Re: Blancoman, I could not get Varget to group with several bullets......
I totally agree with you about the Varget powder in small caliber rifles. This guy however is looking to save the hides. Every time I use a polimer tip bullet it blows big exit holes. I have a lot of axis deer on my place and I tan the hides. SMK's produce an exit hole of about a half inch. For long range when I want something to fall down immediately I use the hornady A-Max. Please remember that average whitetail deer in this part of Texas weigh in under a hundred pounds. Big Bucks top out around 160. I have seen larger but that is not the norm. Soft skined coyote should be about the same as our average deer as far as exit wound and hide damage.
We have a rifle range that is 400 yards. We shoot the 243's with the 100g Hornady BTSP with half the group size that you are getting with these other bullets. Of course, wind is a factor. Our two loads are 42.3g of IMR or H 4350 with a Win Primer, bullets seated .030 off the lands and 45.0g of IMR 7828 with the bullet seated touching the lands in a different rifle.
My step brother killed two yotes with this bullet recently and they looked as if they had been shot with a 17, but were instantly stone dead when hit.
Back in 1980 when pelts were sky high, I tried some speer 90g full metal jacket. I lost every coyote that I shot with them.
I don't know what the 95g Ballistic tip would do, they would be worth a try, but the Hornady 100g SPBT is a very accurate and much cheaper bullet.
In the early 80's, I tried the 75g Hornady Hp and lost several yotes on one hunting trip due to bullet failure. I had the same experience with the 87g BTHP. I think that the lead tip will give you some expansion, but not too much on the 100g...a ballistic tip may blow off the entire shoulder on the off side. You will just have to try some of the bullets and see.
The Sierra 60g HP is a great bullet for yotes, also. It is a tough bullet and will not explode on the surface. I shot them at 4000 fps out of a custom 26" 6mm Rem and they still did not blow up hides, and they did not have the usual, "PLOP" that you associate with a bullet hit due to their speed.
If I were hide hunting again with a 243, I would go with a 60g HP and a 100g Hornady. The after shooting some yotes with both, make my mind then. I'm not stuck on a ballistic tip bullet at all when it comes to yotes.
I did shoot some yotes with a 70g Ballistic tip, and the holes were a little bigger than the 60's.
Remember when you are shooting any gun, that when you hit a rib on the off side, there is going to be a big tear.
I shoot the 95gr bergers out of my 243 and I would not use it if you want to save hides. The first one I shot was about 100 yards running away. I hit him high in the back and it split him open. The only other one was at 542 yards and it went in his chest and out his ass with only a 1/2 exit hole. I shot a few deer broad side with them, closest being about 200 and furthest being just under 400, and the bullet passed through with about a 2 inch hole on the exit. Exactly what I wanted in those cases.
I guess I should have been more clear. Those numbers are not group size, but rather the amount of DROP for the different bullets. I am interested in bullet performance, then I will get them to shoot tiny little groups.
thanks for the info.
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I've used the 55g's at 4100fps out of a .243. It kills them quite well, but leaves entry holes sometimes pretty nasty if you hit bone. They usually dont exit because there to light/fast of a bullet. They dont penetrate to far at all. Its a toss up, but I'd use the 70g BT. It would hold up a tad better incase you get a runner or two from lack of penetration.
I shoot the 70g Blitz King with amazing accuracy in a 700 sporter with Win Brass, Fed 210, bullet touching lands, 42.0g of IMR 4064. Actually, 39.5-42 shoots real well, but at 300 the 42.0g shoots the best.