.223 for Song Dogs

Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by SDM, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. SDM

    SDM Member

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    I had a question posted about my lowly .223....and then figured out that since I don't have a super long range caliber, or a silly expensive nightforce scope and custom rifle that there wasn't one person on this forum that would take the time to answer it. Edited.
     
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  2. FurTaker

    FurTaker Well-Known Member

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    What was the question?
     
  3. cstunes

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    Haha. Lots of people here don't own a $3000 scope or custom built 15lb "hunting" rifle. This area however is certainly for the coyote enthusiast. I have used nothing but the ol .223 for coyotes.

    Ask away.
     
  4. pdog2062

    pdog2062 Well-Known Member

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    $600 will buy any of my favorite coyote rigs,Savage or Stevens with plastic stocks,Simmons scopes.All will take a coyote as far as the spotlight will shine,what more do you want?
     
  5. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    Didn't see whatever your first post was. I doubt if failure to get response had much to do with the price of your equipment.

    Currently I'm using a .223 for coyotes. There hotter .224 cartridges that pick up some of the farther better, but I try to ask myself if rifle more suitable at longer range going to interfere with the close shots, and find a balance.

    If I want more range I tend to step up in caliber to 6mm.

    Some double carry a rifle, and a shotgun. Too much for me.
     
  6. whowa004

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    Ask away.

    I have a rem700 sps varmint in .223 and absolutely love it. Shoots the 53gr Hornady VMAX extremely well and nothing as walked away from it if I do my part.
     
  7. dstark

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    223 is my go to caliber for coyotes and although I sometimes pack bigger rifles every coyote I have ever hit with a 223 never took another step. I will admit I have never connected on a coyote over 400 yards, but I think that is more my own lack of skill than a shortfall of the caliber.
     
  8. whowa004

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    The wind can really wreak havoc on the lighter .223 bullet options so stretching it out 4-500 yards can be a little frustrating. If the conditions are in your favor I wouldn't hesitate to take a shot with my .223 out to 600 yards on a coyote.
     
  9. rdsii64

    rdsii64 Well-Known Member

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    Both my Coyote guns are 223's. One AR15 and one Howa 1500. Coyotes may be hard to hunt but they are not hard to kill. Take the rifle/scope combination you can afford, load it up with your typical varmint ammo, and get after it.
     
  10. predator 22

    predator 22 Well-Known Member

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    Tried finding your previous post with no luck. So what's the question?
     
  11. struff55

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    I'm using a tikka with a 1in 8 twist shooting 65 gr sierra's works well on yotes out to 400- 450 yds . The rifle has s 4.5 -14 x44 Ziess . Moderately priced package it will put everything in a very small hole at 100yds if I do my part
     
  12. just country

    just country Well-Known Member

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    Remington SPS left hand Millet 6x25x56 Warne steel rings and bases
    Outstanding rifle
    223cal 27.0grs tac, 53gr. barnes TSX, winchester brass, 205primers.
    this is an outstanding load.
    I have 4 223's
    223 sps Rem
    223AI Rem 788
    AR 223 match barrel
    AR 223 varmit 26" bull barrel
    accuracy comes with practice. confidence comes with practice.
    The 223 is a suitable round in good hands to 500 yrds.
    223"s r the best for predator extermination.

    T U M just countrygun)
     
  13. cholla chomper

    cholla chomper Well-Known Member

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    I love hunting dogs with my Rem .223 its a bit heavy with a varmint barrel but it'll reach out and touch them like it counts. I will on occasion use my 22-250 or carry my AR
     
  14. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    I have harvested over 250 coyotes, many of those with the .223.