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#3087619 - 12/19/12 08:25 PM Ok so this is what I settled on
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Howa 1500 .223
Kings Desert Shadow camo
Nikko Stirling "nighteater" 3-10X42 scope
Not sure what barrel length you call it, from muzzle to chamber it is like 20".

My good friend bought his daughter the same rifle in black and he said it is a shooter, so we will see.

Tried the "claw" sling, never had one before but I think I like it.
Tried to buy a bi-pod but they didn't have one in stock that swiveled so I held off on that.

No big deal because they had ZERO .223 shells in the entire store.
They said it has been non-stop from open till close for the last 3 days.
I saw one man buy 4 Marlin bolt action rifles while I was there.
When they called mine in, there were 9 background checks "in process".
Took mine about 1 1/2 hours to clear.

Now I just need to hear the top 3 or 4 suggestions as to bullets for coyotes and I will go from there.... whenever I can actually buy some.

Yes I am excited and felt like a woman shopping for shoes when I was picking out a sling that matched as close as possible. \:D



Sorry for the picture quality, my new smart phone don't have the best camera.
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#3087632 - 12/19/12 08:30 PM Re: Ok so this is what I settled on [Re: RUGER]
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Good looking rig. You'll love the claw sling. I have them on most of my rifles and my turkey gun. Don't have a .223 so no help on bullets but if Fusion makes one I'd try it. They're wicked in a .243.
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#3087696 - 12/19/12 09:13 PM Re: Ok so this is what I settled on [Re: Gravey]
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Had to look twice...camo blends into carpet very well.

20" Barrel its is yes. And i would start with -

http://www.hornady.com/store/223-Rem-40-gr-V-MAX/
http://www.hornady.com/store/223-Rem-53-gr-V-MAX-Superformance/
http://www.hornady.com/store/223-Rem-55-gr-V-MAX/

It is a 1:12 barrel so could possibly have issues with bullets over 55gr but you will have to run some to see. Hornaday has the best selection of factory ammo that i know of and that i can speak 1st hand of. if you would want to get in to handloading there are several bullets to choose from and you can taylor a load for that specific rifle and twist. as i offered before anytime you wanna try a few different loads/bullet combination to find the "right" ammo just let me know.

BTW really good looking rig

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#3087717 - 12/19/12 09:22 PM Re: Ok so this is what I settled on [Re: Mid]
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sweet rig
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#3087769 - 12/19/12 09:57 PM Re: Ok so this is what I settled on [Re: easy45]
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I'd go with the V-Max. They are bad to the bone splinters.
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#3087774 - 12/19/12 09:57 PM Re: Ok so this is what I settled on [Re: TeamMainStreet]
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That is a sweet lookin rig BTW. I'm jealous.
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#3087868 - 12/19/12 11:18 PM Re: Ok so this is what I settled on [Re: TeamMainStreet]
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Nice gun.as for the sling love the claws want slip as you are walking. And for ammo i used hornady 55gr vmax and the yotes hate it. Accuracy was great
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#3087923 - 12/20/12 04:34 AM Re: Ok so this is what I settled on [Re: reloadxx]
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Thanks everyone I am tickled.
I can't wait to fire her up and see what she will do.

Mid, thanks for the information.
I guess I will try all three of those and see if there is any difference between them (or how much) and go from there.

If all three shot fine out of your rifle, which one would you choose?
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#3088124 - 12/20/12 08:07 AM Re: Ok so this is what I settled on [Re: RUGER]
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I would choose the 55 gr. Because thats the most popular which means easier to find.
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#3088188 - 12/20/12 08:51 AM Re: Ok so this is what I settled on [Re: Rockhound]
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55gr VMAX for sure. Terminal preformance is fantastic and the "out of the box" ballistics from Hornaday is, IMO, second to none in factory varmint loads. I did a little more reading last evening on bullets and a 1:12 twist, some have been getting good results & accuracy with FB ballistics tips such as the VMAX(Flat Base), however they have been running them very hard to keep them stabilized. If the 55gr pills can give you MOA accruacy out to your maximum comfortable range thats is what i would choose, if not it may take several test runs with different load offerings to find the sweet spot. with a dedicated predator rig i would accept nothing but 1/2 MOA accuracy or less out to my maximum comfortable range (in my case, my rifle that is 300yrds with the 77gr OTM's). Accuracy in a big game rifle is important...in a predator rifle it is imperative.
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