Originally Posted by seancslaughter
Actually that is one of the reasons the military uses it. It is listed in quite a few study guides and doctrines the military uses so it is fact. The 5.56 round does do a lot of damage I agree I have seen a guy shot in the hip have an exit wound out of his neck because the round struck bone and redirected on a upward path then ricochet off another bone in his spine and finally exit the backside of his neck. He survived but is a paraplegic and is also probably still rotting in an Iraqi prison. I have hit a guy multiple times with 5.56 and had him still mobile and I've hit others with 2 shots and they dropped it all depends on where they are hit and how the round traveled. And yes you can drop a deer with it because your using a hunting load not 5.55 NATO ball.
It's illegal to use FMJ for hunting so I would never do that...but my friends do, and I can tell you that when that 5.56 round enters the deer, it starts to yaw, and tumble, and creates a deadly force.
To say that the round was designed to wound is completely false as far as I know. It really makes no sense to think like that as far as I can see.
We just went with a lighter round because the military felt that it was the best tactic, most soldiers at the time engaged the target at under 100 yards (or whatever) so there was not so much need for a big heavy hard hitting M14.