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Old 12-06-2010, 03:54 PM
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Best load for coyotes!! please look

I just recently bought a Remington 700 sps Varmint 243. win with a 26" bull barrel, im going out to pick up a Vortex Viper 6.5-20x44mm tonight i believe and im hoping to get some load work done this week and test it out this weekend. This guns primary use is for coyotes, targets out to 500-600 yards, ground hogs and crows. But mainly coyotes. I was thinking of running the 75 grain V-Max or the 87 Grain V-Max. Which do you suggest for coyotes at ranges 400 yards and closer. I will test both out to see which gives better accuracy but in terms of better bullet for the job, which do you suggest?

I also dont know which powders to use? I have the H4895, H380, RL-22 and RL-17. I think the H380 and the RL-22 might show the best results?
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:53 PM
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Re: Best load for coyotes!! please look

Unless we're calling them in, in my experience; coyotes within the 1/4 mile mark usually know we're there before we see them. They don't usually give us much time to prepare for a shot (range and compute, then dial knobs and so forth)

Therefore, I am a proponent of fast and flat shooting. Less time of flight on moving shots and a broadside yote gives us more lee-way with wind drift than with elevation cause the vitals are oblong.

Either bullet will give you enough energy to cleanly take a yote at the distances you mentioned so long as you hit the vitals. The lighter bullet is a little faster (assuming factory advertised velocities) and gives you a couple inches better trajectory. The heavier one gives you a couple inches less wind drift.

Sixes in all reality, so it probably boils down to which one shoots the best out of your rifle.

I look for consistent 1" to 1 1/2" groups at 300 yds (calm day, bench rest, well tuned load)

Highly recommend a holdover syle reticle. Practice with it and learn/record where to hold at distances out to 600. This will save you alot of time when you're presented with a shot. Time that should be spent on getting into the most stable position possible. Coyotes vitals aren't a whole lot taller than a pop can.

Good Luck.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:45 AM
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Re: Best load for coyotes!! please look

I shoot 75gr Vmax's in my 6-284 and they shoot quite well.

Shot one saturday with it and it left a baseball size hole on the opposite side. Soooo I'd say they aren't very fur friendly if that's of any concern.
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:13 AM
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Re: Best load for coyotes!! please look

try a Sierra 80 grain Blitz at about 3400 fps. Round seems to group well, and is total distruction on impact (no pelt damage as there's no pelt left)
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:19 AM
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Re: Best load for coyotes!! please look

i have killed over 250 and used quite a few different bullets. some of the better ones are the 55, 70 baltip, the 85 sierra bthp, the 87 horn and berger and 88 berger. i use varget and I-4064 for accuracy. you may get higher velocity with h-4350, h-4831sc, re-17,19 and 22. i would use what ever groups best at the longest range.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:58 AM
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Re: Best load for coyotes!! please look

My two favorites in the .243 are two that have already been talked about, the Sierra 80grn Blitz & the 87grn V-max. They both have the ability to make you smile when you dump a yote a high velocity, & both have proven to me, to be extremely accurate in the .243 with FED 210m's & RL-19.
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:27 PM
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I'd like to shoot the 87vmax instead of the 75's that I currently use in my 6-284 but I'm afraid my 1-12tw is a tick to slow for the 87's. :(
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