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Old 03-15-2013, 09:53 AM
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Re: Small Caliber Long Range Questions

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my opinion after shooting over 250 coyotes the .223 is not a long range coyote gun. i would use one of the 60 grain bullets - berger , hornady, nosler. to get "max range". a 9 twist 22-243 or 22-250 bettter for long range. a .243 even better.
Agreed: that it is not the best long range caliber, but she can reach if need be.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:48 PM
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Re: Small Caliber Long Range Questions

Hey,
I'm also new here and new to the long range game.
I've been thinking of getting a .308 and topping it with a Nikon m-308 scope. It is made for the ar platform, but the recitle is more specific to the caliber than the platform. If i were to recomend a scope to you it would be the m-223 4-16 bdc 600. It will have the recitle matched to you caliber, and you can verify it by using the spot on software.
Here is the link for the scope:
M-223 4-16x42 BDC 600 from Nikon
Also, this one has the turrets you can set, if you prefer to make the adjustments for long distance. Personally, I think that 600 is about the limit for this particular caliber, and you should do just fine with the bdc 600.

Happy shootin'
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:42 PM
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Re: Small Caliber Long Range Questions

if your still on the stevens barrel, mine did good with 69gr SMK and ok with 69gr PPU. but the 77s never would group good enough to hunt with.

The 55 and 60gr Vmax worked really good in it with H332 or H322.

I killed many a deer and coyotes with it. Furthest coyote was of my buddys hay field @ 375. it was a luck shot, but it was hit in the neck and dropped dead.

If you wanna go a lil longer range, look into the 22-250 with a fast twist barrel and some heavies. mine loves 80gr bergers at 3200fps, 26" 9 twist.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:17 AM
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Re: Small Caliber Long Range Questions

thanks for the info fellas. I ended up trading a Leupold VX-III 4.5-14 for a few collector pocket knives I had. So no money out of pocket...

I have some 69gnSMK's loaded up and ready to test. if nothing there I have 150+/- 60gn V-max to try. Ijust wish the weather would makeup it's mind. I was 70 on friday, when I had to work and cold and rainy all weekend....
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:09 AM
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Re: Small Caliber Long Range Questions

Assuming you are going to dial up with the Leupold--make sure the scope is perfectly in alignment with the bore, otherwise you will be canting as you come up. I shot a fast twist .223 for Coyotes for the first time this year (usually using a Shilen/Swift) with 69SMK and shot several at 350 yds and some at 250--results do vary from shot to shot with this bullet. If you shoot a bolt gun the 75 Amax may be a better answer. I bought a bunch of 65 SGK but so far unimpressed, at least on milk jug performance.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:19 AM
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Re: Small Caliber Long Range Questions

My wife is saving milk jugs for the same reason. I like to have an idea of whats happening. Maybe the 64gn Berger is the bullet for this.

I saw a thread or article here about setting up a scope to get the most adjustment for long range. I can't find it now. Anyone know what I'm looking for?
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:29 PM
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Re: Small Caliber Long Range Questions

Without being repetitive, is the .223 case what you want to stay with for cost reasons or would you want any other caliber? If you re-barrel, you can have almost ANY caliber you want regardless of case head size for about 45 bucks additional in changing the bolt head. Savage/Stevens have a huge advantage in caliber changes.
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