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#6707446 - 03/16/17 09:01 PM 5.56 round
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I have an AR15 in 5.56 and plan to start hog hunting. Does anybody hog hunt with a 5.56 and how effective is it?
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#6707470 - 03/16/17 09:24 PM Re: 5.56 round [Re: ghostlight]
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Yes and it's effective with the right shot placement. Take CNS shots with any ammo and use quality ammo for vital shots.

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#6707494 - 03/16/17 09:41 PM Re: 5.56 round [Re: ghostlight]
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I have several buddies that use AR's. Like bigjoe said, it's effective with the right shot placement. If you don't drop it in it's tracks though, don't count on much of a blood trail.
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#6707503 - 03/16/17 09:48 PM Re: 5.56 round [Re: bigjoe8565]
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thanks
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#6707504 - 03/16/17 09:49 PM Re: 5.56 round [Re: Palehorse]
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thanks
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#6707933 - 03/17/17 01:58 PM Re: 5.56 round [Re: ghostlight]
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#6708004 - 03/17/17 03:56 PM Re: 5.56 round [Re: Palehorse]
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Originally Posted By: Palehorse
I have several buddies that use AR's. Like bigjoe said, it's effective with the right shot placement. If you don't drop it in it's tracks though, don't count on much of a blood trail.

cheers used 55gr fmj & hp... 5.56 is used in the military M-16... So yes it will kill a hog... If ya want to recover hog, shot placement is key... On WMA used my AR & only one didn't find... Shot was 30 yrds or little more... Drop my hat were stood, walked ya were hog was, found a pin size drop of blood, marked area, retreeved hat... Marked blood splat with hat, did grid search in direction hog went, & found about two more blood drops... Hog was on the run... ... Entry wound for .223 is very small & not good blood trail as mentioned in above posts, it fills up cavity instead... That hog was farthest shot on WMA rest were taken closer range in thick areas, & were recovered... flag


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#6708104 - 03/17/17 06:21 PM Re: 5.56 round [Re: ghostlight]
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The gun is a little under powered but effective if you use the right bullet. Barnes TSX is a very effective bullet for hogs in that caliber. I used 62 grainers because that is what my AR shot best.
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#6710604 - 03/20/17 07:52 PM Re: 5.56 round [Re: ghostlight]
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I've been using federal fusion 223 for a while with good success. Shot placement is key as others have said. shot this guy between the eyes and the bullet penetrated the skull and dropped him in his tracks.

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#6710876 - 03/21/17 07:30 AM Re: 5.56 round [Re: ghostlight]
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When I use my 223Wylde during the day, I use 70gr Barnes TSX loaded to 5.56 pressures.

The bullet is accurate enough to use on head/neck shots but tough enough to penetrate the chest plate and take out vitals.
When you take the vitals shot, be prepared for them to run a good distance though.
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#6711636 - 03/21/17 11:10 PM Re: 5.56 round [Re: ghostlight]
ghostlight Offline
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wow, thanks for the input. I want to start hog hunting and a friend told me to buy a 6.5 upper so that is how I'm leaning.
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#6711637 - 03/21/17 11:11 PM Re: 5.56 round [Re: Bigfoot]
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agree on the 62 as mine love it also
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#6711667 - 03/22/17 04:49 AM Re: 5.56 round [Re: ghostlight]
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green tip 62 gr. lap 5.56 is what I use, behind shoulder or head shot I have only had one run and she made it about 50'.

the lap does serious damage when it hits, last one I shot was about 125 yds and hit behind left shoulder. the round penetrated and on exit left a slit about 8" long on the exit wound, ran a total of 3'.

the 5.56 is a good round for hogs, I stay away from the lighter gr. bullets though and like the lap round best.
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#6712606 - 03/23/17 12:03 AM Re: 5.56 round [Re: ghostlight]
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i was thinking about moving up to a 6.8 upper but now feel for what i do is ok
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#6712870 - 03/23/17 09:49 AM Re: 5.56 round [Re: ghostlight]
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As I said above, I only use the 223Wylde for daytime.

When I go out at night and do serious hog hunting, I carry my 6.8.
Those 120gr Hornady SST handloads hit hard and usually drop them, even on running shots.

The 223Wylde averages 3 pigs a year, usually standing fairly still.
The 6.8 averages 70 a year, about 40 percent standing and the rest on the move.

That comparison isn't really fair though since I only hunt seriously at night.
If I see a pig during the day, I'm usually riding around ranch on ATV and just happen to have the 223 with me.
I'm usually packing a 1911 during day on ATV but will still shot 'em!
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