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Posted: 10/7/2005 4:32:19 PM EDT
What's the general consesus on the most destructive .223 factory load. I just picked up a nifty new savage 12fv and want something to give good fireworks on groundhogs and crows!
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 4:53:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Followthehollow:
What's the general consesus on the most destructive .223 factory load.




I vote for the one I would ever get hit with.    
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 5:02:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/7/2005 5:03:38 PM EDT by arowneragain]
Anything with a 40- to 55-grain nosler ballistic tip or hornady v-max should work well for crows and groundhogs, etc.

Link Posted: 10/7/2005 5:14:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By arowneragain:
Anything with a 40- to 55-grain nosler ballistic tip or hornady v-max should work well for crows and groundhogs, etc.




40 gr. is what I use on prairie dogs.  50 gr. is a tad better in wind, but doesnt give the best explosive results as the 40 gr. do, esp to pups.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 5:20:59 PM EDT
The Winchester white-box from Wally World, the 45 gr, has impressed the hell out of me.  For cheap devastation that is what I would reccomend.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 6:14:54 PM EDT
40 gr Nosler ballistic tip, been there,  done that, have many pictures....
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 6:51:05 PM EDT
thats the load I assumed would be.
Mind posting some of the pictures?
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 7:24:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By chewbacca:
The Winchester white-box from Wally World, the 45 gr, has impressed the hell out of me.  For cheap devastation that is what I would reccomend.



+1

It groups well too.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 7:51:12 PM EDT
Man I have been away from this board for maybe a year but I see the same questions are being asked.

I"m just sayin'.....
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 5:49:20 AM EDT
45gr. Winchester stuff is a good, cheap performer. I shoot mostly BH. blue box 50 gr. ballistic tip, some 52gr. blue box hollowpoint. Quality on these is more consistant.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 2:22:07 PM EDT
My buddy has had great success out west with the Black Hills remanufactured stuff (blue box). It's VERY accurate. He uses the 45gr, IIRC. P-dogs vaporize when they get hit with it. I would think crows would be no different.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 2:28:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/8/2005 2:30:58 PM EDT by thinman]
50gr Winchester BST exit wound



45gr Winchester JHP entrance wound (quartering to me when I shot)

Link Posted: 10/8/2005 5:01:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/9/2005 5:27:28 PM EDT by Meat3rz]
That ^ ^ ^ guys bullets are weak...



thats a 40gr nosler ballsitic tip at 250 yards at .22-250rem velocities, something like 4100+fps at the muzzle

Its fun watching thru the scope watching a dog do the 3 ft high flying guts spin.....

I have some more devistating pictures somewhere if i can find some time to look for em.
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