What weight bullet

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by nivlac1960, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. nivlac1960

    nivlac1960 Member

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    I have a Savage Varminter 223 with a 1-9 twist rate and 26" barrel. What would be the optimum bullet (weight, length and type) for coyote hunting? I would be shooting out to 300yds at the most? I have quite a bit of H335 powder on hand also.
     
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  2. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    300 yd coyote isn't terribly demanding. In that light, white box Winchester 45gr JHP loaded ammo is hard to beat for the money. You can't reload for what those sell for.

    Optimum for me is what shoots good in my rifle. And, those get the job done in my 1:12 Steyr and 1:9 dpms which I don't bother to load for.

    However, with a 1:9 twist, you should be able to move up to 65-70 gr bullets and develop some pretty decent handloads.

    If by "optimum" you mean distance/accuracy, then target bullets will kill coyotes...

    Berger 70 gr Match VLD Target
    Lapua 69 gr Scenar
    69 gr SMK
    Hornady 68 gr BTHP

    -- richard
     

  3. retiredcpo

    retiredcpo Well-Known Member

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    I use the 55 gr Vamx in my 223 love that bullet
     
  4. RT2506

    RT2506 Well-Known Member

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    I would go with the 55 or 60 gr Hornady V-max with your H335. For out to 300 the 55 gr is fine but longer ranges I would go with the 60.
     
  5. nivlac1960

    nivlac1960 Member

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    I just reloaded Hornady 68gr BTHP Match and Nosler 69gr HPBT Custom Competition bullets over 23-24.5grs of H-335 powder. I will be checking for best groups shortly.
     
  6. HJW

    HJW Well-Known Member

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    55's are common, but with a 1:9 I would use something in the high 60's or low 70's
     
  7. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    Another vote for the 55gr V-Max......great accuracy out of my 1:9 twist AR's. Also like 55grRemington Accutips.