Anyone else tried the Hornady 35 gr NTX?

Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by bubbagump11, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. bubbagump11

    bubbagump11 Active Member

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    Just curious to see if anyone has tried the NTX's (lead-free) from Hornady on cat's or fox, shoot, anything for that matter?

    I saw a foxes eyes at about 50 yds but she took off through tall grass and I didn't see her again until she got up the hill on the back of the property 330 yds later. I thought I'd range the rocks on the hill just in case it happened again and I wouldn't have to let the opportunity go if it were to happen another day. Got the range and getting ready to head out since I thought she'd left, and she pops her head up again? I'd just validated my ranges with my .22-250 earlier that day and had a pretty good idea where my bullet was landing, but a foxes head is a small target peeking over a few rocks on a hill. I thought I'd kick myself if I didn't take a shot so after a few seconds of thought, I'd either kill her or miss? I took the shot and thought I'd heard a thud but wasn't sure since I was wearing ear plugs. I walked the walk and there she was.

    Bullet performed great at that distance and that shot placement, but I was just wondering if anyone's had coyotes running off after being shot or an ill placed shot messing up a bobcat hide? Max range someones taken a predator etc.?
     

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  2. REDHEAD

    REDHEAD Well-Known Member

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    Seems too light of a bullet for a 22-250 but you just proved me wrong. Good shooting. gun)
     

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    WEATHERBY460 Well-Known Member

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    what twist would be best for this bullet? i have a 223 1x9
     
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    slobber knocker
     
  5. bubbagump11

    bubbagump11 Active Member

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    Probably not a 9 twist, better left to the 1 in 12" or slower. I've got a 14 in mine and it works great. You could contact Hornady but I seriously doubt they'd say any different. I didn't shoot less than a 50 gr when I was shooting a 9" in my 110 savage .223. It shot the 55-69's extremely well. The heaviest lead-free made that I know of is made by Nosler and it's only a 40 but don't quote me.
     
  6. bubbagump11

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    Thanks Redhead, I actually just added another fox to the NTX's kill tally. Hope to try it on a yote soon but they're not making it easy.
    It's held up well with max loads of 8208 XBR and that's kicking them out at around 4400 fps so I guess they can handle a little speed. I've got them loaded down just a little because they shoot better but I did try them at max to see if they'd pepper my target. Probably wouldn't try pushing them that fast through a fast tube though. Make a mess of jackrabbits and ravens :D