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#5955538 - 09/30/15 10:52 PM Ammo for Deer Hunting with .223
Antler Addicts Offline
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Registered: 12/13/13
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Loc: Helotes TX
Curious what ammo y'all would recommend for deer hunting with a .223 I was thinking...Black Hills Ammunition 223 Remington 62 Grain Barnes Triple-Shock X Bullet. Any other thoughts? I know some will say another caliber, but lets stick to .223 ammo recommendations if we can lol
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#5955551 - 09/30/15 11:06 PM Re: Ammo for Deer Hunting with .223 [Re: Antler Addicts]
Brian C. Offline
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Not saying it wont kill'em but typical behind the shoulder shot with .223/5.56 usually ends in a LONG blood trail if finding at all. Now I have seen DRT also. Worked at a processor right out of high school and found countless 20 Caliber rounds just under the skin that were healed up just fine. Just my experience
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#5955556 - 09/30/15 11:09 PM Re: Ammo for Deer Hunting with .223 [Re: Antler Addicts]
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
I went with Federal Fusion 62gr (NOT MSR), but I have other guns so that may not get a kill this year.
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#5955559 - 09/30/15 11:10 PM Re: Ammo for Deer Hunting with .223 [Re: Antler Addicts]
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Registered: 12/23/12
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You are not the first to ponder such a question on this forum. There are lots of opinions. I use Hornady 75 grain BTHP. It's the largest .223 I have found, expands well and wreaks havoc for such a small bullet. As with any caliber, shot placement is key, but even more so with a lighter caliber.

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#5955627 - 10/01/15 04:24 AM Re: Ammo for Deer Hunting with .223 [Re: Antler Addicts]
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Registered: 12/16/11
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I use a hand load 64g power point by nosler. Prefer high shoulder to drop them in their tracks, but behind the shoulder works fine too. Haven't lost a deer with the .223

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#5955642 - 10/01/15 05:11 AM Re: Ammo for Deer Hunting with .223 [Re: Antler Addicts]
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I load 65 gr SGKs.
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#5955786 - 10/01/15 08:01 AM Re: Ammo for Deer Hunting with .223 [Re: Antler Addicts]
sunsetroosters Offline
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Registered: 10/11/12
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I use a 50gr vmax, it's a tack driver, shoot em in the heart and your good to go... Killed a couple hogs with it too

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#5955805 - 10/01/15 08:14 AM Re: Ammo for Deer Hunting with .223 [Re: Antler Addicts]
stxranchman Offline
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I have used Remington 55 grain PSP for high-shoulder shots with great success.
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#5955885 - 10/01/15 09:10 AM Re: Ammo for Deer Hunting with .223 [Re: Brian C.]
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A 'typical' behind the shoulder shot with my .223 over the last 20 years or so has been a short walk to where i saw the deer (or hog) die. 'Typically' less than 50 yards.

I shoot 55gr Remington PSP. Fiance uses that rifle now.


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#5955901 - 10/01/15 09:17 AM Re: Ammo for Deer Hunting with .223 [Re: Antler Addicts]
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Federal 60 grain nosler partition is best ive found for a standard twist 223.
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#5956058 - 10/01/15 11:13 AM Re: Ammo for Deer Hunting with .223 [Re: Antler Addicts]
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Registered: 11/02/14
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I have had a lot of success out of my 22-250 with a Hornady 60gr BTSP. I have taken deer out to 440 yds and never had a deer walk more than 30 yds. I would think you will have similar results out of a .223. That being said I think the accuracy of the round is more important than any other factor as proper shot placement with a small caliber is the battle you can't lose.

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#5956080 - 10/01/15 11:24 AM Re: Ammo for Deer Hunting with .223 [Re: Antler Addicts]
Gemlin Offline
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Registered: 08/31/11
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I reload and I like the Nosler 55 grain ballistic tip. Hit the deer in the heart lung area or neck and they go no further than 30 yards. For some reason Ive yet have had s hog or deer stop the round. Always a pass thru

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#5956186 - 10/01/15 12:38 PM Re: Ammo for Deer Hunting with .223 [Re: Antler Addicts]
nacohunter Offline
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Registered: 12/30/11
Posts: 203
Loc: Nacogdoches county
In my experience, Black Hills 75 grain BTHP has been devastating.

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#5956738 - 10/01/15 06:43 PM Re: Ammo for Deer Hunting with .223 [Re: Antler Addicts]
TxDispatcher Offline
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Registered: 11/11/11
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Loc: Bellville, Tx
Federal Fusion 62 gr up

As has been said multiple times already, shot placement is key cheers
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#5956840 - 10/01/15 07:52 PM Re: Ammo for Deer Hunting with .223 [Re: Antler Addicts]
Pintail Pummeler Offline
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Registered: 01/19/14
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Wouldn't recommend this small caliber for deer. The last thing you want is to track a trophy for days. Try something with some knockdown power....Take it off its feet!

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