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Old 05-29-2013, 06:54 PM   #1
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What is a good deer hunting caliber for the ar-15 that isn't hard to find or expensive in parts?

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Depends on the deer. For small deer like Roe, .223. For larger deer, I would buy an AR 10 (.308).

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Depends on the deer. For small deer like Roe, .223. For larger deer, I would buy an AR 10 (.308).
I am already building an ar-15 and have the lower. I hunt whitetail.
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I use 55 grain soft tip from Sellier and Bellot for Roe. For whitetail, I would go with the Remington hypersonic 62 grain. It is even offered in Germany too.... There are other companies, but over 55 grains is my recommendation for whitetail.

http://www.frankonia.de/789562/356657/productdetail.html?pagingSize=16&lastSelected=f_s_ kaliber&sortOption=f_n_sortmatrix_70_30_30_30&page =0&displayType=gallery&f_s_kaliber=.223+Rem.&artic leNumber=177194&navCategoryId=6808

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What is a good deer hunting caliber for the ar-15 that isn't hard to find or expensive in parts?
There are plenty of AR calibers to choose from. But since you're specifying AR15 (as opposed to all ARs (AR10), 243win, 308win, 338fed, etc), I would lean toward 300blk. 6.8spc is also a very competent caliber, but the products that support it may only become harder to find in coming months and years as 300blk gobbles up its potential market.

6.8spc is ballistically similar to a 7.62x39 with generally higher grade bullets and finer accuracy. I've been told by many that 300blk is making it a 'dead' caliber. There's some truth to that, but it'll be around for several more years and can be a fine option. 300blk may be your best option, or you can step up to the AR10 platform that includes 243, 308, etc.
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Check your state game laws. Here in Colorado center fire rifles for big game must be .24 cal minimum. Bullet weight must be at least 70 grains (85 for elk/moose). Also must have 1000 foot pounds energy at 100 yards. I've have heard some states allow .22 cal.

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Check your state game laws. Here in Colorado center fire rifles for big game must be .24 cal minimum. Bullet weight must be at least 70 grains (85 for elk/moose). Also must have 1000 foot pounds energy at 100 yards. I've have heard some states allow .22 cal.
I live In Texas and they allow .223.
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I use 55 grain soft tip from Sellier and Bellot for Roe. For whitetail, I would go with the Remington hypersonic 62 grain. It is even offered in Germany too.... There are other companies, but over 55 grains is my recommendation for whitetail.

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Are the 62 grain bullets btip?
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It says soft point. Not sure if ball tip. It flies pretty flat at 60 meters a second. Hence, hypersonic. I am interested myself now for longer shots.

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It says soft point. Not sure if ball tip. It flies pretty flat at 60 meters a second. Hence, hypersonic. I am interested myself now for longer shots.
Kool. The site was in German so I had no idea.
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