Pelt-friendly .223 bullet?

Six-GunSix-Gun Senior MemberPosts: 7,408 Senior Member
I've got an absolutely outstanding .22-250 V-Max load, but while the 1/4 MOA accuracy is exceptional, the bomb-like damage it causes on exit is not good for pelts. This year, I really want to learn how to properly skin and preserve my own harvested hides, so an alternative .223/.22-250 bullet that is more pelt-friendly is a must. Any recommendations?
Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.


  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,429 Senior Member
    Try a FMJ bullet, and drop the velocity back to a starting load. It should drill neat little holes and do minimal pelt damage. Head shots are your friend, whenever possible.
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  • N454casullN454casull Member Posts: 363 Member
    I have used the Barnes varmint grenades on coyotes. Fast DTR kills with no exit wound. All of them have been with a .223 or a .220swift at less than 300yrds. It pokes a nice little hole in one side and does some serious damage to the gut of the animal.
  • DurwoodDurwood Senior Member Posts: 970 Senior Member
    I used to coyote hunt a lot...nowadays they are a target of opportunity for me. I kill them in deer season because they compete for a lot of the same food sources as bobcats and I really want a bobcat mount. I used to use Nosler 55 gr Ballistic tips on coyotes from a .223, 220 Swift and .22-250. Pelt damage varies. A typical chest shot usually make a bigger hole than you really want, but it doesn't usually destroy them. I shot a couple of weeks ago with my 7mm-08 and 140 NBTs at about 100 yds for both and let me tell ya, it was UGLY.
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  • 1965Jeff1965Jeff Senior Member Posts: 1,612 Senior Member
    I really like the accuracy of 55gr ballistic tip bullet but for pelt damage concerns recommend FMJ in .223 as long as you are not @ close range.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 19,009 Senior Member
    I expect you need to go one way or the other. Go to something that explodes faster than the V-max, like the Barnes Varmint Grenade, or go the FMJ route.
    Just because, I'd probably try the VG's first and if they don't work, then relegate myself to the FMJ's
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  • calebibcalebib Senior Member Posts: 1,701 Senior Member
    Sierra Match King?
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 3,328 Senior Member
    I've used Barnes Varmint Grenades in 243 with really good results. Those things come apart rapidly on impact and generally don't exit. At least on larger animals. I have blown up some rabbits with them. Otherwise, the FMJ bullet sounds like a good plan and much cheaper.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,408 Senior Member
    Lots of good options tossed out in this thread. I'm going to do some bullet buying this week for my big game rifles anyway, so I may chuck a few boxes of the aforementioned bullets in there with them. The coyote season is in full swing!
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,188 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Every time I see this post, I think it says " PET friendly .223 bullet".

    Glad I ain't the only one with eyes acting up...
    Overkill is underrated.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,408 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Every time I see this post, I think it says " PET friendly .223 bullet".

    Well, when you consider that, here in Nevada, most of the "missing pet" signs have nothing to do with a PERSON taking a pet away, you could argue that ANY .223 bullet is indirectly "pet friendly" when used on a coyote.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,205 Senior Member
    calebib wrote: »
    Sierra Match King?

    I don't know...I've made some pretty monumental holes in critters with a similar BTHP Match bullet...assuming you don't hit a bone, they're not bad though...
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