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Posted: 10/30/2009 10:08:16 AM EST
I know that a .223 is far from being the ideal white tail cartrage. I do have several other guns that I hunt deer with. Ok my question is. If you were pressed to hunt deer with an ar what would be the best bullit/weight/brand. Thanks
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 11:07:28 AM EST
My dad hunts with 55gr nosler ballistic tips(varmint bullets) over 25grs of H335. They were actually loads that I put together for shooting pdogs. He seems to like them alot.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 11:42:32 AM EST
Originally Posted By MARTY9:
I know that a .223 is far from being the ideal white tail cartrage. I do have several other guns that I hunt deer with. Ok my question is. If you were pressed to hunt deer with an ar what would be the best bullit/weight/brand. Thanks


There are several heavy hunting bullets on the market that will be best suited in this senario. A couple that come to mind are the 75g Swift Sciroccos and the 70g Barnes TSX. The 75g Berger VLDs would be a good choice too but they technically are not a hunting bullet.

I've taken many hogs and several deer with .223 and while it's not "ideal" it will get the job done. Just make well placed broadside shots and they will go down.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 12:06:18 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/30/2009 12:26:35 PM EST by leo6223]
I know at least two people that have had great success with the winchester 64gr Pointed Soft Point (PSP)

I think any bullet with a soft point or polymer expansion tip in the mid-60gr range will work fine
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 12:31:45 PM EST
The Swifts or Nosler Partition are the best, hands down.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 4:49:32 PM EST
Pressed to hunt with my 223? I would be pressed to take my 30-06 over my AR.

63gr Barnes TSX over 25gr RL15 out to 250yds for deer. Shoots great from my rifle.

If you can't make the shot with an AR, you won't make it with something bigger.
Link Posted: 10/30/2009 6:10:35 PM EST
The 62 grain TSX has worked very well for me. It penetrates extremely well and breaks bones like a larger caliber.
Link Posted: 10/31/2009 1:22:29 AM EST
I got a doe last week with factory Remington 55gr PSP. It was at one of the shorter range stands from about 70 yards
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 6:53:17 AM EST
Sierra Match king 75 gr HPBT
Win 748 powder
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 6:59:34 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:01:47 AM EST
1. 75 grain Scirrocco
2. 70 grain TSX (if you can come up with a load that shoots accurately)
3. 62 grain TSX
4. 60 grain Partition
5. 64 grain Power Point.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 1:41:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 11/3/2009 1:42:16 PM EST by NVGdude]
If I had to, 64 grain Win Power Point.

Be advised that may .223 bolt guns are fast twist.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 2:06:24 PM EST
I've had good luck with Sierra 65gr Spitzer BT pushed by 24.5 gr Varget from a 16" barrel. As others have said, shot placement is the most important thing, not necessarily the size of the projectile. My last 6 Whitetail have all been shots between 100-400 yds. I've only had 1 that moved more than 20 feet before falling over. The buck and doe I shot 3 years ago (250yds), I was able to drop both side by side due to les recoil from a brake and not having to cycle a bolt.

Yes, .223 is just fine for Whitetail....
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 3:09:58 PM EST
Originally Posted By bowslngr:
1. 75 grain Scirrocco
2. 70 grain TSX (if you can come up with a load that shoots accurately)
3. 62 grain TSX
4. 60 grain Partition
5. 64 grain Power Point.


4. 60 grain Partition
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