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Old 10-19-2010, 12:44 PM   #1
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Default Barnes .224 53 gr. TSX FB bullet in an AR-15.

My main purpose in developing this load is to have a round/rifle combination
that my 11 year old son and I can both shoot while hunting. Due to his age
and where we rifle hunt (Wisconsin) the regulations require only one rifle per
Mentor/Youth hunter combination. Since my Barnes Manual did not contain
data on this bullet I called Barnes and they forwarded me the current data
on that bullet.

I had purchased some .224 Barnes 53 gr TSX FB bullets. I am shooting a
stock Bushmaster Target Model A3 Rifle. It has a 20" Chrome lined heavy
target barrel with a 1:9" twist.

I selected Varget as my powder of choice as I use it in several other rifles
cartridges I reload for. Accurate 2230 and 2520 were also considered.

I was shooting at a range of 100 yards. I am shooting with iron sights. My
starting load was 24.5 grs. stepped in 0.2 grain increments with the heavy
charge being 26.3 grs.

Shooting from a front rest my tightest groups averaged a standard deviation
of 0.88 inches and centered around a charge weight of 25.3 grains. What is
really nice is these groups were only 1" lower at 100 yards than my current
target round. I don't think the dead deer will mind that much.

I will be getting some Barnes .224 62 gr TSX BT in the future to work up a load.

I have used Barnes TSX bullets in my BAR .30-06, Winchester Mod. 70
.300 H&H Magnum, and Rem Mod. 700 7mm Rem Mag. with great results, I
have never had to track an animal I shot with a TSX.

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Old 10-19-2010, 01:05 PM   #2
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Good bullets. They have a 55 gr. too. A buddy of mine use to borrow my .220 Swift for Oklahoma deer season and I loaded them with the Barnes TSX...he dropped a pile of deer with that combo.

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Good bullets. They have a 55 gr. too. A buddy of mine use to borrow my .220 Swift for Oklahoma deer season and I loaded them with the Barnes TSX...he dropped a pile of deer with that combo.
Nobody around here carries a good selection of Barnes bullets.
I am going to have to start ordering them online. But with Deer
season on I did not have alot of choice. I need to plan better
in the future, I have been telling myself that for years... LOL
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If you're gonna order them check out Powder Valley Inc...good prices.
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Not trying to hijack your thread but I have to say this. IMO, 223 is just too small for deer. Why not step up to a 243? Recoil is still modest and it is much more effective on game.

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Not trying to hijack your thread but I have to say this. IMO, 223 is just too
small for deer. Why not step up to a 243? Recoil is still modest and it is
much more effective on game.
I expected the question to come up. I have been tearing up deer with
my 7mm and .30-06 so I am moving down in caliber. The problem is I have
nothing between .223 and .284, gonna have to solve that problem, maybe
a .25-06.

I used to think the same way. I have found the error in my ways.
243, 257 and 270 are more common whitetail rounds but using a high
performance bullet like a TSX or Nosler Partition you can take Whitetails
with ease.

Also Wisconsin where I rifle hunt allows .22 centerfire as minimum caliber
for rifle hunting of deer.
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NC allows .22 centerfire too but personally I wouldn't use it. Not saying a 223 can't kill a deer, I just think there are better options. If you can harvest them cleanly with your set up, I have no issue.

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If you're gonna order them check out Powder Valley Inc...good prices.
Powder Valley, Inc.
Thanks for the link, good pricing if they had any... Story of my life...

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BAR22443 .224 53 GR TRIPLE-SHOCK FB (50) Out of Stock $22.64
BAR22444 .224 55 GR TRIPLE-SHOCK FB (50) Out of Stock $22.79
BAR22460 .224 62 GR TRIPLE-SHOCK BT (50) Out of Stock $23.35
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NC allows .22 centerfire too but personally I wouldn't use it. Not saying a 223 can't kill a deer, I just think there are better options. If you can harvest them cleanly with your set up, I have no issue.
I think shot placement has more to do with it than caliber; my son shot a
deer with his .35 Remington lever gun he shreaded both lung and the deer
still ran 30-40 yards before dying. Missed the heart and major arteries.

I got 2 deer a couple of years ago with head shots, amazing what a 7mm will
do to a deer skull. My wife is into tanning the hide and bitches about exit
wounds.
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What does she get for a tanned hide? Fur on.

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