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Old 03-09-2004, 11:01 PM
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.223 for general varminting

I have a guestion for all those who have .223
experiance.

I am thinking about trading in some stuff for a smaller,gentler plinking gun.

I would be using it for coyote and such as well as plinking. I was thinking about trying the .223 for this.

What do you all think?
I have very little experiance with this rnd.
And to what yardage would you be willing to use this?(coyotes,and such)

Any help would be appreciated!

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Old 03-10-2004, 05:48 AM
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Re: .223 for general varminting

I have a bolt rifle in 223 and love the little thing. I use it for groundhogs, steel targets and deer. I wouldn't expect to use it on deer much past 300 yards but for groundhogs I'd think 500 yards would be easy. I shoot Federal Gold Medal Match (GMM)with the 69 Sierra Match King (MK).
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Old 03-10-2004, 07:53 AM
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Re: .223 for general varminting

I love the 223 for varmints. It is fun and relatively cheap to shoot.

if you need a bunch of decent brass for a good price check www.rvow.com -- if you dont need so much, go with winchester or lapua.

anywho -- i love it for PD's and groundhogs -- i have dropped several ghogs in their tracks past 400yds with 50 vmax, It will get you to 500 on varmints as long as you can get it there--heavy bullets like dave shoots will get you there with a little more poop left--but for that (with factory guns)you need to get a savage with a 9 twist barrel--most others are 12 twist (like mine) and can only go up to about 60gns.

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Old 03-10-2004, 06:42 PM
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Re: .223 for general varminting

I have a 223 in a Remington 700 VLS. Its fun to shoot and is very easy to load for. There are a ton of different 224 bullets for it. Win 748, H-335, BLC-2 and Varget all work great for me. I have taken deer with this gun, shot placement being the rule. The little 223 shines best on chucks and crows. Its a very accurate round. My advice to you is to find somebody with a 223 and buy some rounds for it and spend the day in a target rich enviornment. I suspect you will go from there to the nearest gun shop and buy one for yourself. Good luck with your choice. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 03-10-2004, 09:42 PM
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Re: .223 for general varminting

Thanks for the help!!


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Old 03-11-2004, 03:09 PM
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Re: .223 for general varminting

The Savage is the way to go. The barrel is a 1:9" twist so when you do get into handloads, you can use heavier bullets if you wish.
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Old 03-11-2004, 04:21 PM
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Re: .223 for general varminting

The 223 sighted at 200 will put a coyote into a tailspin to 300 easy and a lot further with a heavier bullet and range work.Even ben known to tip prairie dogs over past 700 yards.
The Savage is a great action but stay away fron the tuperware stock(the fugly one).
For some reason my Ruger VT keeps a lot better sight picture than the Savage 223 Tactical(reinfourced tuperware stock).
The AR makes a great coyote gun [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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