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Offline Doublelunger

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Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« on: February 03, 2012, 12:33:34 AM »
I recently bought a Rock River Arms LAR-15 Coyote Carbine.  I was wondering what the best round for laying down some coyote's might be.  There are a million different rounds out there and I don't know where to start.  Any suggestions would help.

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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2012, 01:35:02 AM »
They all work, I prefer the heaviest the twist will allow. I get less " Spinners" at distance.
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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2012, 03:16:44 AM »
Cool question. I have some Winchester Varmint rounds. I have always toyed with the idea of trying them out on some feral pigs. I haven't even shot a varmint with them yet dog gon'et. Good topic.  :tup:
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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2012, 03:54:28 AM »
i have always been a big fan of noslers ballistic tips for 22 caliber rifles, i shoot a 50 grain nosler in my 22-250 and one of my friends shoots a 40 gr out of his 223 and its deadly accurate in the 1:9 twist, i have shot the hornady vmax and sierras but went straight back to the nosler!

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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2012, 04:32:38 AM »
50g+ is a must for me. Anything lighter I have had to many runners.
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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2012, 05:00:49 AM »
I've used 40gr vmax with mixed results, now using 52gr hollowpoints but haven't had any "recipients" yet.  Am really thinking about using the 65gr Sierra gamekings....  That would probably fly pretty darn good in the wind, and have some energy out there a ways.

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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2012, 06:12:45 AM »
I am currently using 69 smk and 60
vmax in 1-9turn twist AR and they work great.

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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2012, 06:14:21 AM »
ballistic tips for me.  but thats what MY gun likes.  find out what yours likes and shoot them.  I have killed many a dog with m855 ball ammo.....
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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2012, 06:27:47 AM »
Have used Berger's, v-max, Sierra 52 hp, varmint grenades. and soft points.

Hands down for dead right there, Nosler ballistic tips are all I use.
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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2012, 06:51:45 AM »
the 223 rounds the military uses
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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2012, 07:19:16 AM »
55 grain hornadys shoot great for me .
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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2012, 07:37:23 AM »
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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2012, 08:56:37 AM »
52-55gr, and whatever is most accurate in your gun.

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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2012, 09:29:00 AM »
I've only killed one coyote (all the ones I see and shoot at have a forcefield  :dunno: ) but the one I killed was with a military surplus fmj from about 280 yards. Was the first day I shot my ar just sighted in and was messing around and decided to.take a drive.

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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2012, 11:05:44 AM »
thanks for the suggestions guys.  My gun has a 20" barrel with a 1:9 twist.  I've just got a 3x9 on it right now and its sighted in with 55 grain cheap stuff (mostly federal). I plan on putting the 12 power Nikon M-223 scope on it soon. So i guess I'm looking to get out to 300 yards hopefully.  Ive always had good luck with the Hornady in other calibers,  so maybe I'll lean that direction. The Nossler is sounded petty good too.  Im still open for suggestions though....Thanks again.

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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2012, 11:30:19 AM »
The cheapest FMJ I can find. You're only shooting coyotes. I also have a Rock River LAR 223 and the cheap stuff shoots just fine.
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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2012, 02:16:48 PM »
I would go with anything 50 grs or heavier. Just pick one shoot it until you shoot it well, shot placement is more important than
Type of bullet. 40 years of reloading and I sorta wish I had never started,waste too much time and money searching for the perfect combo. Much better to
Load one and stick with it,unless you want to shoot camp Perry. As far as Coyotes are concerned think shot placement. Save a lot of aspirin.
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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2012, 04:35:13 PM »
Black Hills bluebox 60gr Ballistic Tips shoot great out of my Rock River 1/8 twist.
I think 60gr is a good compromise between varmint weight and ability to buck some wind.
It's still a .223.
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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2012, 06:06:04 PM »
most have my coyotes have been killed with .308, so i dont have as much experience with the .223 in the hunting woods. I would say any of the sp or hp rounds, or ballistic tip would work.. based on what I've seen with the issue fmj rounds, I wouldnt use them unless you are shooting up close. past 200yds they tend to produce a neat clean .22 hole..

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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2012, 07:00:35 PM »
In the 223 I like the 50gr NBT, in the 22-204 the 40gr NBT at 3900fps seems to drop them on the spot with no pelt damage and the 22-250 and 5.6x50R Mag I go with the Speer 52gr Flatebase HP.  I find that the lighter V-Max have a tendency to splash at higher speeds.  Most of my coyote hunting is for pelts so damage is as important to me as DRT.
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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2012, 04:43:56 PM »
55 grain Nosler Combined Technology Ballistic Silvertip. Excellent fragmentation, and great ballistic co-efficiency.

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Re: Best .223 round for coyote hunting?
« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2012, 11:45:02 AM »
I used the 40gr vmax and loved them for a few years then I had a season of them not working the greatest so I jumped to the 52gr amax and like them :tup: I also love the noslers bt in all weights :hello:

 



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