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Coyote 243 Bullet Choice

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Old 01-04-2010, 11:13 AM
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Re: Coyote 243 Bullet Choice

good to know about the bergers performance, I have a box of 115's. looking forward to see how they shoot out of my new rig.
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:43 AM
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Re: Coyote 243 Bullet Choice

I have used the 55-grain Nosler Ballistic Tips for coyotes in my .22-250. They do not penetrate as well as I feel they should, but they do get the job done. The BT is great for ground squirrels (absolutely disintegrates them) and Praire Dogs, but I would opt for a more penetrating bullet for coyotes, and would stay away from BTs if saving pelts is important. The BT is meant to fragment more than the other Nosler bullets and does so at impact, rather than staying together for optimum penetration. I am speaking from my experience only; Nosler or others might disagree. I have loaded some Nosler Accubonds, but have not tried them out.

Also, I feel that the Sierra bullets would be worth a try, but again, I have not reloaded Sierras for the .22-250. The Sierra bulletsmiths always have been a lot of help. Call them on the phone.
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:45 PM
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Re: Coyote 243 Bullet Choice

I've done alot of prairie dog shooting, hand loading for all of it. Using 223 / 22-250, 40gr NBT works great. Shot two coyotes with a 22-250 using a 40gr NBT. This bullet is too lite, it explodes on the surface.
Bought two DPMS rifles a LR243 & 243L. I use 70gr NBT in both. Shot a porcupine at 330 yards with the LR243 ( 20" barrel ) one shot no exit wound. Also shot a coyote at 165 yards ( just behind the shoulder ) large exit wound. The porcupine fell out of the tree and the coyote dropped in his tracks. I think it's the perfect coyote bullet. The DPMS can shoot one inch at 300 yards, it's the most accurate rifle I've used. My DPMS 243L has a 18" barrel, it's a great rifle also, & it likes the 70gr NBT.
Haven't shot many coyotes but this 70gr NBT seems to be the way to go. I use Varget powder. Any input?
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:11 PM
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Re: Coyote 243 Bullet Choice

if it were me i would try the Bergers. They work great on game just make sure you have the right twist. 90 or 95 grain will work great. I would not mess with anything under 85 grains because if you have to make a 600 yard shot those can be pushed around too easily. Also i have had good success with the 87 Grain Hornady V-max. My choice would be the Bergers though.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:37 PM
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Re: Coyote 243 Bullet Choice

I use the Nosler Ballistic Tip almost exclusively for hunting and quiet a bit of target shooting. I have no qualm with their performance on game or targets. Their stunning acccuracy, (.1-.3) in my rifles, provides me with the confidence I need to make pin point accurate hits. The Sierra Match Kings are a close second with regards to accuracy. I have bought quiet a few Hornady bullets over the past 25yrs and have yet to have a V-max in any caliber provide the accuracy that a Ballistic Tip will. The tighest I ever got the 87gn V-Max to group was .4". Everybodies mileage varies though, and the required accuracy is subjective.
The Bergers, well I got the 115gn (.257) to shoot fantasticly in my .25-06 Sendero but could not get the 168gn (.284) to shoot under a 1/2" in my 700P 7Mag, with several combinations.
If I were to set my .243 up for coyotes I would reload the 90-95gn Ballistic Tip. Either of these can be pushed to 3100+fps and will provide the accuracy and knock down needed to connect and kill coyotes at 600-700 yds. I currently am shooting the 95gn ahead of 44.0gn of VihtaVuori N560 with a BR2 primer. This combo allows me to make consistent hits on targets and game out to 600yds easily (almost boringly). Give it a whirl, you won't be dissatisfied, I don't believe. JohnnyK.
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:42 AM
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Re: Coyote 243 Bullet Choice

At least it is good to know that DPMS offers the rifle in .243 caliber. Problem is that the goo-goos in California have voted into office such people As Arnie Schwartzenegger, who seems to have no problems signing legislation outlawing "assault rifles" (whatever that is) in the state; as such, I am unable to purchase or even own one and will have to go to something like a Savage bolt-action or Browning BAR (if I want semi-automatic) in .243. Arnie even okayed "microetching" recently; we are trying to get the law overturned, but we have to put with the misinformation spewed out by the national media, so we are at a real disadvantage. If a lie is repeated long enough, California lawmakers eventually regard it as "truth." These laws do nothing to slow down gun-related crime. Sorry to get political, but this is the reality.

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Old 02-10-2010, 07:54 PM
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Re: Coyote 243 Bullet Choice

I'm shooting under 400 yds for 99.9% of my dog hunting I have both the 70 blitz and 75 flatbase vmax hp loaded up with varget. I'm at 3520fps. Both bullets have been mollied. I find that the vmax kills better but like others not extreme in the accuracy department.
I've shot them from 15' to 545yds with the blitz king load. If it exits you got some sewing to do. I prefer to shoot when they are coming in rather than stopping them. This usually means a frontal chest shot no exit.
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