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Old 06-23-2013, 08:31 AM   #1
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What is best deer hunting load for 5x56 or .223? Want to make sure it's the most piercing round . Don't want to only injure a deer

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Old 06-23-2013, 08:47 AM   #2
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I read that is before, doesn't have anything about ammo to use
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I read that is before, doesn't have anything about ammo to use
http://www.frankonia.de/202348/123874/productdetail.html?pagingSize=32&lastSelected=f_s_ marke&sortOption=f_n_sortmatrix_70_30_30_30&f_s_ma rke=Sellier+--+Bellot&page=0&displayType=gallery&f_s_kaliber=.22 3+Rem.&articleNumber=60155&navCategoryId=6808

So it doesn't! Ok, this is what I hunt with. Sellier and Bellot. It is available in the states too. I would only hunt small Roe deer though. I also use it for fox. For bigger game I would recommend .308 (AR10), but they are much more expensive guns. I found the optimal shot with .223 is a heart chamber shot at no more than 100 meters. Others would disagree with this advice, but I am thinking about the quick, humane one shot kill. Waidmannsheil! Good harvesting!
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http://www.frankonia.de/202348/123874/productdetail.html?pagingSize=32&lastSelected=f_s_ marke&sortOption=f_n_sortmatrix_70_30_30_30&f_s_ma rke=Sellier+--+Bellot&page=0&displayType=gallery&f_s_kaliber=.22 3+Rem.&articleNumber=60155&navCategoryId=6808

So it doesn't! Ok, this is what I hunt with. Sellier and Bellot. It is available in the states too. I would only hunt small Roe deer though. I also use it for fox. For bigger game I would recommend .308 (AR10), but they are much more expensive guns. I found the optimal shot with .223 is a heart chamber shot at no more than 100 meters. Others would disagree with this advice, but I am thinking about the quick, humane one shot kill. Waidmannsheil! Good harvesting!
There we go thank you for your opinion! I wouldn't shoot a deer over 150 yards with .223 unless I have an absolute clean head shot but even then I doubt it
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Winchester Power Points on small whitetail taken close. There are other lads that use bonded or solid copper hollow point bullets as well. Big challenge for the .223 up close for penetration is getting the bullets to hold together.

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Winchester Power Points on small whitetail taken close. There are other lads that use bonded or solid copper hollow point bullets as well. Big challenge for the .223 up close for penetration is getting the bullets to hold together.
What's your suggestion for around 100 yards
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.458 SOCOM is what we use in Indiana.

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What's your suggestion for around 100 yards
Those same Winchester power points or other bonded or solid bullet load in a upper weight of 62gr or higher. If you use a 20" barrel the bullet will still be likely to be traveling over 2400 fps where jackets tend to fail on impact.
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.458 SOCOM is what we use in Indiana.
Thought he was asking specifically about 5.56 or .223 loads.

In the south in tight woods with small deer, .223 can be effective. Not ideal, but humane kills can be made. You have to know you have your shot perfect. You have to have a load that will hold together. Deer in the 90-120 lb range are probably the best candidates. If a big old buck walks in I'd probably cuss and pass on the shot.

Indiana corn fed monster deer should have a heavier caliber used, same as some the big mule deer out west.
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