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#5646800 - 03/11/15 02:44 PM Monarch Soft Point .223 55 grain for HOGS ???
STX_Adrian Offline
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Registered: 02/09/15
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I just purchased a couple of boxes of monarch 55 grain soft point ammo for my ar15 I just built and needs to be sighted in. I have a hog hunt scheduled on the 28th of this month. I was wondering if anyone has any insight on this ammo or any experiences they have had with it. I really don't want to spend a fortune on ammo sighting it in and then again buying more for the hunt so I was planning on using these monarchs for the hog hunt. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

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#5646832 - 03/11/15 03:22 PM Re: Monarch Soft Point .223 55 grain for HOGS ??? [Re: STX_Adrian]
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Shouldn't be a problem if your shot placement is right. I personally would use a heavier bullet and not Monarch. I would stick to at least 62gr and a brand that is a bit mess dirty. That being said I know guys what shoot 55gr Monarch and have no problems.

Just my 2cents and Welcome to the Forum.

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#5646897 - 03/11/15 04:11 PM Re: Monarch Soft Point .223 55 grain for HOGS ??? [Re: STX_Adrian]
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Registered: 02/09/15
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Sounds good thank you. I Probably will switch to something else like the full boar by hornady but at the moment Im on a budget.

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#5646955 - 03/11/15 04:49 PM Re: Monarch Soft Point .223 55 grain for HOGS ??? [Re: STX_Adrian]
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I've killed hogs and yotes with it, so you'll be fine. The key thing will be shot placement. Welcome to the forum and post pics if you shoot one.

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#5647054 - 03/11/15 05:53 PM Re: Monarch Soft Point .223 55 grain for HOGS ??? [Re: STX_Adrian]
breadman Offline
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I have shot them for three years in my ar's on hogs and yotes , have no complaints at all , and have no issues with them ,

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#5647062 - 03/11/15 06:00 PM Re: Monarch Soft Point .223 55 grain for HOGS ??? [Re: STX_Adrian]
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Ive killed bus loads of hogs with that load and lots of deer. If it was all that was left I would be just fine.


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#5647164 - 03/11/15 06:58 PM Re: Monarch Soft Point .223 55 grain for HOGS ??? [Re: STX_Adrian]
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Registered: 03/16/12
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welcome not sure bout the soft points. Have had real good luck with cheap 55gr fmj, & been on hunts people using the 55gr hp & taken hogs. Shots taken were close range. .223 not alot of energy. Shot placement is key. Not good blood trails, small entry wounds. Best wishes on up coming hunt. flag
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#5647669 - 03/11/15 11:18 PM Re: Monarch Soft Point .223 55 grain for HOGS ??? [Re: STX_Adrian]
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Registered: 01/03/12
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Loc: Nebraska
Better to check with your outfitter that you are going to..some are not allowing 223 due to many wounded and not recovered animals. Just my two cents.
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#5647743 - 03/12/15 12:19 AM Re: Monarch Soft Point .223 55 grain for HOGS ??? [Re: STX_Adrian]
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Registered: 01/17/15
Posts: 130
I've used Monarch softpoints in .308 with good results. Once again, shot placement and wouldn't worry about the brand too much unless it's called something like "Fast Freddies Flying Lead".

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#5647772 - 03/12/15 02:48 AM Re: Monarch Soft Point .223 55 grain for HOGS ??? [Re: STX_Adrian]
Theblakester Offline
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Registered: 03/24/14
Posts: 234
Loc: Houston
Like others will say, shot placement is king. Personally, I don't think .223 is adequate for hogs. They can get too big and have too thick of skin and too much gristle and unless your hunting situation is perfectly ideal, u might not be presented with an easy shot opportunity to make a DRT neck/head shot. From my experience and from what I've seen/ heard, if u don't have that shot opportunity, your chances of recovery within an hour or two of taking that shot, with that caliber are reduced a lot.
As far as that particular ammo goes, I don't have direct experience.
If .223 is your only option, I've heard the 55 grain fmj are best for cheap ammo and 70 grain tsx is the best overall choice for .223.
.223 can kill hogs of course and with perfect shot placement, it will do it quickly. But, other calibers/bullet selections will do it faster, and with more room for error. .
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#5647872 - 03/12/15 07:23 AM Re: Monarch Soft Point .223 55 grain for HOGS ??? [Re: STX_Adrian]
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Those are shoulder shots buy the way. The top and bottom hog were running wide open and I rolled them both with one shot. The Monarch .223 55 grain soft point has been tested by me. I have used it for 7 years and never have had a dud. I have shot several hundred rounds of the monarch .223 55 grain through that model 700 and 90 % of the shots were at an animals. It doesn't have selective memory, it just kills. Hogs, deer, coyotes, pesky birds, whatever. Trust me don't be scarred.
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#5647962 - 03/12/15 08:25 AM Re: Monarch Soft Point .223 55 grain for HOGS ??? [Re: STX_Adrian]
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9986
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cheers Theirs some good info in this thread. scratch Didn't realize outfitters were trying to stay away from the .223's cause of wounded hogs running off. Tis their place, their rules. Would check an see. Most of my hunting is Public Land. Have used 30-30 & spent hours following blood trails, never found hogs. The 55gr fmj did do the job, hogs were smaller, because of small entry wound most blood went in body cavity. Found good price on the 55gr. hps, figured bigger entry wound over the fmj, again, guys hunted with, hogs didnt go far, smaller hogs. Best wishes flag
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#5661900 - 03/21/15 11:49 AM Re: Monarch Soft Point .223 55 grain for HOGS ??? [Re: STX_Adrian]
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Registered: 03/13/10
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Loc: TEXAS
You will be fine with that ammo.

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#5662299 - 03/21/15 05:16 PM Re: Monarch Soft Point .223 55 grain for HOGS ??? [Re: STX_Adrian]
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Is it brass or steel casings?
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#5662370 - 03/21/15 06:22 PM Re: Monarch Soft Point .223 55 grain for HOGS ??? [Re: STX_Adrian]
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Registered: 02/19/15
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brass case with a 55 grain soft point about ten dollars a box last time I checked. I normally buy 10 boxes at a time. They've never failed me. I did have one dud with the fmj style one time using a rem 700, but that's about 1 in 700 rounds. I may of even got it wet and didn't know it. It may of got washed and put back onto the junk table by accident. You know keys, receipts, money, ect. csi
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