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Old 11-07-2018, 10:52 PM   #1
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I know some will say it is too small, but for those of you who hunt deer with a 223, what is your go to off the shelf ammo? Iíd like to take one with the AR this year. I did a quick search, but didnít see anything.

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Old 11-07-2018, 10:54 PM   #2
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Federal fusion.
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:55 PM   #3
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:58 PM   #4
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75 gr speer gold dot. Stuff just dies. 15 bucks a box you can shoot as many as you want
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:00 PM   #5
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62gr all copper Remington hog hammer
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:26 PM   #6
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60 grain partition handload
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:39 PM   #7
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62 or 55 gr barnes bullets.
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Old 11-08-2018, 07:19 AM   #8
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Hornady 55 gr sp work for me
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Old 11-08-2018, 07:25 AM   #9
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I’ve been using the 64 gr Speer Gold Dot

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Old 11-08-2018, 07:25 AM   #10
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:32 AM   #11
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Federal fusion.


This. 62 grain bonded. Got it 5 in the mag right now ready to go.


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Old 11-08-2018, 12:54 PM   #12
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Your AR will most likely have a fast twist and therefore shoot heavier bullets more accurately. I would choose a hunting bullet between 60 and 75 grains.
Those Gold Dots above look interesting and so does the Federal Fusion.
I'd stay away from lighter bullets unless you have a 20" or longer barrel to increase velocity.

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Old 11-08-2018, 01:00 PM   #13
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My 8 year old son got the job done last weekend with 75 grain Hornaday
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:19 PM   #14
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we have killed a pile of deer with the 62 grain barnes
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Old 11-08-2018, 01:39 PM   #15
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The heavies grain it will shoot accurately in order to get the most energy I can. The last couple I shot with a 223 I used hornady steel match 75 gr bthp.
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:14 PM   #16
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I've killed a butt load of axis, both bucks and does, sheep and pigs with the Winchester 64 gr. Ranger PowerPoint.

I'm about out of those so I purchased 5 boxes of the 75 gr. Speer Gold Dot. Its shooting sun MOA in my Bushmaster and I'm anxious to test it out.
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:17 PM   #17
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I have a slow 1:12 twist so the Barnes 55 grainers shoot the best. Aim for bone.
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:22 PM   #18
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What is the range that you guys are shooting? And is that head shots or just well placed shots?
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:35 PM   #19
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We have killed them with neck shots & right behind the shoulders on both deer & pigs.
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:38 PM   #20
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Heart /lung area or high shoulder. The farthest I've had one go was 30 yards. Maybe
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:42 PM   #21
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Only had the chance to shoot a couple but one dropped at about 80yds and other ran a circle and dropped. We are using Hornady Full Boar 50gr GMX. Once these are gone, going to try the 55gr GMX.
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Old 11-08-2018, 05:43 PM   #22
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I've killed a total of four deer with my .223. I just shot a big buck last weekend at 200 yards and dropped him in his tracks. I highly recommend the Hornady American Whitetail 60 Gr. Bullet. I've had nothing but good results with it out of my Remington 700 .223 VTR.
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:27 PM   #23
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Fed Fusion or Hornady.....Mine depends on which AR, they seem to be finicky on which groups better

Oh and if you put in the ear hole it really doesn’t matter
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:17 PM   #24
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DRT bullets look interesting. I'd like to know how they perform on heavier bodied critters.
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:30 PM   #25
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Remington 55 grain PSP Core Lok. Dropped several in the shoulder or double lung shots.
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:39 PM   #26
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I use 55 grain Remington premier ballistic tip I've taken next shots and Body Shots never had one go more than 25 yards not a pass-through on Bodyshop but destroyed the lungs and heart. Shot placement is critical! I also hunt with a 22 Hornet not over a hundred yards though!
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:42 PM   #27
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This Hornady 55 grain GMX Superformance should be the cat's meow:

https://www.hornady.com/ammunition/r...performance#!/
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Old 11-09-2018, 10:26 AM   #28
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I know some will say it is too small, but for those of you who hunt deer with a 223, what is your go to off the shelf ammo? Iíd like to take one with the AR this year. I did a quick search, but didnít see anything.

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What is the twist rate of your barrel?
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:34 PM   #29
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1:7. I ordered some Barnes Vor-TX in 70 gr to try out.


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Old 11-12-2018, 07:31 PM   #30
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75 gr speer gold dot. Stuff just dies. 15 bucks a box you can shoot as many as you want
I never knew gold dot made rifle ammo.
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Old 11-12-2018, 07:33 PM   #31
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I bought a 50 round box of 55gr soft point Hornady ammo, but haven't shot it, yet. Soon, hopefully.
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Old 11-14-2018, 05:30 PM   #32
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I was wondering the same thing on ammo to use. Thanks for all the suggestions
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Old 11-14-2018, 05:57 PM   #33
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I bought a 50 round box of 55gr soft point Hornady ammo, but haven't shot it, yet. Soon, hopefully.
Those shoot great in my gun
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:26 AM   #34
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I bought a 50 round box of 55gr soft point Hornady ammo, but haven't shot it, yet. Soon, hopefully.
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Those shoot great in my gun
X2. That's all I shoot in my .223 AR. They are cheap, perform well, and shoot Sub-MOA in my rifle. This round has killed a ton of pigs and coyotes for me.
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:31 AM   #35
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i have a shat ton of XM855. kills em dead. lol
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Old 11-15-2018, 03:30 PM   #36
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Remington loaded with the 62 Great Barns TSX
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Old 11-15-2018, 05:02 PM   #37
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I like the Hornady 75 BTHP... I know they arenít supposedly for hunting, but everything I shoot with them dies quickly, if they donít fold. Also, they actually have blood trails if they donít drop.


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Old 11-15-2018, 05:12 PM   #38
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Federal Fusion in both of my .223... 62 grains. One is a an AR and the other is a Remington Model Seven... They both like the same ammo and shoot really really well... Oh and all neck shots and behind the ear for pigs. NO running at all
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Old 11-15-2018, 05:38 PM   #39
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https://coppercreekammo.com/product/...rra-matchking/
deer white patch on the throat. Hogs right behind the ear
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:07 PM   #40
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My daughter is shooting 72gr ( I think... maybe 75) hornady BTHP. They shoot like $&&% at 100 but at 50 which is her max it will shoot under 1” Killed a 200# boar DEAD so I trust it with a deer.

62 federal fusion have filled a many a dump trailer for me.

Heck I’ve killed close to 200 hogs with America eagle fmj
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:12 PM   #41
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You guys using the 62 gr. Fusion - do you use the regular ammo, or the "MSR" version?
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:16 PM   #42
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You guys using the 62 gr. Fusion - do you use the regular ammo, or the "MSR" version?
Both. I canít shoot the difference

Itís my go to in tournaments it will anchor a hog with a good shot and still cheap enough I can bat clean up if needed
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:17 PM   #43
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Iím not endorsing this because I know there are better bullets available but these are my only two experiences with .223 and whitetail. Both were with a 55 gr Nosler Varmint bullet.

I killed my first doe with this round 7 years ago. It was a large doe. Shot was around 80 yards and I hit her in the lung. It was a perfect broadside shot. I say lung simply because it didnít penetrate the second one. But it blew up the first lung and ran about 30 yards.

Second encounter was my girlfriend using this same round. She shot one and it also left no exit hole. The deer ran 60 yards at the most before it was down. It was also a lung shot.


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