Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Mjarvistxvet, hrn2hrn, The Real CWB, cookl, Rmarble88
60439 Registered Users
Top Posters
dogcatcher 77380
stxranchman 52092
RWH24 44568
rifleman 43783
BOBO the Clown 41087
BMD 40539
Big Orn 37484
txshntr 33683
bill oxner 32624
sig226fan (Rguns.com) 30570
facebook
Forum Stats
60439 Members
45 Forums
475802 Topics
6241751 Posts

Max Online: 16728 @ 03/25/12 08:51 AM
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#5489269 - 12/20/14 12:01 PM 5.56 and hogs
cyberpyrot Offline
Tracker

Registered: 07/24/13
Posts: 915
Loc: Houston, TX
I have a hunt coming up. I have the 6.8 but I hate it the ammo is so expensive and the gun has a 20" barrel and is so heavy. I want to switch back to the 5.56 but I'm worried it won't penatrate the skull. Any advice?

The 6.8 only likes the $30 ammo the 5.56 will eat anything.


Edited by cyberpyrot (12/20/14 12:03 PM)
_________________________
I'm a terrible shot but I follow up with a grenade!

Top
#5489295 - 12/20/14 12:12 PM Re: 5.56 and hogs [Re: cyberpyrot]
colt.45 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
scratch not good with all the fancy words. 6.8 has more metric energy than the .223. yet .223 tis bigger than .22 short scratch would go with FMJ rather than the ones with Holes in the Points for better penitration. translated will be with ya shortly. best wishes i got cheap posts flag
_________________________

i'm postaddic

Top
#5489775 - 12/20/14 06:05 PM Re: 5.56 and hogs [Re: cyberpyrot]
bigjoe8565 Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 06/30/08
Posts: 3820
Loc: Mesquite, Tx
5.56 ammo will penetrate a hog's skull, but you should shoot the 6.8. It's not like you'll go through 4-5 boxes of ammo and spend hundreds if dollars. Ammo will be the cheapest part of the trip.

Top
#5489877 - 12/20/14 06:56 PM Re: 5.56 and hogs [Re: bigjoe8565]
cyberpyrot Offline
Tracker

Registered: 07/24/13
Posts: 915
Loc: Houston, TX
I went through 3 boxes getting it sighted in. 3 different brands
_________________________
I'm a terrible shot but I follow up with a grenade!

Top
#5489921 - 12/20/14 07:24 PM Re: 5.56 and hogs [Re: cyberpyrot]
colt.45 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
rofl i use the .223 on public hunts, do a lot of walking, as u stated it a lot lighter & cheaper ta shoot. keep my shots short distance, usualy take heart lung shot. been luck, very little blood trail, it fills in body cavity cause of small puncher. most that use the .223-5.56 take head shots. best wishes flag
_________________________

i'm postaddic

Top
#5490153 - 12/20/14 10:09 PM Re: 5.56 and hogs [Re: cyberpyrot]
BunnyBlaster Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 06/20/13
Posts: 195
Loc: Plano
5.56 is fine provided you can shoot well. Otherwise take the 6.8

Top
#5490208 - 12/20/14 11:08 PM Re: 5.56 and hogs [Re: cyberpyrot]
Rcinit Online   content
Bird Dog

Registered: 03/04/10
Posts: 495
Loc: Copperas Cove
Just take the 6.8, most likely you'll shoot less than 20 rounds. I hunt pigs 2-3 times a month with a guy that uses a 6.8. You know, we find find more pigs that he's shot with his 6.8 than I do with my 5.56/223. Now turn that around when I'm using my .243 bolt gun. Yea the .223/5.56 will kill them but they may make into the brush before they succumb to their wounds.

Top
#5490295 - 12/21/14 12:54 AM Re: 5.56 and hogs [Re: cyberpyrot]
Mickey Moose Online   content
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 02/05/12
Posts: 2574
Originally Posted By: cyberpyrot
...6.8 but I hate it the ammo is so expensive...

If the price difference between a box of 223 and a box of 6.8 is a concern and could make or break a hunt then you should strongly consider opting for another sport.


Originally Posted By: cyberpyrot
...and is so heavy.

Being sensitive to you, who I do not know, I have to ask if you are you a child or disabled in some way? Regardless, get a sling.


There's more to a hog than the skull. Either will do the job... everybody together now, if you do yours.
_________________________
* Information Security Ninja
* NRA Endowment Life Member

* In search of 1 or 2 person lease, 3 hours from DFW, Please PM me

Top
#5490315 - 12/21/14 02:18 AM Re: 5.56 and hogs [Re: cyberpyrot]
Theblakester Online   content
Woodsman

Registered: 03/24/14
Posts: 182
Loc: Houston
Which ammos did u try for the 6.8? Federal Fusions are usually accurate from the 6.8 at under $20/box. Hornady SSTs aren't as accurate for me but they put hogs down well.
_________________________
Fast paced gregarious society forgets the healing power of solitude. It's worked thousands of years. Casting a line/gazing into a campfire/sitting in a blind after a long week is medicine for the soul. The serenity and peacefulness of it all is majestic.

Top
#5490323 - 12/21/14 04:46 AM Re: 5.56 and hogs [Re: cyberpyrot]
Cast Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 12/14/08
Posts: 14901
Loc: North Texas - God's Country
The answer here is hand loading your 223. A highly supersonic 60gr partition is not hog friendly.
_________________________
Cast



I have a short attention spa

Top
#5490595 - 12/21/14 10:27 AM Re: 5.56 and hogs [Re: cyberpyrot]
one73maro Online   content
Pro Tracker

Registered: 06/11/11
Posts: 1725
Loc: DFW
Cast that's the ticket! Love me some 60gr Partitions. up

Top
#5490732 - 12/21/14 11:50 AM Re: 5.56 and hogs [Re: cyberpyrot]
Double Naught Spy Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 05/18/11
Posts: 4172
Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
Quote:
I have a hunt coming up. I have the 6.8 but I hate it the ammo is so expensive and the gun has a 20" barrel and is so heavy. I want to switch back to the 5.56 but I'm worried it won't penatrate the skull. Any advice?

The 6.8 only likes the $30 ammo the 5.56 will eat anything.


First, the ammo cost of hunting is likely a negligible amount of your hunt. So whether you pay 30 cents a round or $3 a round, you aren't apt to shoot so many hogs that it will be a financial impact on your budget. If you are shooting that many, then you have a LOT of additional expenses making that happen (if you are like most of use who don't just shoot off the back porch).

I have done well with Barnes TTSX bullets loaded by Silver State Armory. They were still pretty pricey, but performed well.
_________________________
Kill a Hog and Save the Planet
My Videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG6la_HDvAobPBTDtj5B-lQ

Top
#5490773 - 12/21/14 12:26 PM Re: 5.56 and hogs [Re: cyberpyrot]
dfwroadkill Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 09/15/09
Posts: 3259
Loc: D/FW, TX
Easy answer here... Sell the 5.56 and use the money to buy ammo for you 6.8. Should hold you over for a while... grin

Top
#5490876 - 12/21/14 02:05 PM Re: 5.56 and hogs [Re: dfwroadkill]
colt.45 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
cheers lots of great tips in this thread. up can under stand what OPster is saying. got plenty of .223 ammo before the supply & demand for it went up. old age kicking in eyes not what used ta be, offtopic worken in iron foundry, back most my shots with the .223 are close range, down in hollows, & thick areas action can be fast. great recovery success with the cheap fmj, haven't had chance ta try the HP's, heart lung gives more room for error. get out & get familour with wich ever ya choose. & learn ones limitations. best wishes on up coming hunt flag
_________________________

i'm postaddic

Top
#5491272 - 12/21/14 05:14 PM Re: 5.56 and hogs [Re: cyberpyrot]
Double Naught Spy Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 05/18/11
Posts: 4172
Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
dfwroadkill, you are a freaking genius!
_________________________
Kill a Hog and Save the Planet
My Videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG6la_HDvAobPBTDtj5B-lQ

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >



© 2004-2016 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide