Barnes .224 53 gr. TSX FB bullet in an AR-15.

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Shade, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. Shade

    Shade New Member

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    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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  2. quigleysharps4570

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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.
     

  3. Shade

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    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:rolleyes:
     
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  5. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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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.
     
  6. Shade

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    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.
     
  7. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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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.
     
  8. Shade

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    Thanks for the link, good pricing if they had any... Story of my life...

     
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    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 *****es about exit
    wounds.
     
  10. spittinfire

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    What does she get for a tanned hide? Fur on.
     
  11. Shade

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    She keeps them, but she said they go for $150-200 depending on size.
    Considering the labor hours she has in one, it pays below minimum.
     
  12. quigleysharps4570

    quigleysharps4570 New Member

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    I'd keep checking back or e-mail them.