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I am sighting in my 14" 223 and would like your imput. My primary use for this will be varmints. My reload 40 gr V-Max's are shooting at approximately 2900 fps. For a varmint setup what should the point-blank range be. I can figure out the balistic side of all this. Basically I think that if I have it dead on at about 175 yards, the bullets trajectory will not have risen above an inch and a half. This is to say that out to 175 yards I can hold dead on and it will never impact more than an inch and a half high. Do you believe that it would be beneficial sighting it in for a little further out, to where the bullet may rise to two or two and a half inches in it's trajectory? What is ideal?
 

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Point-blank will be determined by the size of the intended quarry that you'll be shooting at most of the time with your 223. A couple inches high and low will work just fine for the RC's you have there around Poky - can be even more for something bigger like coyotes. Just keep in mind the downrange knock down of your particular loads verses animal size/weight as the ranges get longer. I once shot a coyote at 435 yards with a 14" 223 I had - solid hit first shot, but a little too far back and it didn't anchor the dog. Took follow-ups to finish it off, and he was a bugger to hit while doing tail spins at that range. Just some points to ponder.....
 
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