Victor,victorcharlie said:Lawdog, LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE KILLED COYOTES WITH THE .17[/color]
Yes.My next question: Can the .223 be loaded down to the Hornet's velocity to quiet it down, yet still retain its accuracy and lethality?
Lone Star said:If you handload you can use a .223 to great effectiveness out to 200 yards by loading a 35 to 40-grain bullet and BlueDot powder. This produces an extremely accurate load with a report close to a normal Hornet, yet a velocity around 3000 fps. This gives you a huge number of rifles to chose from, not just the very few available in smaller cartridges like the .218 Bee, .22 Hornet, .25-20, etc. Nothing wrong with the latter three of course - I use a .25-20 for small game myself - but the .223 is more versatile. If you ever want to go varmint hunting in another area, full-power .223 loads give you the ability to engage targets out to 300 yards and beyond.