My brother and I have taken more than one singing dog with his Rem. 700 rifles in .223. We normally use HP bullets with very good results. Here in Ohio, we use bullets that are pretty fragile since farms and homes are around every turn and corner. If a miss occurs, we prefer bullets than will not ricochet as easily and possibly be a safety hazard with all the homes around,, I miss north Ga.,, had some room there, can't spit in this part of the country without seeing a house,,, I never use my other centerfire rifles here even though they are legal for certain varmints, they can just carry much too far for my safety concerns. Even FMJ's have a higher possibility than HP's. Good hunting.