Hunting with the 223.....Bolt action or AR?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Luminescence, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. Luminescence

    Luminescence New Member

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    Hey I was just wondering what sort of differences there might be in power, lethality and accuracy, using the 223 in either the semi auto AR or bolt action rifle?
     
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  2. SlamFire

    SlamFire New Member

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    Same, same. I could never warm up to .223 Rem.
     

  3. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    The only difference between say a Remington 700 and an AR-15 is barrel length and twist. My remington run a 1:12" twist for bullets up to 62gr. Mine prefers Hornady 50 gr V-max. AR-15 or an SUR as I like to call them will have a 1:9" twist allowing you to shoot bullets up to 70gr. For bullets in the 70 to 75gr weight class a 1:8" twist. and a 1:7" twitst for anything over 75gr.

    So other that twist nothing really your velocity may be a little lower with an ar because it is gas powered.
     
  4. Lizzard

    Lizzard New Member

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    The Savage Predator in 223 is so damn accurate that head shots on pigs, deer etc are lethal every time. I guess you can shoot em in the shoulder with a larger cal but why ruin the meat?
     
  5. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Depends on how many legs the 'game' has. :cool:
     
  6. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Depends on what you are hunting, and what is hunting what YOU are hunting.

    Man who hunt coyote finds that .223 is wonderful.

    Man who hunt deer & finds bear not so happy with .223 :D

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    Since the semi-auto .223 is usually gas-operated delayed blowback, it makes no difference to either rifle on a pure Ballistics level...

    BUT, most people go through a Mental Process when using a Bolt-Action because they know the First shot darn well better be on target...because of the time it takes to load a second round & get target re-acquisition.

    On the other hand, those who were initially trained on Bolt-actions tend to keep that same habit when using a semi-auto and tend to shoot MUCH more accurately than people who have never spent serious time with a bolt-action rifle.

    So, really, it's a choice that can only be based on what you personally prefer to do.
     
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2009
  7. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    +1 on what B.Shrek said. Any differences in ballistics & accuracy would be so small you wouldn't notice,just make sure you can get the correct twist rate in a bolt action. Alot of mfg's put a 1-10/1-12 twist in bolt action barrels and that will really limit your ammo choices. I prefer a 1-8 twist in 223 cal,that way I can shoot anything up to 77gr and not have accuracy problems with tumbling. I usually shoot 55,62,68,and 75 gr bullets and I handload my ammo.