Re: .20 VarTarg: Enough firepower for coyotes?
I am kind of getting from the above posts that velocity might not be the culprit. With the VT at around 3600 or so, and the .204/Tactical, etc., around 3900-4000 fps, it seems that the problem is either with shot placement or with using the wrong type of bullet. My experience with the .22-250, using 55-grain Nosler Ballistic Tips traveling at 3500-3600 fps at the muzzle, the bullets tend to splatter (as they are designed to do), as evidenced by the huge 2-3" entrance holes they leave.
If the the lower-weight bullets splatter immediately upon hitting the animal, they obviously will not tend to travel as far into the animal. To immediately kill the animal, the 32-grain bullet must penetrate either the brain or the heart. If this small bullet first hits the shoulder bone, etc., the animal will just be wounded and/or die a slow death. Larger bullets can also hit bone first, before penetrating through the bone, but even if they miss a vital area, such as the heart, aorta, etc., the shock factor takes over, and the animal will die shortly from blood loss. This is not exactly humane.
I use a .22-250 with no problems, other than that the Ballistic Tips I have used are not the right choice. I anticipate using my .20 VarTarg, but not with 32-grain Ballistic Tips, or anything other bullet that light. It seems reasonable that heavier bullets (39-40 grains) would be more appropriate, as long as they were designed to penetrate and mushroom, rather than splatter. So.....who makes such a bullet? I would love to load some up for the upcoming hunt.