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Old 10-16-2012, 08:25 PM
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Default fur friendly, FACTORY LOAD for .223

Hi guys I am looking for a fur friendly factory load for the .223 I mainly hunt Fox but coyote nd bobcat are on the menu too.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:18 AM
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I'm assuming you don't want to sew big exit holes.
Fur Friendly Fox load and 223 don't go together very well. Heck, fur friendly 223 for Coyote is not consistent either. If Fox and Bobcat were on the menu I would be using a 17fireball or better still a 17HH. 22mag., 17HMR, or 12ga. would be my next options.
Even the 204 is hard on Fox and the 17 Rem. is marginal.

Probably not the answer you were looking for.
The Win. 45gr. load would be close to what you were looking for if you are going after Coyotes. You'll still get some exits. Using it on Fox will multiply them for you. 2pcs. of Fox for every round.
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:26 PM
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I was actually thinking of going the other way and shooting heavy. 77 grain match grade HP's.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:23 PM
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I have shot a couple using the frangible rounds from DRT and had no exit wound whatsoever.
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:40 PM
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I should probably rephrase my question Ian looking for a factory load that is relatively fur friendly. When specifically targeting Fox I use a 22 mag. But want to keep the 223 with me for those ones that hang up out there at 150 or so
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:44 PM
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I'm using the Hornady 55 grain V-max (Red Ballistic Tips) factory loads in my Savage .223,haven't had one down to see what kind of damage it does to the hide but will let You know as soon as I connect with a Coyote!



I have shot a total of 14 Coyotes with my CZ .204 using mostly Winchester 32 grain bullets and the last few with Federal factory loaded Sierra Blitz Kings in 39 grains and it has done very little hide damage to 11 of those Coyotes.....3 of those were lower shot placements and it did some serious hide damage to their lower extremeties!They were still salvagable as far as skinning them any ways....but I can tell You that I have shot the Coyotes from 1 at 300 yards,several at 100-125 yards and all others from 30 to 75 yards and it was tough to find an entrance hole with No exit holes to find or talk about.
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:31 PM
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I appreciate the info. But I am looking for results on FOX. not coyotes. Thanks
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Old 10-20-2012, 02:07 PM
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55g FMJ works fine for me on fox. Anything else ive tried blows them all to hell.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:44 PM
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I`m shooting 40 & 45 grain ballistic tips, when I`m hunting lynx, wolverine, wolf and bullet won`t come out. Shot running fox in the head (accidentally) & thought it`s headless now but skin was intact just the bones were little damaged. You also could try heavier bullets like 64gr on .223 to slow them down little
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:58 PM
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29va we can't use fmjs here in pa. I wish we could. I'm going to give some 55sps a try and see how they do
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