Re: .223 Coyote Load. Need advice.
Just had to figure the same problem out for myself.
In years past I used a 22-250 with a 52 grain A-Max, the bullet was great on pelts.
I bought an AR a couple of months ago, and have shot 5 coyotes in the past 3 weeks. Results were poor ! killed the yote quick but created massive holes in the fur.
I figured the problem was that the 223 velocity was too slow for the 52 A-max.
(and yes, I lost out on $200.00, they are bringing around 40 to 50 dollars here)
I switched to a 40 grain v-max last week, and that seems to be the ticket ! Little entrance hole, and no exit hole. I have tested the bullets out to 400 yards on windy days and I can tell you that the wind drift is only 1" diffrent than a 55 grain hornady vmax.
With a 40 grain bullet you get a much higher velocity, making the round much flatter shooting, and easier to just put the crosshairs on the coyote and pull the trigger, no hold over.