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Old 11-15-2011, 05:55 AM   #1
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I have a 16" standard ar upper and am looking at a new 22" upper to mount a longer range scope on for coyote hunting. I looked up the ballistics and I shouldn't be shooting more than 600 yards. Maybe 700 max. And I know the .204 is a flatter round but the .223 is heavier and will be less resistant to wind. What are y'all experiences with either or both rounds and which do you prefer?

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Old 11-15-2011, 06:01 AM   #2
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I looked up the ballistics and I shouldn't be shooting more than 600 yards. Maybe 700 max.
Unless you've done a lot of long range shooting, and I mean a lot. Like thousands and thousands of rounds, I would rethink that. 600 yards is a LONG way.

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I've done my fair share of shooting

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shag, what is your intended target? this will dictated caliber choice too. the 223 is going to be less sensitive to wind than the 204, but the 204 will go almost 1000 fps faster than the 223. just some ideas to consider.
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Mainly coyotes and other smaller game animals like prairie dogs. Maybe some hog? But I'll usually use my .308 for that one

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sorry, can not see the need for a 204 when you have 223 and 22-250 around..

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Mainly coyotes and other smaller game animals like prairie dogs. Maybe some hog? But I'll usually use my .308 for that one
Or an ex-wife? Need a barrett M107
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Mainly coyotes and other smaller game animals like prairie dogs. Maybe some hog? But I'll usually use my .308 for that one
shag, hunting with either at the ranges you're stating is asking for a lot, especially from an AR platform. i have an AR in 5.56mm with a 16" barreled upper, but have a 204 in a remington M700 that with handloads makes one ragged hole groups on a windless day. but neither is going to go 600-700 yrds and take any type of game. i think you need to rethink things and try for more realistic ranges if hunting, just to be an ethical hunter. now if you want to shoot paper targets at these ranges, then by all means, start building the rifle into a tackdriver. bolt action rifles are usually more accurate at longer ranges than semi auto rifles. not saying that you can't have an accurate AR, but just putting another upper on one with a longer barrel and a different caliber isn't going to do it.
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sorry, can not see the need for a 204 when you have 223 and 22-250 around..
whats wrong with the 204? very fast and flat shooting, equals very accurate. works great for what it was designed for, accurate shooting at smaller animals in the 300-500 yard range. very little recoil, easy and inexpensive to reload. if you use it for what it was designed for, then it's a caliber that will not disappoint, but if asked for more than it is capable then you will be.
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So you'd take the 204 over the 223 for coyote? And does the round fit into a 223 lower?

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