who here deer hunts with 5.56/.223

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Nathantc, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Nathantc

    Nathantc New Member

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    i have got 6 this year, all head shots.

    just wanted to know who all else here has, and where are you hittin them at.:D

    this pic was taken about 5pm in the rain. i was in the boat shed gettin just a lil wet, didnt get any thing today but well i had fun
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  2. TimKS

    TimKS Member Lifetime Supporter

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    It's illegal to deer hunt in KS with anything smaller that a 23 cal.
     

  3. Nathantc

    Nathantc New Member

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    yeah, here if its center fire they pretty much dont care Texas

    im not sure on the capasity laws but i use this cut down Pmag (5rds)
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  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    texas used to be 5 rounds but now, well at least last year it was unlimited magazine
     
  5. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    223 is legal here in NC but I prefer to use a larger round. I'm glad you have had good sucesss this season, though.
     
  6. Redarrow18

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    Here in Michigan it's legal to use a .223/5.56 caliber, you just have to have a 5 rounder and all center fire rifles must be north a certain line of the state, basically north of Grand Rapids.

    I'm not sure if I would get away with a cut off mag verses a designated 5 round mag, who knows with these laws :eek:
     
  7. trip286

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    Well in MS there's a 3 round rule for shotguns when bird hunting. They don't care if it's an original plug in the gun, a pencil, or even just a stick. As long a it only holds 3, it's legal. I would like to think it's the same with rifles in your location.
     
  8. sgttessnc

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    I have been debating on hunting with my 5.56 here in NC, I haven't yet, because I don't have a scope. I have a EoTech and cannot hope for accurate head shots with it, I believe in heart/lung shots but do not want to wound/prolong the suffering of a deer. I am not against deer hunting with AR's but I would try for the head shots. Maybe next year.
     
  9. willfully armed

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    Sad as it is.




    A 77gr smk will do it out to 300 yards easy.
     
  10. Nathantc

    Nathantc New Member

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    i just aim between the eye and ear, they dont even flinch, just drop where they stand, but i dont know if it would work for a heart or lung shot. has any one tried this with .223/5.56:confused:
     
  11. fsted2a

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    In Kentucky public hunting areas you have to use a slug, private land they don't care.
     
  12. TacticalPrecision

    TacticalPrecision New Member

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    Yeah, in Kansas it's illegal to use a .223, .240 is the minimums sooo I have a 6.8 I'll be using some this year and then a Savage Bolt gun in .308
     
  13. sniper762

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    ive shot a dozen in the boiler room up to 300yds with 62gr. soft points. all dropped in there tracks
     
  14. 7.62 Man

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    It's not legal here in IN, & I wouldn't use it here even if it was. It travels way to far if you miss.
    I use the Remington's PREMIER CORE-LOKT BONDED 12 GAUGE SLUG here in IN, I dropped a buck with this round opening day 75yds out in a full run with one shot.
    It was a slightly cornering away shot, it hit behind the right front leg & the exit wound was about the size of a quarter out low and in front of the opposite leg.
    It only took three more steps & dropped.
    This slug has almost no drop out to 200yds & in Indiana woods you don't get much longer shots than that.
     
  15. Nathantc

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    .270 and 30.06 are the most common deer rifles in this area and they both travel much farther than .223 especially in thick brush. Hell a 1" stick will greatly slow down a .223 where your slug would be hardly bothered by it. The heaver the round the more it carries and the farther it will hold its energy

    I almost forgot, think about the over penetration u just mentioned
     
  16. sniper762

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    7.62, a5.56 round disintergrates when contacting trees, bushes, etc.; not much chance of ricochete. a 1oz. hunk of lead will bounce around off trees and such and travel over a mile. which is more dangerous?
     
  17. danlnga

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    223-5.56 is legal in GA with no restriction on magazine capacity. Shotgun is max 3 rounds. However, I feel that 223 might be a little light with little room for error. No doubt that if shot placement is dead on, you have a dead deer. Unfortunately there are a lot of hunters out there that do not even check their sights each year before going into the field. Sad but true. The heavies (30 cal, 7mm, etc) allow for a marginal shot better than the little fellers.
     
  18. Nathantc

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    i hunt for both meat and sport, so i have a love for long distance head shots, and i know if a .22lr can do it at 200 yards i dont see why a .223 cant, shot placement is key, but i was wanting to know if any one has put one in the usal kill zone with good effect
     
  19. danlnga

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    I have a Ruger 77 MKII in 223 that will consistently give 3/4" 3 shot groups at 100 yds. All rifles will not do this. If the 223 rifle being used has the accuracy and the hunter has the ability, there is no doubt in my humble opinion that a 62 or 69 gr soft point placed in the head of a deer will drop it.

    Even though I have the rifle that will perform, I am up in years (DOB 1939-count that one) so I just prefer the 270 or 30-06 on large game so I don't have to track it down. Now the coyotes here don't like me too much as that little 223 has put a "hurtin" on them.
     
  20. Nathantc

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    300 yards with wal-mart bulk pack 55g fmj, yes i messed up on the first shot and hit very high and left off the paper but the other 4 are looking great, 100 yards is childs play, this rifle far out performs the bull barrel savage i no longer have.

    this was the first group after the new trigger and thats my excuse for the first shot, and im sticking with that lol
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