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223 questions

Postby Vav » Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:03 pm

So I'm going to be shooting ground squirrel and prairie dogs. While I'm thereI always see coyotes. I was wondering if a 55 grain fmj would be sufficient for shooting at coyotes? What I'm worried about is it will blowthrough and not create large enough permanent wound cavity to kill them in their tracks. Thanks
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Re: 223 questions

Postby derbyacresbob » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:38 pm

FMJ bullets do not do a very good job on coyotes, ground squirrels or prairie dogs. They will kill coyotes if it is a good shot but the coyotes may run quite a ways before they fall over.

Just about any varmint bullet from 40 gr to 60 gr will work much better than a FMJ bullet will.
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Re: 223 questions

Postby Vav » Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:28 pm

Thanks for the info.
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Re: 223 questions

Postby TomKat » Mon Oct 08, 2012 1:55 pm

FMJ is for penetration. You want expanding bullets.

I like Nosler Ballistic tips for coyotes. I use 40 grn bullets, but the "standard" is probably 55 grn expanding bullets.
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Re: 223 questions

Postby lil dinamo » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:15 pm

In some states it is illegal to hunt with FMJ, even for coyotes. Check your regs if you do decide to use FMJ bullets. You will be better off to go with a varmint style bullet in the long run anyways.
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Re: 223 questions

Postby TROB » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:43 am

black hills 68gr MHP :thumbsup:

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Re: 223 questions

Postby Elvis Kiwi » Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:17 am

see if you can find some yellow boxed norinco 55grn fmj ...you will be surprised at how well it works as it does what the round was "designed" to do..tumbles on impact. Ive shot rabbits hares goats and wallabies and never found it wanting. now Im not saying its better than a cup n core round just the pick of the bunch in fmj.
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Re: 223 questions

Postby Duplex lover » Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:08 pm

Any of the "Varmint" bullets your using will do a good job on Coyotes :thumbsup: :grooving:
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Re: 223 questions

Postby Bernie P. » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:27 am

My 527 likes most anything from 40-55gr great.It has a 1-12 twist so 60gr is about as long/heavy as it can shoot well.
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Re: 223 questions

Postby R. Chapman » Wed May 21, 2014 12:17 am

The Barnes Varmint Grenades or Speer TNT's are pure hell on ground squirrels and coyotes if you don't care about ruining the meat. Otherwise, a Nosler Ballistic Tip or Hornady V-Max will work for "saving" the hide.
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