I read through any reviews I could find, didn't see anything one either of the loads in question. I did actually look, though, so if I passed over them, I'm sorry.
Basically, I'm looking to get my rifle sighted in on whichever ammo I choose to go with, as well as build up a small surplus.
The rifle is a ground up build, barrel is a 16" Citadel carbine barrel, 1/9 twist. I really only shoot Federal 55 gr. bulk ammo through it right now, it's the cheapest I can get locally, and it performs great. I zeroed in last year, and when I actually had my (cheap) scope on, I could literally pick thumb tacks off a board at 50 yds. all day. I only say 50 yds. because that is all the room I have to safely shoot in my backyard. I would put 30 tacks in my target backing board, and put 30 rounds in a mag, and blow the head off every tack without missing any. Not gloating, just trying to vouch for this barrel, lol, I was really surprised for how cheap it was! Also, I was using a bipod from a bench, but I digress...
I'm looking at getting a much nicer scope in a week or so, doing a little research still, and I want to get my ammo and get all the bugs worked out before deer season.
That being said, back to the topic at hand. I've narrowed it down to either the 60 gr. Nosler Partition (P223Q), or the 55 gr. Barnes Triple Shock X (P223S), both from Federal Premium. I figure with the 1/9 twist rate, either will stabilize well, I'm more worried about one shot, clean, quick kills without terrorizing the meat. I know the limitations of the round for hunting deer, and I have more than enough self control to know what shots to take, and what shots to walk away from. Please don't instruct me to "use a bigger round", I've heard it all before, lol!
Anyone have any experience with deer hunting with these loads? Know of a good review of either that you can point me to?