An Update From Me, a Few Questions too

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by MasonG, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. MasonG

    MasonG Well-Known Member

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    When the local gun shop closed up they offered a 10% discount on all rifles, so I bought a Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 in .25-06. Just recently I bought a Leupold VX-3 4.5-14x40 to top it. I want to shoot 600 yards with this gun hopefully.

    I have a Savage 10 Tactical in .223 with the heavy varmint barrel. This is my primary fox hunting and groundhog killing gun. I just ordered a Nikon 6-18x40 scope for it to replace the old Simmons on it. We're going to start reloading soon and I want to know some loads and bullets to use to make this a great fox rifle with a good distance to it. I have a feeling my maximum range to kill an animal with it won't be much over 250 yards though, am I wrong about this?

    Thanks for the help everyone!
     
  2. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

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    You can kill a long way out with a 223 if the wind aint to bad. For a pelt saving load the 52grn smk comes to mind, if your twist rate is fast enough the 77grn will reach out fairly well but be a bit more destructive if it hits bone at close range.
     

  3. Coalforge

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    I also shoot an older Savage model 10 Tactical .223 with the heavy barrel and a Simmons 6.5-20x50 scope. I took a coyote at about 280 yds and have not tried anything (even targets) further than that. Last night I was cruising Youtube and came across this video where the 2 guys are shooting a Savage model 12 .223 at 490 yds. It is making me rethink what might be possible with my .223.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uWSveF1xG4"]Long range rifle shooting - YouTube[/ame]
     
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  4. cowboy

    cowboy Well-Known Member

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    I use a .223 savage and practice out to 700 yds all the time. Pretty humbling when the wind cranks up, and we seem to get wind about 364 days a year. It will dang sure make you conscientious of what wind will do to a bullet.
     
  5. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

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    I have nailed coyotes past 700 with mine, but have to admit missing more than hitting at that range. I personally view the 223 as a capable coyote gun out to 500 give or take but of course there are far better ones out there. Aint there always? The rifle can do it, the cartridge can do it, the only question is can you drive it effectively enough to make it worth doing?
    If it is what you got, it can be done. If your planning on a lot of 500 yard+ shots I would start shopping for a fast twist 22-250.
     
  6. D.ID

    D.ID Well-Known Member

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    Scratch the 22-250 recommendation, forgot all about the 25-06.
     
  7. AH3682

    AH3682 Well-Known Member

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    Hey,

    Are you going to reload bullets for the .25-06? I have one as well, and I reload. One load that shoots well is 75gr V-MAX and 47.5gr powder. Can't remember the powder, but if I figure it out I'll get back to you on that.:D
     
  8. MasonG

    MasonG Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone for the responses! And that video is awesome! I do plan on reloading both the 223 and the 25-06 within the ear, but not just yet. I just can't wait to start shooting these two!
     
  9. rick523

    rick523 Well-Known Member

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    Mason, I've killed coyotes out to and a little beyond 500 yds but prefer as close as possible that's the point in calling is to trick em:D rifle 140.jpg
     
  10. Red hunter

    Red hunter Well-Known Member

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    I watched that video and something didn't seem right. Second view I figured it out. The wild life agent used his left hand on the trigger while shooting from his right shoulder.