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Wondering preferred choice of bullet for yotes full metal jacket for minimun pelt damage or soft point for middle of the road or the polymer tip fragmentation killing power. During winter months prefer to save pelts.
 

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How's the FMJ thing working out for you? I figured FMJ would be a tiny hole in and out, and a dog that won't stop. I wouldn't really know though...never tried it.

I shoot .223 50gr Hornady V-max. Actually they are Fiocchi factory loads that i've been buying until I start reloading. Tiny entry hole, and no exit.
 

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Chris Miller is correct. Small bore FMJ's are generally poor choice for coyotes. Coyotes sometimes act sort of stupid when they are hit through the ribs with a FMJ, and they run a mighty long way before they realize that they are dead.
 

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Personally I don't save pelts. I hunt coyotes purely to try and reduce predation on my livestock. I several small caliber varmint rifles but have killed a bunch of coyotes while deer hunting with a .308 150 gr PSP and even 1 with my 270 WSM with a Hornady 130 gr. SST. The pelt was definitely not sellable.
 

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I shoot 50-55 grain hornady vmax. I had my first exit hole with those loads a couple weekends ago. Every yote I have shot has been a bang flop and jus the one exit. It was only about the size of a quarter so there wasnt too much pelt damage.
 

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madarcher427 said:
does any man make a 55gr v-max in a .223? ive seen 50 gr ,but iam sited in on hornady 55gr soft point .will the fly different
Even if you get a load with 55gr. v-max it most likely will hit a little different than your soft points. You should always re sight in if you change loads that you have never shot.
 

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FMJ???? Forget it. Illegal in most states. I use 50 gr Sierra Blitzking(.223), 50 gr Hornady V-Max (22-250), 55 gr Sierra Gameking HP (.223 WSSM) and a 40 gr Hornady V-Max (.204 Ruger). FMJ's will pass through and you'll have to shoot (unethicly) again, and again, and again. Don't even think about it. Best bullet for most is the one that shoots best in your chosen rifle. If it will chamber reliably and group at sub-moa, that'll do.
 

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A little Side Note for the 204 ruger. If your rifle has a barrel with a 1-12 twist then you need to be careful shooting the 40 and up bullets. Technically the 1-12 twist rate shouldn't stablize the 40 grain bullet. In my rifle I can't hit a target at 25 yards with a 40 gr bullet and if I do hit the target the bullet key holes the target. Some rifles shoot them fine with 1-12 twist and others don't. I beleive that this is due to the tolerances a gun manufacturer allows their guns to be off by. this is my opinion though.

So what is the answer to this problem? By simply dropping the bullet weight by 1 gr to the sierra 39 gr bullet your gun should shoot great.

If any of you guys would like to discuss this further feel free to send me a message.
 
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