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Old 09-16-2016, 06:27 PM   #1
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Best FACTORY ammo for south MS whitetail deer???
50-75 yard shot
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Old 09-16-2016, 07:46 PM   #2
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What twist? I'd start with a 60-65 grain soft point. Or try the solid copper bullets, they penetrate and expand well, but are much pricier.

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For a few years I was totally sold on Sierra's 65 gr Game King spitzer at near 3000 fps!
Then last year my stock of the original bullets ran low and I reordered 200 more; Well sadly my streak of one shot kills ended and I actually lost two deer that were hit solidly in the lungs!
I don't know if Sierra changed something or maybe just the jacket and core separate for some reason but my confidence has taken a serious hit and both my 223's have been removed from my whitetail arsenal!
I will be using my 308 Savage and 45/70 Marlin this year since I get sick when I cripple up an animal and loose it!
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my twist is 1:8. I'm really just looking for a factory ammo. I'm 100% brand new to AR's but im also not really mad at them deer anymore and generally just shoot a doe or 2 a year and save the rest for my niece lol. I've always hunted with 7mag or 300mag and i understand their ballistics pretty well but clueless to AR. My 1st thought was 77gr Buffalo Bore but i saw a chart where they dont expand much and dont retain their weight well at all. The chart was done by military and the 2 best looking results were Winchester 64gr power point & the m855???? Thanks for any input guys
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Take a peek at the chart. With a 1-8, your rifle will do best with 62 gr and up. Below that is not dangerous- just not the best accuracy.

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As far as a factory load, I freely admit a liking for Federal- come to think of it, I cannot remember a BAD load from Federal. for your purposes, the 62 grain Federal Vital Shok would be one choice. Polymer tip, good penetration, flat shooting.
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The 70gr Barnes TSX would be my first choice, otherwise the Federal Fusion are excellent, and also designed for hunting.
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Take a peek at the chart. With a 1-8, your rifle will do best with 62 gr and up. Below that is not dangerous- just not the best accuracy.

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As far as a factory load, I freely admit a liking for Federal- come to think of it, I cannot remember a BAD load from Federal. for your purposes, the 62 grain Federal Vital Shok would be one choice. Polymer tip, good penetration, flat shooting.
I would call foul on your chart as for as the 1-9 twist goes, I have two Savage bolt actions and both have 1-9 twist rates.
The 69 gr is the most accurate of all followed by the 65 gr; as for the 40 gr stuff if it is lead core you must shoot very mild loads to keep the bullets from disintegrating because of centrifugal force caused from over rotation!
55 gr is the lightest bullets that I will now purchase for my rifles, period!
I guess if you are shooting one of those AR rifles with a 16-18" barrel they might not achieve enough MV to share those problems but one of mine has a 22" and the other has a 26"!
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How big do the deer get in Mississippi? If they are decent size you might want to stick with the 7 mil or 30 calibers.
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my twist is 1:8. I'm really just looking for a factory ammo. I'm 100% brand new to AR's but im also not really mad at them deer anymore and generally just shoot a doe or 2 a year and save the rest for my niece lol. I've always hunted with 7mag or 300mag and i understand their ballistics pretty well but clueless to AR. My 1st thought was 77gr Buffalo Bore but i saw a chart where they dont expand much and dont retain their weight well at all. The chart was done by military and the 2 best looking results were Winchester 64gr power point & the m855???? Thanks for any input guys
I'm kinda like you on this, I only kill deer for meat as I have enough antlers on the wall. I would just as soon kill a fat doe as a ten point buck, seriously!
My goal is to put three deer in my freezer each year, mostly ground and cubed. Very little meat goes to waste this way although I've been saving some recipes from outdoor hub and a few other sites for steaks and roast which sound great!
My use of ground venison can be spaghetti, hamburger helper, and your usual hamburgers and hamburger steaks along with many more options!
One of our favorite is to mix 1/2 pint of Dales Seasoning with 6 lb venison and mix well then use a jerky shooter to load the dehydrator! You can use red cayenne pepper on the lower racks and have both hot and mild jerky at the same time, good if you have kids around!
As for the cubed, just sprinkle liberally with Tony's Cajun seasoning roll in a little flour and fry just until lightly brown, serve with eggs and home made biscuits for breakfast, I guarantee this will become an instant favorite!
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they dont get too big 100 pound doe's and 180 pound is very large for my area
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