.223 Coyote Load. Need advice.

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  1. shooters

    shooters Well-Known Member

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    Just purchased a Savage .223 Model 10 in the Precision Carbine (WOW) and I'm trying to figure out the best weight and bullet for yotes to do the job, yet leave little pelt damage. This thing will litterally shoot Sub MOA with anything I can throw at it. Loaded or factory, light or heavy. Pretty amazing realy. Maybe this is typical of Savage, or maybe these Precision Carbines are just a breed of thier own. Anyhow, looking for advice from you long time Yote hunters who have a personal favorite bullet and weight out of the .223. Remember, little to no pelt damage. Thanks fellas!

    1 n 9 twist 20" barrel


    Jason
     
  2. dogbuster0006

    dogbuster0006 Well-Known Member

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    Dad hunted for yrs with .223 shooting remington 55gr hp, they were older loads but worked great. Very minimal damage to hides usually pinky diameter or less very few pass through. Everyone I remember dropped like a rock.
     

  3. Justin2111

    Justin2111 Well-Known Member

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    60gr Vmax's are hard to beat! Shot one just a couple weeks ago in the neck with just and enterance hole and no pass threw! Bong flop he was done! I am shooting the new FI rock river though so out of a longer barrel I wouldn't know what they would do.
     
  4. westcliffe01

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    Buy yourself a few boxes of 75gr HPBT superformance match ammo and give it a try. I will use nothing else. I had a custom turret made for that load since it is not flat shooting, but it is deadly out at 350 yards.

    Edit: Sorry, I should have read your post better. At short range those match bullets will leave about 2" exit wound, so forget that. Its a question of the distance you will be shooting at. At long range you are going to have a hard time hitting anything with the light bullets if there is any wind. I am more concerned with dead coyotes than usable pelts. Right now there is a glut in pelts and they are basically worthless. But it seems there is a market for cleaned skulls. You will need a beetle setup for that.
     
  5. shooters

    shooters Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I wouldnt say that $40 a piece for a put up Yote is great, but thats not considered worthless. I would like to try a little heavier bullet as well. Not sure how the gun will do with the 1 and 9 twist. Guess i can try.


     
  6. westcliffe01

    westcliffe01 Well-Known Member

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    I have the exact same model, it works great. Don't know where you are getting that much for a pelt. reports from trappers have been much less. If you know you are getting that, just keep taking it...
     
  7. shooters

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    Local buyer here in Miles City, and the buyer from outside of Dickenson ND. There both saying yote prices have a chance of being near $60 or more. Now, that dont mean squat till that "$60 or more" in in my hand.
     
  8. PantherCreekFarms

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    I just use either of my normal military spec loads (ex M855). Then instead of loading them with FMJ-BT projectile, I will make a run of 250 with Nosler Varmint bullets instead.

    Good accurate shots at various distances yet doesn't mess up the pelt too bad. Tears them up really bad on the inside though ;-)

    If M855 spec is too heavy 62 grains maybe try the other less hot military spec 223 load that is more common based on the 55 grain FMJ-BT...
     
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  9. Nomad

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    we have used 60gr Nosler/pt for a couple of years havent done major damage to the pelts.
    Starting to use the 65gr Sierra game king friend likes them alot and says that the pelts
    turning out with very little damage. Will let you know how they shoot later.......
     
  10. HOG55

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    On coyote I us the Hornady 50g. SP XP. I have never had a passthrough.
     
  11. 500mag_guy

    500mag_guy Well-Known Member

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    50 gr nosler ballistic tips work great for me and its a pin hole in and a pin hole out with a hella mess inside.
     
  12. HOG55

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    Interesting on pinhole in and out. It doesn't make sense to me on the bullet not expending its energy inside the animal. The full metal jacket is the reason the military is required to use them. I know the SP XP I use completely comes apart inside the yote expending all energy on the organs. That's 1283 ft. lbs. of energy (at lease at the muzzle) being expended inside the animal.
     
  13. rick523

    rick523 Well-Known Member

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    I use two different loads in .223 in bolt guns I use 40gr.v-max and in the AR I use 55gr. nosler ballistic tips both work very well, with little or no pelt damage usually they dont exit. Have been sucessful out to 500yds with both.
     
  14. HOG55

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    nice, we just gotta keep hunting.