks as well as reading your posts and feedback on Midway site. I decided to go with the Hornady 50 gr V-Max BT non-coated:
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1165352013/hornady-v-max-bullets-22-caliber-224-diameter-50-grain-boat-tail

They are on the way now. I will report back with range and field results.

Best.

Freedom_fighter_in_IL
November 22, 2011, 04:57 PM
Ahh Well I see I am a bit late. The 50gr Barnes Varmint Grenade out of the .223 has really been gaining some popularity in the pelt community. They will pretty much turn a yote inside out. Very rarely exit and flat out grenade them on the inside. Hence the name.

BUT I have been using the V-Max since it came out in the 220swift with pretty much the same results. Closest I have let a yote get to me with the 220swift has been 75 yards and only a small piece exited then. Furthest yote was right at 325yds right in the chest. No exit but it sure was a "mell of a hess" on the inside :barf: So they perform, for me in a 220swift, very well both close and longer range. If your rifle likes them, the V-Max should make you a happy pelt hunter.

Good Luck

Picher
November 22, 2011, 06:46 PM
I've loaded 55 grain V-Max bullets ahead of 24.0 grains of A2230 and CCI regular primers to COAL of 2.335". I'm shooting them in my Tikka, 22" barrel and they group just over 1/4" at 100 yards. They should work well on coyotes.

The only thing I've shot with them so far is a woodchuck and a crow, but I normally use a .243 Win for Coyotes.

bachekermooni
November 23, 2011, 11:27 PM
Thanks guys. The 220 swift is quite a screemer. I like the AA2230 because it meters so well. I will load the 50 gr V-max with 24.0 gr of AA 2230 with COL = 2.260 and report back. Hopefully my Ruger MKII 77 Varmint and TC Encore PH like them. Have to head to a tradeshow in Chicago this Fri - coming back next Fri :cuss:

If you enjoyed reading about ".223 pills for coyote" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!