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Old 11-18-2010, 16:58   #1
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Coyote Huntin'

Anyone have a pet load for blasting yotes with a mini-14 in .223?
Should be within 50 to 75 yards. The mini-14 is a 580 with open sights.
I'm looking for the "bullet" type and grain.

I'm looking at the Nosler 60 Grain .224 Partition.
I'm thinking a NON Ballistic Tip would work better. Anyone used the Nosler 60 Grain Partition?
Any ideas?



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Old 11-19-2010, 00:52   #2
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I've never used Nosler, but I know my early mini likes the Midway/Hornady 60gr sp. From different accounts I've read they are effective on coyotes. I'm betting that either of those Nosler's you're asking about would be fine. Some coyote hunters will probably chime in soon. If not check out the reviews for each bullet on the Midway usa site.
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Nosler 55 BT and 21.5 gr RL 7 is my pet load for coyotes and pdogs.
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:25   #4
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Bullet weight and load are obviously going to be dependent on your particular gun.
You didn't mention the barrel twist? Are all 580's the same?
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It's a 1:9 twist mini-14 with a 16" barrel. I'm not stuck on Nosler bullets, I found that they have a non-ballistic tip in a 60 grain. In florida we can't use a .223 for deer hunting and I was thinking it would be for yotes. I do have on hand Barnes 36 grain varmint grenades that shoot flat, but I think I would not get very good penetration. I also have Hornady 50 grain v-max, 55 grain sp Hornady, some Sierra 69 grain MatchKings, Winchester 55 grain bulk and some SS109. I was just wondering what everyone in the Coyote world was using?

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Well, that depends on what you do with the dead Coyote. If you are going to save the pelt then you want a bullet that does very little damage yet still drops them dead. If you don't care about the pelt then whatever kills the fastest and is the most accurate in your rifle.
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Old 11-22-2010, 14:24   #7
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Originally Posted by Targetslayer View Post
In florida we can't use a .223 for deer hunting
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I don't know where you heard/read that...I've reviewed the regs. and the only restrictions I see are 5 round mags and no FMJ's... No caliber restrictions. If you know something I don't, please provide a link here.

We're just punching paper now, but have been talking about trying some hunting for wild hogs. The .223 is marginal for that- no way for the big 'uns, but we're talking about smaller meat hogs. I was going to go with the Nosler partitions you mentioned; and from what I know, they're the most popular deer bullet, as well...
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In New Mexico we used to use 55 gr FMJ or SP's both worked very well
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Old 11-23-2010, 02:36   #9
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Originally Posted by tobnpr View Post
I don't know where you heard/read that...I've reviewed the regs. and the only restrictions I see are 5 round mags and no FMJ's... No caliber restrictions. If you know something I don't, please provide a link here.
You're right. The rules and regs change so much from year to year. It was at one time prohibited. Thanks for pointing that out to me. I guess I'm going deer hunting.

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I use the 60 grain V-max they works great the nosler partitions are designed for deer size game and would kill a yote but might not give the desired expansion on the small and much softer coyote.
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If your going for a suckling pig, the .223 will do fine. As already commented on, the .223 is a wee bit too small for the big hogs. I've hit a 250# wild boar with a .280 Rem/120 Sierra that put it down, but it continued to spin a doughnut in the ground for over 30 minutes. That should tell you that the .223 is too small for these critters; the .280/120 grainer was marginal for a quick, clean kill on my last hunt. Of course, you can prove me wrong...been done b4.
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I'm looking to shoot some coyotes. I have shot some wild hogs in my yard about a year ago with my .223 and I learned real quick it was too small a rifle for a hog. I shot a 62 gr ss109 steel core and it just ran off. The shot had good placement. I later shot another two hogs with a 20 gauge slug. One ran one hundred yards and dropped dead and the other ran in circles dragging it's hind end for about twenty seconds before it could gather up it's wits and got the rear end working with the frontend and halled buggy out into the woods. I think hogs are the toughest, meanest things on earth. Yes, you are right about too small a bullet! Next time it will be a 12 gauge slug or 00 buck to the head.

I think I have the right bullet for coyotes, Nosler 50 grain Combined Technology Ballistic Silvertip. Wicked bullet!

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I've killed several yotes with the 60 gr. nosler partition, the load is 22.5 grns of benchmark, another is the barnes 62 grn. TSX with 24 grns of varget. they will work for deer also (inside 100 yrds.) Most shots were one shot kills and the critters went down pretty quick, The deer ran 20 to 30 yards before expiring. I don't think I would recommend shooting deer size animals past that 100 yard distance, not saying they won't kill, there is just to many variables that could mess you up. Both bullets gave good expansion on the yotes, by that I mean about a nickle size exit hole.
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Old 01-17-2011, 17:51   #14
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I was looking at the Nosler partition and the Barnes copper bullets. I think it would be too much of a bullet for the yotes in Florida. The yotes are about the size of a small to medium size dog here. I do have a few boxes of the 36 grain Varmint Grenade. Great bullets, but a little light for the yotes.

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Around here its not hunting but pretty much killing. They are just destructive vermin here, you don't even need a hunting license. I've killed quite a few with a Mini 14. Never really went out and bought or loaded Coyote ammo, just 55 or 62 grain ball kills em dead.
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Originally Posted by Amrhein View Post
In New Mexico we used to use 55 gr FMJ or SP's both worked very well
YOUR wild hog are only around 75Lb and the hog in the east can go up to 250+ it takes a heaver bullet to do the job.
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Old 07-31-2011, 12:37   #17
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I've killed a 200lb hog with 65 gr spbt and head shot. I think the 62 Barnes Tripple shok would work well too. I bought a mini 6.8 for hogs.
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A 22lr is plenty of gun for killing feral hogs. You have to shoot them in the head. My family has been killing feral hogs in So. Florida for 75 years and many have been taken with a single shot 22lr to the brain. Right at the base of the ear or in the center of the skull just about an inch above the eyes if it's coming at ya. And it don't matter if it weighs 60lbs or 300lbs.
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Here is my pet Mini 14 coyote load. Sierra 65gr Game King Bullet, Federal Magnum primer,25.4gr of H335 powder. Knocks em dead!!!!!! Also a very accurate load. Try it you'll like it. FRJ
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Wow-I've never seen these armor plated coyotes that need a 60+ grain deep penetrating 223 bullet!I have used consistantly the thin jacketed 50gr sierra blitz bullets or the 50 gr hornady spsx bullets and have several confirmed kills out to 295 yds-on coyotes.And as a bonus the thin skinned bullets dont ruin pelts-normally they never exit on a shoulder shot!Now on deer I like the 63 gr sp sierra,and the 70gr speer semi pts and these have lead tips and heavy jackets-so not for californicationia.I would not hesitate to use either of these bullet types for hogs but only on stationary hogs-not running.It's a "bullet placement thing".
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I use 60gr. Sierra Varmiter for the coyote and 65gr. Sierra Gameking for deer and whatever else needs shot. I use Tac powder for heavier bullets like 69gr. and H335 for 55-65gr.
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Hi Magnomark, and anyone else thats listening, There are several reasons that I use the 65 grainers. First they shoot very accurately out of my mini, second they are also intended for use against humans in case I have to use the mini for self defense. Third and most important, in the country I hunt in cougar are fairly common and I'd love to get one, and I want all the bullet I can get for that. Fourth, bears are also common, same answer. If I want to use lighter bullets I have a rifle twisted for the lighter 40gr loads and it loves them!!!!!Also I believe the question was if anyone had a pet load for the mini 14 that blasted critters and I can guarantee you this load BLASTS them!!!!! Have a great day guys and keep on hunting those yoties. Frank
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Coyotes aint worth the price of the nosler 60gr partitions,I use any 50-55gr sp or bt works fine.
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Update

Well itís time for an update.
I tried about every type of bullet and weight from the 36 grain Varmint Grenade, 50 grain Nosler Partition, 50 grain Nosler/Winchester Ballistic Silvertip, Hornady 55 grain SP SX, 55 grain SP W/C and the 50 Grain V-Max and the Remington 55 grain MC bulk for $7 for a bag of 100 just to name a few. I used Hodgdon H335 and BL-C(2) powder. All the bullets were impressive. They all worked great and performed very well. I was very impressed with the Remington bulk ($7 a bag) 55 grain bullets for there accuracy and the amount of energy they had on impact (for a cheap bullet). All my test we done on water jugs, soda cans, small varmints that came into my yard (Bad luck gotíem) and a 150 lb hog that was rooting my yard (SS109 Green tip). I have not seen any yotes yet. I feel I owe it to everyone here to give an update on my findings. Not the most scientific study, just real life shooting. Bottom line, any bullet 50 grain and up will toast a yote.
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A 50 or 55 grain Hornady V-Max and 25 grains of AA2230 or 24 grains of RL10. With RL 10, 24 grains with a 55 grain bullet is close to max loads. My skinny barrel 580 likes the 50's the best. kwg
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