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Old 10-07-2019, 04:22 PM   #1
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Iím sure itís been brought up before but since my rifle will be at a smiths for around 2 months I might have to hunt with my 5.56. I know many a deer have been taken with a AR but itíll be my first time hunting with it. What are your thoughts?
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Old 10-07-2019, 04:26 PM   #2
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I like a heavier bullet but have killed deer with .223 using the right bullet and knowing my limitations.
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Old 10-07-2019, 04:27 PM   #3
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Shot placement
I used mine too harvest 5-6 deer and several pigs.

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Old 10-07-2019, 04:27 PM   #4
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I use mine all the time on deer and hogs ! just make sure of good shot placement and use a good bullet.
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Old 10-07-2019, 04:29 PM   #5
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When my son was 6-8 years old he killed a pile of deer with a .223 single shot. All but one dropped in their tracks. I had him shoot them at the base of the neck. With a 55gr or 62gr soft tip bullet, it's deadly. The one deer that didn't drop in its tracks was hit in the lungs. It ran 50 yards before piling up.
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Old 10-07-2019, 04:33 PM   #6
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I was thinking neck shot or a high shoulder shot should do the trick.
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Old 10-07-2019, 04:38 PM   #7
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Killed my biggest buck, 240 lbs, with my .223 when he didnt want to come in bow range. Neck shot pulled the carpet out from under him.
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Old 10-07-2019, 05:03 PM   #8
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Soft Points in the neck. Done deal
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Old 10-07-2019, 05:09 PM   #9
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Old 10-07-2019, 05:18 PM   #10
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You will be fine. Pick a good bullet and put it where it needs to go.


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Old 10-07-2019, 05:18 PM   #11
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So these neck shots, everyone pretty much aiming for the base of the neck?
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Old 10-07-2019, 05:37 PM   #12
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So these neck shots, everyone pretty much aiming for the base of the neck?
I've shot some does right below the white patch on their necks and also top of the neck where the neck meets the skull. It's always lights out. It's actually nice because there's basically no meat ruined.

I actually neck shot a big *** free range axis buck because he wouldn't turn broadside for me. It was windy and I was worried he was gonna run off. That one was with a .280 150gr Nosler partition though lol. Hit him like a freight train and he dropped out of the scope so fast I thought I missed him haha.
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Old 10-07-2019, 05:34 PM   #13
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Every time I’ve shot a deer with a little gun, I was less than impressed. That being said, the one deer I shot with my AR, I used a 60 grain Partition and put it in the shoulder. She made it about 50 yards.
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Old 10-07-2019, 05:50 PM   #14
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Get some 64 grain Federal Fusions and shoot them in the shoulder. Done deal. All of my kids have killed deer this way growing up. Just donít use dang varmint bullets.


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Old 10-09-2019, 10:00 AM   #15
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Get some 64 grain Federal Fusions and shoot them in the shoulder. Done deal. All of my kids have killed deer this way growing up. Just donít use dang varmint bullets.


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This.....or the Speer Gold Dots. Never had an issue and have killed a bunch of deer and hundreds of hogs. Most all shot right in or behind the shoulder.
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Old 10-07-2019, 06:08 PM   #16
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Always silly to mention shot placement, that goes for any weapon.

Use a good bullet and put it in the vitals of your choice
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Old 10-07-2019, 06:14 PM   #17
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I’ve never killed a deer with a .223, but I have killed several hogs with them. I shot Hornady Superformance 75 gr. BTHP and they were deadly on hogs. That’s what shot well in both my Mossberg ARs. Since then I’ve rebarreled two ARs to 6.8 and I much prefer it. I’ve killed two axis does with it but deer hunting I use a .280 Rem.
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Old 10-07-2019, 06:58 PM   #18
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Shouldn't be an issue. Shoot them in the neck

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Old 10-07-2019, 07:09 PM   #19
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Any bonded bullet and shot placement the .223 is good to go
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:10 PM   #20
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60 yard shot
Hard quartering away
.223 55 grain Vmax
Bullet entered behind last run on right side.
No exit
No blood
Recovered pig 80 yds from where I shot him.

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Old 10-07-2019, 07:10 PM   #21
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223,5.56,22-250,222 will ALL kill if one can hit 'em heart/lung or for those neck/head shooters.
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Old 10-07-2019, 07:15 PM   #22
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Bullet selection is critical

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Old 10-07-2019, 07:42 PM   #23
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I use a 77 grain Sierra Matching, pigs and deer both get lung shot. It leaves one ugly exit hole and have yet have anything go far. My son shoots the 64 grain Winchester hog special it won't quite exit a whitetail but he has yet to have one go over 30 yards. I have recovered all 3 bullets and the expand to nearly 1/2" and have weighed 60 grains.
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:12 PM   #24
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I re barreled a couple of my ARs to the 25-45 Sharps cartridge and I like it much better than the 5.56 on deer. The Sharps throws an 85-90 grain bullet near 3k fps and its as simple as a barrel swap from 5.56. Uses same bolt, mags, etc .
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:33 PM   #25
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Barnes 55 grain to the vitals

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Old 10-07-2019, 10:54 PM   #26
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Federal fusions, barnes or hornady gmx. Or any psp really that’s over 55 gr if you’re gun will shoot it
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Old 10-08-2019, 11:33 AM   #27
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I've killed a truck load of axis, hogs, and feral sheep with my AR shooting the 64 grain Winchester Ranger PowerPoint. I've never had anything run more than 20 yards when hit. I've run out of that ammunition and have moved up to the 75 grain Speer Gold Dot since it shoots sub MOA in my rifle. I'm anxious to see what they do to a critter.
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:22 PM   #28
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Tagged. Wanting to get one for my son because of the adjustable stock.
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:28 PM   #29
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Agree with the neck shots. I prefer to shoot them in the white patch or base of the neck when they are broadside. If you do base of the neck when they are facing you, you end up with bullet fragment in your backstraps.
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:34 PM   #30
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Shot placement is the key. I've killed deer and hogs with 223,243, 30-30,270,and 30.06. They are all deadly with good shot placement. I don't think I would look past 150 yds. with the 223 though on larger game.
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:41 PM   #31
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I was a doubter till a buddy of mine shot a big south Texas management 9 pointer at 160 or so yards and double lunged it with a Barnes 62 gr Hog Hunter (solid copper i believe).

There were no lungs left....it liquified them. I've never seen carnage like that.
It ran about 25 yards...easy track.

My buddy's kids both use .223 bolt guns. 62 grain soft points. Right behind the shoulder and they drop or drop in sight.

Like most have said....shot placement.
But it'll kill em deader than a door knob if you do your job.

Think about this: How many deer have fallen to the venerable .222 over the years?
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:42 PM   #32
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I had the same thoughts for my wife who does not like a gun that kicks and I needed an adjustable stock. After playing with calibers I settled on the 224 Valkyrie. Shoots critters lights out with a heavier 90 gr bullet and has no kick like my 6.8 does. It uses the 6.8 mags but I already had some so was set up for the caliber.
She took 2 does last year and really enjoyed it. I managed an Axis buck and many dozens of hogs, we really like the 224V.
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Old 10-08-2019, 01:47 PM   #33
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i have shot them with my 556. Just use the heaviest grain you can find. academy has a hog round that i think it 64gr.
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Old 10-08-2019, 01:52 PM   #34
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I know deer have been taken with 22 rimfires from what old timers have told me. A 223 will work, but shot placement and bullet choice are critical. Good luck.
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Old 10-08-2019, 07:14 PM   #35
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Iím sure itís been brought up before but since my rifle will be at a smiths for around 2 months I might have to hunt with my 5.56. I know many a deer have been taken with a AR but itíll be my first time hunting with it. What are your thoughts?
if it works on this a deer should be no problem.





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Old 10-08-2019, 09:34 PM   #36
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Wow those are some monsters
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Old 10-08-2019, 07:14 PM   #37
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And this one also!


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Old 10-08-2019, 08:52 PM   #38
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A 55gr, and up, to the face works wonders. Otherwise neck shots are the way to go.


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Old 10-08-2019, 09:34 PM   #39
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Well I dropped off my larger caliber rifle at the smith today it’ll be 4-8 weeks before it’s ready so it looks like the AR will come out of the bull pen for opening rifle season and some hog hunting this weekend.
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Old 10-08-2019, 09:44 PM   #40
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Mine was #310 the one my wife killed was #385


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Old 10-08-2019, 11:19 PM   #41
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Old 10-09-2019, 07:18 AM   #42
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Almost every year ill bust one with a. 223, i have an ar-10, but alot more pleasant to carry the small one
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:10 AM   #43
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55gr Remington PSP gets the job done for me!
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:06 AM   #44
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55gr Remington PSP gets the job done for me!
This is what my daughter shoots through her handi-rifle. Shot placement is key as always.
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:09 AM   #45
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Barnes Vortx bullets! My daughter has killed a lot of deer and a big 200lb �� boar with it.
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Old 10-09-2019, 12:20 PM   #46
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There are at least a dozen good bullets that will get the job done in an AR on deer and hogs. Several have been mentioned already. That 64 Winchester is a good one, as is the 62 Fusion. Barnes of course. I reload, and the one I shoot for everything from coyotes to pigs and deer is the 65 Sierra Game King. It is a good all around bullet. I have also used the 60 grain Partition, and killed half a dozen does on MLD permits one year with the Cutting Edge Bullets 40 grain ESP Raptor. Don't let the weight fool you, that is one bad to the bone little bullet.

Pick your shot and put it where it needs to go. About 150-170 yards is generally where I set my limit on bigger game with the 223/556 just because of retained energy. Doesn't mean it won't kill them further than that, because it will. Just the way I prefer to do it.
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:01 PM   #47
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My feeder is at about 100 yards
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:08 PM   #48
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I shot a buck last year at 185 yards with my .223 rifle through the chest while he was facing me and I dropped him in his tracks. Shot 2 more does about 150 yards later in the season behind the shoulder double lung and neither made it over 50 yards. Al have had crazy destruction. The buck was facing me and I ended up finding the bullet buried in his hind quarter in the hip bone. Hornady American Whitetail 60 Gr. Soft Point bullets have done the trick
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:23 PM   #49
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Just checked what ammo I have for it it’s a Hornady 55gr FMJ think it’ll work?
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Old 10-09-2019, 02:50 PM   #50
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Just checked what ammo I have for it itís a Hornady 55gr FMJ think itíll work?
It could work but probably the worst choice since fmj is designed to NOT expand. Go buy a box of just about any .223 ammo with an expanding bullet.
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