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#6554822 - 11/22/16 03:28 PM Favorite .223
shea.mcphail Offline
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Registered: 11/27/14
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Loc: Mesquite/Canton
What is your favorite .223 ammunition (not hand loaded) for shooting deer and hogs? I've been using AE 55 grain for target, but not sure what is best for hunting.

The only rifle I have is an M&P 15, and I realize there are better calibers to use for hunting. Hopefully in a few years I'll purchase a .308 or 30-30.

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#6554828 - 11/22/16 03:32 PM Re: Favorite .223 [Re: shea.mcphail]
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Federal premium 60 grain nosler partition, the be all end all of standard twist .223 hunting ammo.
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#6554831 - 11/22/16 03:34 PM Re: Favorite .223 [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Federal premium 60 grain nosler partition, the be all end all of standard twist .223 hunting ammo.


Good choice. Also Black Hills 60 VMax in certain situations.
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#6554963 - 11/22/16 05:35 PM Re: Favorite .223 [Re: shea.mcphail]
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Looks like I'm going to have to buy them online. None of the surrounding stores in my area carry them. I'm not very knowledgable on the topic, so what makes these, in your opinion, the best option for hunting?

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#6554975 - 11/22/16 05:47 PM Re: Favorite .223 [Re: shea.mcphail]
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I would say 62 Federal Fusions are the best bang for the buck.

This new load from Hornady looks promising.

http://www.hornady.com/store/5.56-NATO-75-gr-Interlock-HD-SBR-Black/
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#6554995 - 11/22/16 05:58 PM Re: Favorite .223 [Re: scottfromdallas]
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Originally Posted By: scottfromdallas
I would say 62 Federal Fusions are the best bang for the buck.

This new load from Hornady looks promising.

http://www.hornady.com/store/5.56-NATO-75-gr-Interlock-HD-SBR-Black/



But will his gun stabilize a 75 grain bullet?

OP: What twist rate is your barrel? If memory serves, some of those rifles were 1:9 twist. If so, anything over 70 grains is going to be iffy.
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#6555008 - 11/22/16 06:16 PM Re: Favorite .223 [Re: Creedmoor]
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Originally Posted By: Creedmoor
Originally Posted By: scottfromdallas
I would say 62 Federal Fusions are the best bang for the buck.

This new load from Hornady looks promising.

http://www.hornady.com/store/5.56-NATO-75-gr-Interlock-HD-SBR-Black/



But will his gun stabilize a 75 grain bullet?

OP: What twist rate is your barrel? If memory serves, some of those rifles were 1:9 twist. If so, anything over 70 grains is going to be iffy.


Correct on the 1:9.

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#6555015 - 11/22/16 06:24 PM Re: Favorite .223 [Re: shea.mcphail]
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Originally Posted By: shea.mcphail
Originally Posted By: Creedmoor
Originally Posted By: scottfromdallas
I would say 62 Federal Fusions are the best bang for the buck.

This new load from Hornady looks promising.

http://www.hornady.com/store/5.56-NATO-75-gr-Interlock-HD-SBR-Black/



But will his gun stabilize a 75 grain bullet?

OP: What twist rate is your barrel? If memory serves, some of those rifles were 1:9 twist. If so, anything over 70 grains is going to be iffy.


Correct on the 1:9.


Just to be clear .....

Your rifle "may" shoot 75 grain bullets just fine. The only way to know for certain is to try it. I have 3 that are 1:8 and while they stabilized the 75s they were most accurate with 60 grain loads. There are no set rules unless you get ridiculous, just guidelines. I'd try several weight bullets and find out what your rifle likes. I'll take accuracy over velocity or bullet weight every time. An old man once told me ... "A fast bullet that misses is still a miss". Same holds true for heavy bullets.
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#6555158 - 11/22/16 08:06 PM Re: Favorite .223 [Re: shea.mcphail]
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Those 75 interlocks look like a semi-point. Probably not a long bullet. I doubt you would have any problems with a 1:9.
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#6555160 - 11/22/16 08:08 PM Re: Favorite .223 [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Federal premium 60 grain nosler partition, the be all end all of standard twist .223 hunting ammo.


That's probably a safe bet.
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#6555197 - 11/22/16 08:47 PM Re: Favorite .223 [Re: shea.mcphail]
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A year or two ago I had a hog (smallish to medium) in the front yard. I had a handload with that 60 gr Partition. Shot the hog in the left rear cheek and it exited in front of the right shoulder. Went the full length of the pig. Impressive.

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#6555226 - 11/22/16 09:09 PM Re: Favorite .223 [Re: shea.mcphail]
shea.mcphail Offline
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Registered: 11/27/14
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Loc: Mesquite/Canton
Yup, I'm definitely going with the 60 gr that you guys have recommended. Thanks!

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