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Best coyote bullet for .22-250

 
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Old 01-02-2011, 05:50 PM
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Best coyote bullet for .22-250

I had started with Nosler Ballistic Tip 55-grainers a few years ago, but feel that those bullets are just a little too fragmentary for quick kills. I do not collect pelts and would like to know which bullet in my reloads might give me a quicker kill, yet retain the accuracy of the BTs in my .22-250. Nosler Partitions, one of the Bergers? Accubonds? Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 01-02-2011, 06:03 PM
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Re: Best coyote bullet for .22-250

My vote is for Berger. The varmint variety is what I use in my 22-250......they used to be called MEF.

I've never tried the Partitions or Accubonds on coyotes......The Bergers have shot better than I can in the field, and I have no complaints on their ability to quickly take down a coyote.
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:20 PM
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Re: Best coyote bullet for .22-250

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I had started with Nosler Ballistic Tip 55-grainers a few years ago, but feel that those bullets are just a little too fragmentary for quick kills. I do not collect pelts and would like to know which bullet in my reloads might give me a quicker kill, yet retain the accuracy of the BTs in my .22-250. Nosler Partitions, one of the Bergers? Accubonds? Any advice would be appreciated.
Have you actually tried them on coyote and found they didn't give quick kills?

As long as a bullet is tough enough to get through to the vitals, fragmentation actually causes more damage and will result in a faster kill. I think you're agonizing over something needlessly. Use the bullet that is most accurate in your gun be they Noslers, Bergers, Hornadys, etc.

All that said, my 22-250 bullet is the Speer 70 gr. Semi-Spitzer. Between my 22-250 and 222, it has accounted for a couple of deer, rabbits, groundhogs, etc.
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:17 PM
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Re: Best coyote bullet for .22-250

i use 50 baltips in mine nor problem. i have killed 250 coyotes. if you want try a 60 baltip, 60 horn , 63 sierra. they all shoot good in mine.
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:27 AM
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Re: Best coyote bullet for .22-250

All I know is that the BL tips leave a rather large hole. To me, this equated to not much penetration, and I might have been influenced by reading some articles that say penetration is the key to quick (quicker?) kills. If Ballistic Tips are no problem to you guys, I'll stay with them.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:52 PM
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Re: Best coyote bullet for .22-250

First of all are you shooting with a 1:14 twist barrel or a 1:12 twist barrel? This is critical!! With a 1:14 twist your pretty much stuck with 55 grain and smaller bullets (sometimes a 60 grain Nosler PT will stabalize). You might try the 55 grain Vmax at about 3300 fps (forget the 3500 fps stuff as the bullet works better at 3200 to 3300 fps). If you got a 1:12 twist barrel I'd start out with the 60 grain Nosler. It's a little shorter than the Hornaday, and probably will group a little tighter with that twist rate. I do shoot the Hornaday with groups running around .60", yet have never seriously tried to work up a load for the bullet. I think it's good for a half inch anyway.

Savage does sell a 22-250 with a 1:9 twist barrel, and these seem to work very well with the heavy 22 centerfire bullets. I wish Remington would finally drop the 1:14 twist rate in their 22-250 for a better 1;12 twist design. Bullets are much longer these days than when the 1:14 twist was king, and the 12 twist works much better with them (I'd rather have a 1:11 twist). My goto dog bullet for the last ten years has been the 55 grain Vmax. Works very well in 14 twist barrels
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:22 PM
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Re: Best coyote bullet for .22-250

Tricky, thanks for those tidbits. I have always liked V-Max bullets in my .222 and .20 VarTarg, and use either V-Max or Noslers in those rifles...mostly for ground squirrels. I have seen no real difference in accuracy and usually purchase which bullet is on sale. I have about 400 rounds loaded with the 55-grain Noslers for the .22-250, however, and would like to use them up, even though it might take a while. I loaded 1,000 rounds of them about 13 years ago when I didn't know better.

I think the twist is 1:14, but I would have to get the rifle out of the safe in the garage to check. The rifle shoots very accurately with the present loads and as long as the BTs are doing the job, I'll just leave things the way they are. I brought up the question of which might be a better bullet because I had nothing to compare the BTs with.
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