I purchased a Cooper .20 VarTarg a couple of years ago for ground squirrels, but thought about taking it on an upcoming coyote hunt. The VarTarg is nothing more than a .221 Fireball necked down to .20. I use 32-grain Nosler Ballistic tips with about 18 grains of the appropriate powder. I have not chronographed the load, but it is supposed to push the bullet into the mid 3,000 fps range.
I am going to northern Arizona, but have not hunted there, so I have no idea if these shots are going to be long or short. I usually use a .22-250 and don't expect to shoot past 300 yards. All my kills have been at 100 yards or less.
Since these bullets are on the light end of the spectrum, would using this cartridge drop the coyotes if the shot were not particularly well-placed? Should I just kiss off using the rifle and take along a heavier caliber? I hate to wound animals, then have to track them down later.
Yes it will definately kill coyotes but if i was expecting longer range shots i'd opt for a bigger cartridge .
My 221 hammers them out to 200yds but any farther i wouldn't be to confident in a DRT shot .
Over at coyotegods they worship the 17cal -you might not even be welcome there shooting that big bore 20cal..laf.
I've considered rebarrelling mine to 17 or 20 cal but doubt that i will ,if anything i might go with a 221 FB AI .
Also you might have better luck with a heavier bullet -like a 39gr sierra or 35 gr berger -that's two i hear shoot well in many guns .
Good luck !
AIPAC for president !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
18grns or about any powder should get you alot more than 3000, should be more like 3800. check your data and yes its plenty for a coyote, I have a 20 tac that i have shot tons of coyotes with and its just a bit faster than the vartarg
It was 3,000 PLUS (I forget just what the figure was supposed to be). I loaded about 150 rounds with the 32-grainers, just for ground squirrels, and yes, I would imagine that the 39-grain bullets would work better for coyotes. Ground squirrels are about as large as half the head of a coyote and tend to turn to red mist and a provide for a good anatomy lesson with the VarTarg or other centerfires. I have not shot probably more than 50 rounds through the rifle (two years old), since I kind of got off the ground squirrel kick, purchased a Fox Pro caller system and haven't had the chance to get out and use the VarTarg. I plan to visit a friend soon in Arizona; he is a newbie with no rifle and I thought I would loan him the .22-250 or .270, and use the VT instead. I will load up some heavier bullets for the VT for later on this year. The friend knows which land is available, knows the ranchers, etc., so I don't have to spend a lot of time trying to find a place to hunt. He said the coyotes are thick where he lives.
The rains in California pretty much ensure snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and I want to wait until things dry out a bit more. It is supposed to rain this week, next week and Lord knows when it will stop, so I just do other things in the meantime. Even the local rifle range is a total bog after all this rain.
Ol Mike, I tried to register at (Coyotegods.com Home Page), but ran into a brick wall. I filled out all the info, was still not let onto the site, tried to contact them and was then informed that my message was undeliverable. Is the site still active, and if so, is it worth it for me to try to contact them again? If not, I won't waste my valuable time.
They have a lot of people come there and dispute the owner of the website -John Henry so maybe he shut it down ?
I don't log on anymore i just read there -so again i don't know what the deal is with signing on.