.224 bullet for Water Varmint

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    Dry Powder
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    Could someone recommend a bullet for Varmint performance at close to the water level. This
    is for Bank Beaver a genetic mutation that I have
    a lot of problems in a property of mine in Canada.
    Bank beaver can grow to over 60 lb..
    I have a trappers permit but because of the steep banks
    this critter is tough to trap humanely. Pelt Value is
    very low so a clean Kill is the objective. You often have about a 1 1/2 inch target at 125 yards above water
    so although I have used a 22 rim fire, at that range
    they need a bigger target. I have tried full metal
    jacket but my 1 in 14 twist shatters those 50 grain
    pellets. Any ideas, good performance just below the water would be good.

    warpig883
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    People around here hunt beaver during the spring flooding like that. 22 mag is popular.

    I don't think the 17 rimfire would cleanly kill a head shot large beaver at 125 yards, it would probably be crippled and dive.

    17 Reminton or 222 maybe???? There would be pelt damage though.






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    Dry Powder
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    Sorry, I had trouble logging in this morning and had to retype
    the Question ... I forgot to point out that I want to use a
    222 Remington (in Sako) with a 1 in 14 twist. In my experience we do a lot of competition work up here with 22's and we tend not to be fans of "22 Rimfire Magnums" for over 75 yards. My 222 is a tack driver and we have used it for benchrest in club events. I had tried speer 50 gr. FMJ.
    and as I explained they come apart in the air.

    WyomingSwede
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    I would think a FMJ would be the solution to your problems. Try a Hornady or Sierra. I dont think that you could get any surplus ammo in .222 rem. You got me stumped for sure.
    Wyoming Swede

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    Thanks Swede

    I had trier Speer 55 grain FMJ #1045.

    What FMJ had you had experience with I will try a box.



    WyomingSwede
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    I had used Sierra FMJ I think....what about using a 55 gr roundnose softpoint...shouldnt bounce as bad as the spitzers???

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    perhaps a slow traveling cast lead bullet would work.

    Edited by: AmOtramp at: 2/17/03 8:52:13 am

    Dry Powder
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    I have a friend up here who feels my experience with FMJ
    is not typical. I have never used cast bullets.
    I think I will give FMJ's another chance in a Sierra. Wait to spring and I'll give you an update.



    kdub01
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    I don't understand a full metal jacket shattering or coming apart in mid-air. They should hold together no matter what. The Speer FMJ has a somewhat more rounded nose - this may be what you want. The Triple Duce is a very good round, but not one to have such extreme velocities as to destabilize good .224 bullets.
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    Dry Powder
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    My only experience with FMJ was as described

    I Used ... Speer 55 grain FMJ #1045

    and I used them in a 22 PPC USA Crono'd at about 3,450 FPS. The first experience was a very large group from one
    round! I fired 2 more, same result. I see that Speer does not
    offer this particular round any more but I still have 60
    or so for sale cheap. The gun is 1 in 14 so not nasty or
    anything.

    Edited by: Dry Powder at: 2/18/03 1:14:02 pm
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