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Old 04-18-2007, 08:10 PM
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What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting

I'd like to know how far a good .223 bedded with pillars and good factory ammo can make a clean kill on varmints. This question is besides shooter skill.
I've been thinking of getting a CZ 527 Varmint in .223 with a Bushnell Elite 4200 Tactical scope, But need to know if this caliber is okay and it's max efficient range.
I initially wanted the 22-250, but that's changed.

This would be for small game varying in sizes between rabbit and fox.
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Old 04-18-2007, 08:28 PM
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Re: What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting

Get the 22-250 hands down!! I would say the 223 is good out to 300-400 yards max for stopping power on varmints. Well Groundhogs and smaller. I have shot Varmints with everything from a 17HMR to a 7mm STW. And the 22-250 is my favorite all around Varmint gun. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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Old 04-18-2007, 08:29 PM
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Re: What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting

The longest kill I've had with a 223, was 602 yards on a small cotton tail rabbit. I used a 50grn V-max at around 3400fps out of a 25" barrel. I put 16 MOA of elevation into the scope. I mostly used my 223 for 100 to 300 yard shots, that seem to be were the 223 really did it's best work. However, if you use a high BC bullet like one of the Sierra Match King's, you will have better results accuracy wise at longer ranges, but the killing power will not be as effective with these types of bullets.

The 223 is a great cartridge. However, if you want to shoot past 300 yards, I would look at the 22-250. If your going to hand load, I would choose the 220 Swift over both the 223 and 22-250. The 220 Swift will out perform the 223 and 22-250 all day long. Sorry, 223 and 22-250 guys, but it's true.

Good luck, and let us know what you decide on.

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Old 04-18-2007, 09:04 PM
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Re: What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting

I woulden't shoot at animals past 500yds with it , I feel that bullets with deciant BC have to much weight for the 223 to shoot fast enough for good expansion if that makes sense?

The 223 with V-max style bullets in the 50-55gr class wil definatly shoot alot further , accuratly than 500yds but the speed has dropped down a good bit and might not be enough to expand the bullet well on a bigger critter.

Now that said I shot a big (70-90lbs)trouble dog at our lease at a lazered 694yds with a 14.5" barreled AR-15 and factory BlackHills 77gr ammo , it did take several shots but one finaly connected , he died ,but ran over 100yds and the exit hole was about the size of a dime. NOTE this gun has a 1-8 twist Not to sure what the 223 your looking at has likely a 1-10 or 1-12 which won't shoot much over 60grs. to well.
I would definatly opt for the 22-250 or if the range is longr and the critters may be a big bigger the 243 with a 55gr bullet at ofe 4000fps is awsome on varmints to 600yds which is the furthest I've seen any shot with it. The 243 with the 55gr bullet does to a coyote at 500yds what the 22-250 does at 300yds
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Re: What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting

The best factory ammo I found so far was the Federal 55 gr Nosler Ballistic Tip.
Specs at muzzle:
vfps: 3240, energy: 1282
Specs at 500 yrds
vfps: 1653, energy: 333,
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Old 04-19-2007, 03:49 AM
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Re: What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting

I've shot groundhogs just at 500 yards with a 223 Rem. It's not nearly devastating on them at that distance but a good spine, brain or chest hit will generally keep them from getting into their hole. It you need to stop the varmint in short order a 223 Rem is just about out of steam unless you find a bullet that'll frangment well at 500 yard 223 Rem velocities.
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Re: What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting

Furthest I have taken a PD with a similar (lesser cartridge) is in the 500 yd. range with a 10.5" 221 Fireball using 40 gr NBT's-Killed the dog quickly but not with the violence one would see with closer shot.
How far do you want to attain?
I'm getting ready to get a 223 myself soon.
It will be nice to have a cartridge that is not so hard on throat life compared to some of my other cartridges.
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