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.243 / 58gr. V-max Terminal Performance

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Old 05-09-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
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Default .243 / 58gr. V-max Terminal Performance

Hi Guys and Gals.
I have worked up a great shooting round for my Browning A-bolt. I'm using 42.0 gr. Varget under a 158gr. Hornady V-Max pushed at about 3650. Was going to use it for Woodchucks this summer, but they shoot one hole, 2" high @ 100yds. Sooo, I'm thinking of using them for Coyotes also. Question is, does anyone have any experience with these V-Max bullets on Coyote size critters? Am I looking at a fur getter or a total blowout on the dog?
BTW, average coyotes around here run 30-40 lbs. not the little western dogs.

Thanks for any input!

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Old 05-09-2010, 08:02 PM   #2
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A buddy uses the 58gr V-max on ground hogs and it sure does make a mess of them.

Many guys I know say the V-max is not a pelt friendly bullet. my 223 will blow holes clean through a chuck at 275 yards.

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You won't be saving much fur with those vmax, or you'll be doing a lot of sewing... I live in northern Vermont too and even the bigger dogs take it hard with the vmax, even in .223.

Hit one 38 pounder last winter with a 60 grain vmax (.223) and there was no saving the pelt. Good news is there aren't any "runners" or "spinners".
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I have found 2 bullets that work real well on the coyotes here in the North East. The 53gr speer HP, it has a big 'ole hole in front but fragments inside and the 63 grain sierra semi spitzer. Both are for the .223. I also have been working up some loads for the Barnes tsx, but for the .243 they recommend these!!
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