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What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting

 
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Old 04-19-2007, 07:32 AM
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Re: What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting

I've taken groundhogs with mine using 40gr V-Max bullets out to 480yds. However, most are shot under 300yds with this rig. If shots beyond 400 are only done occasionally, I say go for the 223. If you will be consistently shooting varmints at 400+yds, I would go with a 243 or something similar. You will have better killing capability, even on shots that aren't that well placed, and significantly less drift due to wind. The 223 is a fine cartridge, but there are better tools when you start trying to reach way out there, especially with varmint style bullets.
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Re: What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting

I have that exact gun only with the kevlar stock and have used it to kill average sized chucks at 650 yards. My load is using he 40 grain VMAX and a stiff charge of RL10x for a velo of a little over 4000 fps with the current lot. With factory ammo, you could probably subtract 100 to 150 yards from my range.

If you go to anything bigger than 223, you will have to get the 550 action which is a good action but is quite a bit bigger and the 527 is just so dang cute!

If you want more range than a 223 but want to stay in the 527 action, go with the 204 ruger. Flatter shooting than a 22-250 and on par with the swift and it burns less powder and is less fussy. My buddy can outshoot my 223 with his 204 by about 100 yards max effective killing range.
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Old 04-19-2007, 11:48 AM
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Re: What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting

I watched a guy shoot an 11" group w/a factory Savage 12BVSS 223 @ the MO 1000 yds br match!! He was using 75 gr Bergers.
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Re: What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting

A 1-8"ish twist would make a world of difference.
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Re: What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting

I just found a .223 factory round that could compete with the 22-250 past 500 yrds. The Hornady 75 GR TAP-FPD. I talked with them and it would be good for hunting to 500yrds and maybe a bit farther. At the 500 yrd mark it has more speed and energy than the 22-250. Check it out and let me know what you all think.
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Re: What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting

B.C. does wonderous things. That said, those rounds use Hornady's BTHP 75 grainer, while I would expect for varmint hunting that the 75 Amax would give you superior terminal effects. (also sports a slightly higher b.c.)

Black Hills also makes several heavy, high b.c. .223 loads.

You'll need at least a 1-9 twist to stabalize any of them, and I expect a 1-8 would be safer.
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Re: What is the max rang a .223 is good at for Varmint hunting

I thought we were talking about a factory rig that I'm guessing has a 1-12 or 1-14 twist. Is it reasonable to expect this twist to stabilize the heavier bullets that are being talked about here? In my experience, 60-70gr bullets have been the heaviest I could go with this twist rate. If we're talking a custom tube with 1-8 twist, that opens many more possibilites. If you're open to buiding something, a 223 AI would be a beautiful thing.
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