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#6913510 - 10/08/17 09:31 PM 223 bullet selection
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I'm putting together a 16" 1/8 twist bolt gun that will be suppressed the majority of time.

Lots of choices out there with some new ones in the mix. This will hopefully fill my spot as a dedicated predator gun. The bullet I choose would ideally not explode the thin skins animals.

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#6913553 - 10/08/17 10:02 PM Re: 223 bullet selection [Re: Brother in-law]
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What's Hornady got in the ELD-X line?
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#6913578 - 10/08/17 10:24 PM Re: 223 bullet selection [Re: Brother in-law]
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If itís a dedicated predator rifle that makes it easy.... 60 gr VMax. Most consistent predator bullet for 223 for both DRT and very fur friendly for coyotes if that matters to you. I have seen literally hundreds shot with that bullet....also works on hogs and deer in a pinch. Of course thatís if it shoots well in your rifle which it should and run just shy of 3000fps.
Now there is no 223 bullet that will be Consistently easy on Fox fur but the 60 gr will do well I n Bobcats and coyotes with minimal damage with solid hits.

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#6913633 - 10/09/17 12:11 AM Re: 223 bullet selection [Re: Brother in-law]
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60 grain V-max works good. I know many 223 shooters who deer hunt with this bullet. One of the guys I used to hunt with came for 1 hunt, and took a NICE 8 point with an AR shooting a 60 grain V-max and A-Cog. I was pissed (in a good way!) Buck was DRT.

If you want a tough 223 bullet, then the 64 grain Nosler bonded bullet will do well. It holds together well.
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#6913636 - 10/09/17 12:43 AM Re: 223 bullet selection [Re: Brother in-law]
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I run the 60gn Nos BT in my 20" 9tw 223ai. It is quite accurate with a stiff charge of H4895. Don't overlook the 69gn TMK either.
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#6913649 - 10/09/17 04:27 AM Re: 223 bullet selection [Re: Brother in-law]
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To the OP. I am a tad confused. You mention that you are going to be shooting suppressed most of the time. Will you be running 3000fps+ or will you be shooting a reduced load?
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#6913844 - 10/09/17 08:45 AM Re: 223 bullet selection [Re: Brother in-law]
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If I was going to shoot coyotes and pigs, that Nosler 64 gr BSB would be a good choice. If it was just coyotes, try the 40 gr Nosler BT. I haven't seen it exit a coyote yet and it kills them dramatically fast. I wasn't planning to use it on coyotes, but one showed up in the front yard/pasture and that little bullet put him down hard. Hmmm, so I tried it again and again and it works great. But not on hogs.

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#6914238 - 10/09/17 01:06 PM Re: 223 bullet selection [Re: Brother in-law]
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Good old 55 soft point Hornady is my do everything bullet for .223.

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#6914302 - 10/09/17 01:44 PM Re: 223 bullet selection [Re: Brother in-law]
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Sierra game king for fur friendly. I get an exit but it's small and nothing a good taxidermist couldn't hide. Vmax if you want them to drop where they stand but if they exit then you're left with a mess. If foxes are in the discussion I'd definitely go game king. I shoot the 55s in my rock river predator Pursuit. The bonus with the game kings is they're designed for deer and pigs also.
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#6914304 - 10/09/17 01:45 PM Re: 223 bullet selection [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
What's Hornady got in the ELD-X line?


Nothing... they have the ELD-M. Really wanted a 75 X
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#6914313 - 10/09/17 01:53 PM Re: 223 bullet selection [Re: aggiehunter03]
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Originally Posted By: aggiehunter03
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
What's Hornady got in the ELD-X line?


Nothing... they have the ELD-M. Really wanted a 75 X


Ironically, I just looked it up myself. There is no 70+ grain .224 in the ELD-X line.

Shame.
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#6914353 - 10/09/17 02:20 PM Re: 223 bullet selection [Re: Brother in-law]
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I would go light rapid expanding with the goal of no exit. 40 grain v max and H 4895 is where I would start as mentioned earlier. Stay off the head if you don't want to split em open.
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#6914461 - 10/09/17 03:26 PM Re: 223 bullet selection [Re: Brother in-law]
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I have experience with a 55 vmax from years back.

Two I have wonders about are

Hornady 73 gr eld

And

The tipped sgk

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#6914500 - 10/09/17 04:04 PM Re: 223 bullet selection [Re: Smokey Bear]
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Originally Posted By: Smokey Bear
I would go light rapid expanding with the goal of no exit. 40 grain v max and H 4895 is where I would start as mentioned earlier. Stay off the head if you don't want to split em open.


It makes no sense to me, to not take advantage of the 1:8 twist.
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#6914506 - 10/09/17 04:10 PM Re: 223 bullet selection [Re: Smokey Bear]
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Originally Posted By: Smokey Bear
I would go light rapid expanding with the goal of no exit. 40 grain v max and H 4895 is where I would start as mentioned earlier. Stay off the head if you don't want to split em open.


The 40 gr VMax can kill fine when they work(get penetration) but when they donít you end up with a splash wound and a possible hunt to find the animal. I have multiple pictures to illustrate if I could figure out the new IOS picture format that would work on the forum now.

Itís similar to the risk you take using a 17 rimfire on Predators.... sometimes it works then it donít.

I will add I do love the 55gr Hornady SP as an all round bullet but not if saving fur is one of the goals. They normally exit predators.


Edited by DStroud (10/09/17 04:16 PM)

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