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6.5 bullets

Postby kflan22 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:28 pm

What bullets are you 6.5 guys shooting at coyotes? I'd like one bullet that would work well for coyotes and deer but don't want to be cutting the coyotes in 2. I was thinking 120 ballistic tip but not sure how it would perform on something small like a coyote as they can expand pretty quick. Cartridge is a 6.5x47 Lapua with a 26" 1 in 8 twist Criterion barrel.


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Re: 6.5 bullets

Postby Coyotehunter » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:35 pm

not really a fur friendly caliber
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Re: 6.5 bullets

Postby xdeano » Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:28 pm

I'd say try some Lapua Scenars. I've had good luck with them in my 308 as far as fur damage. They should be fairly decent in the 6.5 also. Anything ballistic tip is going to open them up. The berger target vld bullets are decent, don't go with the hunting vld's, but the standard vld will punch a nice little hole.

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Re: 6.5 bullets

Postby barebackjack » Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:00 pm

Coyotehunter wrote:not really a fur friendly caliber


That depends on you definition of "fur friendly". :wink:

I shot a fair pile with my .260 and 123 grain Lapua Scenars last year, and while its not as "fur friendly" as say a .22-250 or .223, I was continually VERY surprised at the lack of damage on good hits. Even broadside hits to the riblets ended surprisingly well. A poor hit usually did more damage, but thats true of any caliber. I killed coyotes from 75 to 606 yards with it, and every time I walked up to a carcass I was always expecting a mess, and it never happened (and yes, I even had a couple less than ideal hits in there).

Ive always said that "match" bullets often work surprisingly well for fur.

Id take the .260 and scenars over the .243 and 87 grain v-maxes ANY day of the week in a contest of "fur friendliness". Im just not a fan of any of the v-max bullets in any size or caliber.


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