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What's the best factory load for wolf with a .223

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Unread 01-22-2008, 12:24 PM
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You might try the Sierra 65 gr. Gameking bullet, I use it on fox and large feral dogs. You need a 1 in 7 or 1 in 8 twist for this bullet, very accurate in my encore, Later.
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Unread 01-23-2008, 11:45 PM
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I'm using Hornady TAP ammo(75gr TAP FPD)HPBT w/ a 0.395 BC. The gun is a Sabre Defence XR15A3 Heavy Bench Target rifle w/a 24" barrel 1:8 twist. Vel is 2700. This combo has proven very lethal on coyotes.
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Unread 01-25-2008, 11:28 PM
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My favorite 223 load for wolf is a 308. I am too much of a coward to hunt dangerous game with a varmit round.
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Unread 01-28-2008, 10:38 AM
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If you want to stick with the .223 then look at the Federal premium loaded with the 60gr sierra gameking. your gonna have to fix anyholes in the pelt though. but for factory ammo it dont get anybetter then this.
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I have shot a few coyots with a solid 55gr from winchester, all it did was put a small hole in and out the sides with a lung shot, they all dropped like a bad habbit. I did have a few run but they ran under 100yards. shot were out to 400yards.
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Unread 03-25-2008, 11:34 AM
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I prefer to use my .243 loaded with 80gr SP's when I'm deliberately targeting wolves. However I wouldn't feel under gunned with my .223. I would probably use 75gr Amax's or BTHP's. They are tougher than the v-max in my experience and would get into the vitals.
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Unread 05-06-2009, 10:54 PM
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Re: What's the best factory load for wolf with a .223

I know this is a way old thread, but if it were my shot to take, I would want something a little bigger than a 223 to chase wolves. Now to answer your question, If I were confined to the .223, I would launch 80 grain bergers. This is assuming your barrel as the twist rate to make it fly strait.

Now if I am going to shoot my choice caliber, I would chase wolves with a .25-06 and launch 105 grain bergers.
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