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.223 for Varmit? What load you like?

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Mark W., Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Going to have to start loading for my sons new Varmit rifle a Mossberg MVP 24" barrel in .223/5.56
    1-9" twist. Ranging to 250 yards.

    My favorite small varmit bullet in .22 cal is the Hornady 55gr SP SX (super explosive) I use this in my 22-250 running at about 3400fps.

    I'd like to hear what you guys are loading for your long barrel .223's to splode the sage rats and rabbits.

    Wouldn't mind advise on Coyote loads as well. maybe something in the 68gr range.
     
  2. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    If "explosions of pink" are what you're looking for, stick with the light and fast bullets. The heavier you go, the slower as well.

    Take a look at the Barns "Varmint Grenade". As they say in their advertising, "The bullet remains intact at ultra-high velocities, while its highly frangible core fragments explosively on impact. Produces instant fragmentation, virtually vaporizing ground squirrels and prairie dogs, even at long range. Expending its energy early, the Varmint Grenade seldom exits large predators like bobcats and coyotes, leaving valuable pelts virtually undamaged."

    Their 50 gr VG should make for some fun shooting.
     
  3. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    For a sage rat load I like Nosler 40 grain ballistic tips or Hornady V-Max's with 26 to 27.5 grains of H4895, it really vaporizes those alfalfa chucks.

    For song dogs I like Nosler 69 grain custom competition BTHP with 25.5 grains of Varget.

    These loads are safe in my gun, but you should work up slowly looking for any pressure signs in your gun.
     
  4. Twodogs

    Twodogs portland Or Active Member

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    60gr V-max for coyotes 26.5grs of Varget shoots great in all rifles we have tried.
     
  5. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    keep them coming my pencil is getting all this down.
     
  6. coyote223

    coyote223 NW Oregon Stamp Collector,,,

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    50gr V-max turns squirrels inside out,,, :bluelaugh:
     
  7. 2ndtimer

    2ndtimer SE Washington state Active Member

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    For smaller varmints and red mist factor, 40 gr Nosler Ballistic Tips, Hornady V-Max or Z-Max with 27.5 gr of Ramshot TAC, for bigger varmints, 55 gr Nosler Varmageddon with 26,5 gr Varget. Lately I have been using Wolf .223 primers. various case brands.
    For the non-reloader, Fiocchi 40 gr V-Max (chronos 3650 out of 26" Rem SPS varmint), $17.99 for a box of 50 at ableammo.com
    or Federal American Eagle 50 gr LCT (Tipped Varmint) available online from Cabelas for $6.99 per box of 20.
     
  8. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    For the smaller critters, I usually use the cheap bullets unless I'm trying to hit them at distance. 55gr FMJ does a good job on rabbits without destroying too much meat. If you want the critters to get that classic "exploding varmint" experience, I've had great luck with the barnes varmint grenade, and the nostler ballistic tips, and sierra matchkings. I typically stick to the 50-55gr bullets as I shoot with an AR-15 HBAR (1:7 twist barrel).
     
  9. NW SAFE

    NW SAFE 830 Cole st. Enumclaw, Wa.98022. (360)825-5953. Tu New Member

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    Nosler Combined technologies .224 ballistic silvertip in 55gn with H335 measured out to 35 gn. Total loaded length 2.250" Shoots a 5 shot group at 100 yards the size of a nickel out of a Varmint AR.
     
  10. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    This whole line of bullets is totally underrated. They are also great performers in .308 Win and 30-06 Springfield rifles. I have shot near "one hole" groups with this bullet in my .308 and my 70 year old '03 shoots average groups of .75" @ 100 yards with it.

    NO COPPER FOULING either.
     
  11. i8asquirrel

    i8asquirrel Keizer, oregon Member

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    I'm using a 60gr V-max over 26.0 gr of BLC-2 in my MVP and its putting 10rnds in under an inch at 100ds off sandbag, I have also Han very good luck with the 40 gr V-max ! Goodluck.
     
  12. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    Umm... I think you're a bit hot there. In fact, i don't even think 35gr will fit in the case.

    55 GR. SPR SP Hodgdon H335 .224" 2.200" 23.0 3018 40,800 CUP 25.3 3203 49,300 CUP

    That's the hodgdon data for that bullet weight.
     
  13. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    for coyotes I run 69gr bthp (usually SMK) with about 26.5 of 4895. This is out of an AR 24" 1/9. I have yet to try any of the light fast stuff for the red mist factor on prairie dogs, etc.