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First off, yes. I know .223 is not popular with some for hunting deer since they see it as "underpowered". I think that theory is BS based on what I have seen/heard from friends and family who have used .223 for years to hunt deer, and from what I've read on numerous sites and forums. If you put the round where it needs to go, it will take down a deer just fine.

Now then, on to the purpose of this thread. I plan on going deer (whitetail) hunting this year, and wanted to use a .223. I'm trying to decide on what bullet I want to use. (I reload, so I was planning on making my own). I'm trying to decide between either some 65gr Sierra GameKing bullets, or some Barnes TSX bullets (62gr, or 70 gr). Any opinions on these two, or any recommendations on other bullets?

My rifle has a 1:7 twist, so it should be able to handle the 60gr-80gr bullets just fine shouldn't it?

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My rifle has a 1:7 twist, so it should be able to handle the 60gr-80gr bullets just fine shouldn't it?

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Cant answer your other question about an effective round but can answer the one about the 1 in 7

1:7 was almosta bit of an overtwist even for M855 62 gr.
I had a chart somewhere but I lost it

Your 70, 75 and 77 gr common loads should do real well with that twist for accuracy.
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Aaron,Use the Sierra 65 grain Gameking's.
I've used them for years,and they work very well on whitetails out to 200 yards. Shot placement is a must when using a 223,but the 65 grain Sierra's will do the job quickly.

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I would choose either the Winchester 64 grain Power Point or the Nosler 60 grain Partition. Both have performed well for me.

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The Winchester 64 grain Power Point is a great bullet,but it's impossible to find any right now. I've never had any luck getting the Nosler Partitions to shoot great out of my 223's.

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Have you given any thought to the fusion 62 grainer? They shoot great out of most 223s I've shot them in and there is (in my opinion) not a better bullet out there for deer size game...but I quit looking after I found them. I have see a bunch of 223 64 grain power points up here at xabelas in Louisville the last few weeks.

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The Winchester 64 grain Power Point is a great bullet,but it's impossible to find any right now. I've never had any luck getting the Nosler Partitions to shoot great out of my 223's.
Federal website has some ammo breakdown for deer hunting, compared to varmint bagging!

http://www.federalpremium.com/products/rifle.aspx

223 Rem 64 grain Soft-Point Power-Shok
223 Rem 62 grain Fusion, Fusion
223 Rem 62 grain Fusion, Fusion MSR
223 Rem 60 grain Nosler Partition, Vital-Shok

Note: MidwayUSA has the Federal Fusion Ammo, 62 grain spritzer Boat Tail

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/915179/federal-fusion-ammunition-223-remington-62-grain-spitzer-boat-tail-box-of-20
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Are you planning on buying factory loads or are you working up your own?

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Federal website has some ammo breakdown for deer hunting, compared to varmint bagging!

http://www.federalpremium.com/products/rifle.aspx

223 Rem 64 grain Soft-Point Power-Shok
223 Rem 62 grain Fusion, Fusion
223 Rem 62 grain Fusion, Fusion MSR
223 Rem 60 grain Nosler Partition, Vital-Shok

Note: MidwayUSA has the Federal Fusion Ammo, 62 grain spritzer Boat Tail

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/915179/federal-fusion-ammunition-223-remington-62-grain-spitzer-boat-tail-box-of-20
That's a decent price. I am paying 22 bucks a box for the fusions where I'm at. You can get those shipped for 20.85.
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Are you planning on buying factory loads or are you working up your own?
Working up my own of course.
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