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I purchased a Cooper .20VT for ground squirrels a couple of years ago, not really considering that I would be using it for any animals larger, since I ordinarily use a .22-250 for coyotes. The .22-250 is much heavier, though and I felt that I might use the .20VT for squirrels as well as coyotes, provided the .20 can take down these larger predators. If it just doesn't have the punch with 32 grain Nosler BTs at 3,500 fps at the muzzle, I will take the .22-250 along, even though it is several pounds heavier, but with a bullet weight of 55 grains.
I plan on doing a lot of walking in some wide-open rangeland, hence my wanting to go light. I could take both rifles, but we are taking a motorhome and space is at a premium.
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I would be careful where you place the shot, but should be fine. A nice headshot would be the best, but never always practical...
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You'll be fine. I've taken them with smaller 17's with no problems. the 20 VT is a fine cartridge.
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Thanks, guys. The .22-250 is a great rifle out to 300 yards or more, but hey...most coyotes I have shot are usually at 100 yards or less. The 55-grain Nosler BTs opens huge holes in the animal. I don't want the animal to suffer, but at ranges shorter than 200 yards, I have had no problem with accuracy with the VarTarg, but a 32 grain bullet....well, I had my doubts. If the VT fails to achieve clean kills, I will just use my .270.
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I'd never pass up a shot at a 'yote with my 20 VT...40 V max through the lungs out to 300 yds.....mine is a 14# heavy table gun..[IMG][/IMG]