max effective range of .223 on varmints?

Discussion in 'Rifle Talk' started by 870 ExpressMag, Jun 6, 2005.

  1. 870 ExpressMag

    870 ExpressMag Guest

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    can anyone tell me the max effective range of a .223 rem on groundhogs/woodchucks....i just bought a new handr single shot heavy barrel .223rem and i am going to use it along with my .17hmr for ground hogs so i was just curious how far out i could take them and still get clean kills....and how far are they accuarate too?
     
  2. shooter93

    shooter93 Well-Known Member

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    with 50 and 55 gr. bullets I'd call it a 300 yard rifle maybe a shade less, 250 yds. eastern ground hogs can get pretty large so for me that's the max to assure a humane kill. If you have a fast twist bigger bullets help at longer ranges.
     

  3. mountainview

    mountainview Super Member

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    Ditto on what 93 said. Much past 250 yards, the dropoff in trajectory becomes rather pronounced. To go out past 250, I'd look at a 22-250 or a Swift.
     
  4. mak48

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    250 is a good ways but if you were confident and had the right ammunition i've see shots past 400 with the .223, but I seriously stress making a humane kill and not wounding anything, its the least we could all do, so please only shoot comfortable distances.