This is a flat-shooting cartridge. Its 3,100 fps muzzle velocity gives its 50 grain bullet a 0.204 G1 ballistic coefficient, which means its trajectory should only rise above the muzzle line by approximately 2.55” before it hits a 200-yard target. The bullet also reaches 225 yards with approximately 500 ft lbs of energy, which should prove sufficient for humanely killing all but the most monstrous coyote.
If you understand why the jacketed hollow point is preferred for defensive shooting, then you already know what makes it so deadly to small game. The JHP initiates terminal expansion the second it enters its target, mushrooming outward to punch a wide injury into the quarry. Federal’s Boxer-primed brass cases are also reloadable, so you’ll come back from your hunt with good components in addition to good stories.
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