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What high BC 223 coyote load for 500 yards?

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Unread 01-19-2012, 01:23 AM
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Re: What high BC 223 coyote load for 500 yards?

Well said. I have used a number of bullets on longer range coyotes out of the AR (and in fact wrote the article u mention), and of all i've used, the best overall for distances out to 500 yds. was probably the 65 Sierra Gameking. This last lot of JLK LD's was harder than the 1st and am having to meplat uniform them to get acceptable performance to 400 or so. That bullet sure shoots accurately and consistently though.
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Unread 01-19-2012, 04:55 PM
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Re: What high BC 223 coyote load for 500 yards?

thank you very much sscoyote i was hoping you would see my thread. from the article it looked like you had tryd several of these bullets but didnt talk much about them. i looked at the 65 sierra SPBT and was interested but nobody had really shot them so i was lacking info.
thanks everyone,
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Unread 01-19-2012, 07:18 PM
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Re: What high BC 223 coyote load for 500 yards?

Kinda light for 500 yds but look at the 53 gr vmax has a fairly high BC they shoot great thru my AR with a 1-9 twist.
My question though is why would you shoot a coyote at 500yds when you can call em into less than 100?
Not to offend I'm sure you have a plan.

Coyotes: The other white meat
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Unread 01-20-2012, 01:03 PM
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Re: What high BC 223 coyote load for 500 yards?

well thats a good question but since everyone and their dog has got an electronic caller around here and im just getting into the calling thing so the coyotes are call shy and i dont plan on shooting a coyote at or beyond 400 everyday im just saying that i want to put a load together that will work good for the 200-350 yard shots and the occasional 500 yard shot. And i like to shoot for fun so i set up coffee cans at lond range and shoot them on nice days. and no offence takin.
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Unread 02-03-2012, 10:53 PM
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Re: What high BC 223 coyote load for 500 yards?

Hope you got a good dog to follow them up, they go along way after shot. The last 7 have run 50 to 175 yds after shot with vital shots, heart lung shots. Two coyotes quaterin in to me werent found, were shot under 200 yds.I was shooting 55 gr spire points. thinking bout trying nosler B T .Good Luck
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Unread 06-24-2012, 08:32 PM
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Re: What high BC 223 coyote load for 500 yards?

Originally Posted by charlesasmith View Post
One of the things you may want to consider is bullet expansion at that distance. I recommend asking people's opinions about which of the recommended bullets will expand sufficiently to prevent pass throughs. Would be better to anchor a coyote rather than have it run off. Getting a second shot @ 500 yds on a running "dog" is not an easy task.

Chuck Smith

I had my NE .223 rifle for years, 1:9 twist, 22" bbl single shot.. just a few weeks ago, loaded up some berger 70 Grain VLD's with a .370 BC est around 2800 fps with 24 grains of H4895, max load was up to 26 grains but gun was hard to open in 95 deg weather, should buck the wind very good.

Don't let anyone tell you a .223 will not kill coyotes. just a few posts up some guy's dad killed a coyote at over 500 yards with a wimpy .22 mag
Those guys swear by this weakling .22 mag, killing power on coyotes, and a ,223 is like a .30-378 Weatherby magnum IMP., compared to a .22 mag being a .30 US carbine .

The reason .223 is not as effective in the military is because of the enemy hyped up on PCP sometimes, and the FMJ ammio does not expand, if the Army used Ballistic tips in the ,223 they would be way more deadly, but Geneva international laws prohibit the uses of them.
a 30 lb coyote is not the same as a 150-200 lb man either

the .223 is plenty, and with those heavy pills will go way out and drop those dogs.,

let us know how they shoot.

22-250 will have more fps velocity, but under 300 yards no coyote is going to tell a difference, and 90% of 22-250 have the 14 twist, so a 1:9 223 wil stailize the heavy bullets better for long range power and wind bucking.
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Unread 06-28-2012, 09:37 PM
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Re: What high BC 223 coyote load for 500 yards?

I've used several difference rifles in 223/5.56 in long range varmint hunting and various shooting matches. Bullet stability at long range is critical due to wind factors. I've been in Texas on a couple of hunts. The wind factor is the most critical. Foot pounds of energy also apply.
The 223/5.56 beyond 400 yards is lacking in energy and wind drift. I've experienced hunting conditions where a larger caliber would have been the better choice.
I've since built several rifles that overlap in increments based on shooting conditions.

They are: *223 Weatherby, 6.5 Grendel AR, 243AI, and a 7-08 for coyotes out to 700 yards and in between. Better all around efficiency and DRT dogs.

I was recently given a *Weatherby Mark V, 223 as a gift. I tuned the trigger, installed bases, scope rings, and a Vortex 2.5-10x44 PST. It's a fun rifle and very accurate to 400yds conditions permitting. It's a 1-12, 55grain VMax 3100fps.
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