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Hope everyone had a great Christmas. I'm seeking opinions/suggestions on what would be the best .223 Handi barrel for coyotes in middle Tennessee. I mention middle Tennessee because, more than likely, I would not be making long shots like someone out west. Generally, our fields are smaller, and our woods are mostly brushy with undergrowth, not so much open like woods with mature hardwoods. Thanks for your help.

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I like the 20 inch Superlight, mainly because I like light and Handi. Here on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the terrain is much as you describe with five or so months of snow added in. I use a 3-9x40 Bushnell Banner, usually set at 3 or 4 power, sighted at 200 yards.

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[QUOTE=petemi;2056000988]I like the 20 inch Superlight, mainly because I like light and Handi. Here on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, the terrain is much as you describe with five or so months of snow added in. I use a 3-9x40 Bushnell Banner, usually set at 3 or 4 power, sighted at 200 yards.

Pete, thanks for the recommendation. I'm relatively new to the Handis, even though I own a few. I don't know how to differentiate between the different barrel configurations, such a Ultra Lite, Super lite etc. How can I recognize a SuperLight barrel?
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Superlight barrels are 20" and slim down a lot just past the chamber swell much the same as vintage Topper rifle barrels, they don't start fat and taper slowly to the muzzle like 22" barrels do.

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I also recommend shorter. But like a heavier contour handis are Light and I like a bit of muzzle Forward weight in them.

If shorter is appealing a few minutes with a hack saw, a Flat file and a carriage bolt with valve grinding compound will have a barrel pruned to any legal Length you desire.

If your not dead set on the 223, there are a couple Other calibers that might make a search easier and faster.
I have a good shooting 22 Hornet I love mine and shot it enough to warrant the Improved conversion. This was done for brass life more then power improvement.
The 300 Black out is another good round with supers. Don’t sell the lil 300 short most that do only look at it as a QCB hand Gun round for use with a suppressor and subs. It can do ALLOT more!

Big of these can excel under the conditions your suggesting.

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I have a standard 223 barrel that I had shortened to 16 1/2". It is more accurate and easier to use in the woods than before. Longer barrels are nice at the range, this one is for ease of packing when looking for critters.
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Superlight barrels are 20" and slim down a lot just past the chamber swell much the same as vintage Topper rifle barrels, they don't start fat and taper slowly to the muzzle like 22" barrels do.

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Thanks for your reply and the pics. The comparison is easy to see in the pics. I guess I was hoping for a "sticky" that covered all of the barrels, with information (if available) that would allow accurate identification in the field.
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I have a standard 223 barrel that I had shortened to 16 1/2". It is more accurate and easier to use in the woods than before. Longer barrels are nice at the range, this one is for ease of packing when looking for critters.
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Thanks for your reply. I think I may have a "Super 16" barrel for my TCs, but was looking for a .223 barrel that would fit one of my Handi rifles, with extractor, that would be the best coyote barrel.
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I also recommend shorter. But like a heavier contour handis are Light and I like a bit of muzzle Forward weight in them.

If shorter is appealing a few minutes with a hack saw, a Flat file and a carriage bolt with valve grinding compound will have a barrel pruned to any legal Length you desire.

If your not dead set on the 223, there are a couple Other calibers that might make a search easier and faster.
I have a good shooting 22 Hornet I love mine and shot it enough to warrant the Improved conversion. This was done for brass life more then power improvement.
The 300 Black out is another good round with supers. Donít sell the lil 300 short most that do only look at it as a QCB hand Gun round for use with a suppressor and subs. It can do ALLOT more!

Big of these can excel under the conditions your suggesting.

Good luck with your search!

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Thanks for your reply. I agree with you on the 22 Hornet, as I have a Handi in .22 Hornet that I bought from a member on here, and love it. I have .223s in other platforms, but wanted one that would also reach out a little further, on the Handi Rifle platform. Just like it's not easy to stop eating on just one Frito, it's not easy to be satisfied in Handi Rifle barrels. Always need one more!
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I mentioned it cause it perfectly fits the property You describe and I also hunt.

I have shot wood chucks with my Contender PISTOL in Hornet at over 250y. It pretty much just pokes a hole from that short barrel. But kilt him dead!
In the 22” in its improved guise it would likely still have the steam to expand.

Coyotes generally have a nickel or almost quarter sized exit from 50g exp Sierra bullets. Our Coyotes are big. Can’t remember the last one UNDER 50#.

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