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Varmint Gernade Splash Wounds

 
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:50 PM
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Varmint Gernade Splash Wounds

A buddy of mine was shooting 36gr Varmint grenades, then went to 50gr VG because he was getting splash wounds on coyotes over 100 yards. With the 50's I figured problem solved. We spent the past couple weeks working up loads for both of our rifles. Well today, we got a chance to try them out. Same problem. We are both changing bullets for this reason. I just picked up some 55gr V-max. I don't know what he will go to, but it won't be any more VG's for either of us. I guess I'll use these for smaller critters this summer.

Have any of you guys seen this or had the same experience?
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:53 PM
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Re: Varmint Gernade Splash Wounds

What caliber?
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:07 PM
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Re: Varmint Gernade Splash Wounds

I tried the 36gr VG in .222Rem thinking they might result in a small entry hole with lots of internal expansion and no exit hole. I took a shot at a 200-yd coyote last fall; thought I made a solid shot. The coyote spun and dropped and I figured it was a goner until it recovered and ran over the hill never to be seen again. I figured the bullet must have expanded on the surface and didn't make it to the vitals.

I decided to switch to 55gr V-Max
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:30 PM
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Re: Varmint Gernade Splash Wounds

From what I have seen with 50 gr Varmint Grenades out of a 223 Rem and the 62 gr Varmint Grenades out of a 243 Win and a 243 WSSM, they do not perform as reliable as good lead varmint bullets do.

With my 243 Win and 243 WSSM I get more exit holes on coyotes with the Barnes 62 gr Varmint Grenades than I got with 75 gr V-Max bullets.

I shot quite a few ground squirrels with 50 gr Varmint Grenades out of my RRA Predator Pursuit 223 and some of the squirrels made it down their holes with their guts hanging out. Pretty much any lead bullet I have shot out of a 223 Rem into a squirrel I don't remember any crawling off and going down their hole.

The only reason I am shooting Lead Free bullets is because I have to. From what I have seen lead bullets are much more reliable and have much better BCs than the Lead Free bullets do.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:52 PM
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Re: Varmint Gernade Splash Wounds

Im throwing the 36 grainer out of a 220 swift at 4450 fps. good thing i am only going to use these on sod poodles.
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:33 AM
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Re: Varmint Gernade Splash Wounds

The 55gr Vmax will solve your problem. I've heard similar reports from several people who've tried the VGs. They seem best suited for rodent control.
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Old 03-28-2014, 01:41 PM
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Re: Varmint Gernade Splash Wounds

I can't find where now, but I read a post on the varmint gernade stating that no faster than 1/14 or 1/12 twist would be needed for this bullet. Apparently it opens too soon with faster twist.
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