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Old 09-04-2013, 12:05 AM   #1
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Going on my first whitetail hunt this October, pretty exciting. I am actually pretty new to the whole hunting scene in general. This will be my second season going, first season shooting

Anyway I am going to be using my AR. I know there is a lot of discussion about hunting with .223/5.56. That is not the purpose of this post though. I am confident in my shooting ability and will be working at max 200yds.

So my question is about grain size, 55 seems to be the standard, I was thinking a 65 or even 70 grain 5.56 would be good? I dont know if they even make them that heavy. I also worry about velocity, will the heavier grain shorten my effective range?

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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First make sure you can use .223 Remington ammo in your state for whitetail only a few states allow it. I would suggest 70-90 grains. I use Barnes Tsx 70 gr with excellent results, WI allows .22 centerfire rifle for whitetail.

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First make sure you can use .223 Remington ammo in your state for whitetail only a few states allow it. I would suggest 70-90 grains. I use Barnes Tsx 70 gr with excellent results, WI allows .22 centerfire rifle for whitetail.
Thanks for the suggestion. In Idaho you can shoot Mule and white with .223.
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If you are getting off the shelf ammo, get the 65gr Hornady whitetail. Best SP on the market, IMO.

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Thanks for the suggestion. In Idaho you can shoot Mule and white with .223.
Cool beans.

I used to use a lot of Nosler Partitions, still a very good bullet.
But I have really grown to like the Barnes TSX bullets for all
my hunting needs, no tracking with them.

With good glass you can get out farther than 200 yds, if you have
a flat top upper receiver. I will shoot at coyote at 300-400 yds.
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Federal Fusion MSR .556 62 grain has casued a lot of DRT deer in NC

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What is the rate of twist in your barrel. 1in9 is good up to 62 grains. you will need 1 in 7 or 1 in 8 to stabilize heavier bullets. Accuracy will suffer.

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What is the rate of twist in your barrel. 1in9 is good up to 62 grains. you will need 1 in 7 or 1 in 8 to stabilize heavier bullets. Accuracy will suffer.
Thanks for pointing that out, information I am looking for. My barrel is a 1 in 9 twist.
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The barnes may be the best bullet for hunting but regardless stay with a heavier bullet and know when to let the game walk on by if you don't have the best shot. To many badly placed shots make for a bad day in the woods.

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Your rifle in 1:9 will handle up to 69 grains with the most accurate being about 62 as a general rule. When you get up above 69 grain the barrel twist is not fast enough to stabilize the bullet to the optimum. And one other important consideration. They do make heavier bullets than the 69 grain but in some instances they will not fit or feed properly from the AR Magazine. I guess the most important decision is the selection of the bullets construction to get the best effect on the game you are hunting. Barnes does make some fine hunting ammunition as Shade suggested.

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