From my experience the Hornady V-Max seems to be a bit more explosive than the Nostler Ballistic Tips at .223 velocity. Though both will more than do the job at out to 150 yards.
Pick one that is 55 grains. Use H-335 about 25.0 grains with a small rifle primer, or small rifle mag primer. Any small critter you hit with one will show it for sure. Note start lower, and work up to that load it is on the upper end of the load spectrum. You may get great accuracy before you get to that weight. I shoot that load out of several rifles, all give bug hole groups at 100 yards.
No matter how many times you do it and nothing happens it only takes something going wrong one time to kill you.