Re: The Perfect 6 mm Coyote Bullet??
I have used 55 grain ballistic tips in my .22-250, and the bullet puts a hole about 2-3" in diameter in the animal. Not too good for saving the pelt. The ballistic tip blows up ground squirrels into red mist and body parts, but I think a bullet with less fragmentation and just a bit more penetration might be better. I don't stand firm here, because I haven't talked to other hunters who use different bullets. I load the cases with 32-33 grains of H4895, CCI bench rest primers, with bullets seated about .010" off the lands. 26" Hart heavy SS barrel with 1:14 twist, massaged stock trigger set at 1 1/2#, Remington blueprinted 40X action by Darrell Holland. McMillan camo stock. I love this rifle (built in 1996), even though it is heavy, but it does the job.....always. It works for squirrels and coyotes as well.
If I were to build a rifle for coyotes only, and if I shot at longer ranges, I would have gone with a 6mmBR or .243. It is really splitting hairs; either way the animal ends up dead, but then again, I don't save pelts, so it really doesn't matter what I use. The above reload results in a 7" bullet drop at 300 yards with 100 yard zero. Is this considered a flat trajectory for the .22-250? I have no idea, but it is flat enough for me to use Kentucky windage. Since the rifle is a single-shot, I have to wait for the coyote to stop, since it takes too long to rack in another cartridge for a second shot at a running animal.
Last edited by Goofycat; 01-20-2010 at 12:25 PM.