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.20 VarTarg: Enough firepower for coyotes?

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Unread 02-20-2010, 08:31 PM
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Re: .20 VarTarg: Enough firepower for coyotes?

I have not tried the Nosler bullets in my .204, but I have hit 5 coyotes with the 32 gr. Sierras and NEVER KEPT ANY DOWN. I knocked 1 down 3 times and still didn`t get him. I don`t think that any of the 32 gr. 20 cal. bullets would be a good choice. I did learn the the Sierra has a jacket of .009 and the Hronady has a jacket of .014 which would be a help. I should say that about all of the coyotes I shoot are running and I don`t always put the bullets into the chest, infact most are hit dead in the Texas eyeball, an with my AR and 55 gr. soft point I have only had 2 - 1 shot kills. I`m sure more would have died without the second shot, but if he is moveing I am shooting.
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    Unread 02-21-2010, 01:22 AM
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    Re: .20 VarTarg: Enough firepower for coyotes?

    jacack, how many yards do you think would be maximum 1 shot kill distance?
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    i too have had some need more than one shot with the 32grn bulllets, i switched to the 39 and havent had any problems, I have been shooting the 20 tactical since about 2002 and have a few get away but most where bad shots. I run mine hot, alot hotter than you can get the vartarg as in i get 3950 with the 39's and have killed clean one shots out to about 380 i would say with the vartargs speed i would think anything 300 and under should be a bang flop if you hit them right. but thats just me i have killed a few with the vartarg but none over 200.
    I have a buddy that lives in South dakota and he started shooting the 40bergers but hasnt shot but a few and had mixed results.
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    Re: .20 VarTarg: Enough firepower for coyotes?

    Thanks for responding, just curious.

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    Re: .20 VarTarg: Enough firepower for coyotes?

    With my vartarg the 32 grainers work pretty well out to 300 but you have to watch shot placement. With my 20-250 and the 45 grain sp it sees like they die no matter what. (could just be in my head) I love the 20 caliber for all varmits.

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    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.
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    Re: .20 VarTarg: Enough firepower for coyotes?

    You hit Coyote and knocked him down three times? Where did you hit him?
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