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.223 for deer hunting

My wife has been putting some rounds through my ar. She is  small framed and 5' 2" tall. She likes the feel of the ar, it fits her well. What ammo should she use?

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62 gr Federal

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50 Vmax

 

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ARs work great for deer.  Saw a guy shoot 3 deer before the first one even tipped over.  He thought he missed, or at least that's what he said.  He's not hunting with us anymore.   All three deer only had one round, but all made it about 100yrds before dying.

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 Never been able to shoot a deer with a .223.  I have brought it out a number a times but never actually pulled the trigger.  It is all about a good shot but why take the chance if you have a .243 she can shoot.  

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It will bounce off em

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Good god people. I could kill a deer with a stick and a honey bee if I tried hard enough. Its a centerfirle rifle and can easily kill a deer. Not sure if he might be looking to get a rise out of some or not, but regardless...

Don't shoot VMax. Get something like the Nosler 60 grain partiions for Deer. 

I shoot 55 grain federal blue box out of my 22-250. I know many on here can vouge for what tack diver it is and has been on deer for me. Oh, and antelope absolutely hate my 22-250 because they don't stand a chance either.

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I'm not really trying to get a rise out of someone, and I personally have not shot deer with 223.  Just saying that eventhough there was good shot placement and these deer did die, they didn't appear to be hit.  I would be careful of shooting at another animal if you trust your rifle and had pulled the trigger already is all.

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I DON'T NEED THE HONEY BEE, JUST THE STICK AND WAK~EM

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bullheadmaster Said:
Good god people. I could kill a deer with a stick and a honey bee if I tried hard enough. Its a centerfirle rifle and can easily kill a deer. Not sure if he might be looking to get a rise out of some or not, but regardless...

Don't shoot VMax. Get something like the Nosler 60 grain partiions for Deer. 

I shoot 55 grain federal blue box out of my 22-250. I know many on here can vouge for what tack diver it is and has been on deer for me. Oh, and antelope absolutely hate my 22-250 because they don't stand a chance either.

Big J

I have also watched many a deer succumb to the 22-250.  Reasonable range and shot placement is key. 

P.S.  I want front row seats to the stick and honey bee challenge.

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TSX in either 55 or 62 possibly even 70 gr depending on the twist of the rifle barrel. I am not a huge fan of the .223 for deer but having seen the results that these bullets provide, they make shooting them equivalent to a .243/6mm in other types of bullets.

If you have an 1-8 twist then the heavier bullets should stabilize out of the AR with a 16" barrel, if you are reloading, otherwise Fed premiums come in the 55gr factory loads. What I found in my .223 is that they shot almost identical to the Rem 50 gr loads in regards to POI little to no difference at 200 yards. However like most people will tell you each rifle is a bit different.

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I'm not really trying to get a rise out of someone, and I personally have not shot deer with 223.  Just saying that eventhough there was good shot placement and these deer did die, they didn't appear to be hit.  I would be careful of shooting at another animal if you trust your rifle and had pulled the trigger already is all.

Sounds like operator error. I wouldn't blame the gun.

Big J

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I like the 65 grain sierra gameking SPBT type bullets out of my 223 for deer. Or anything TSX!

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my wife shoots a tc encore in 22/250

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bullheadmaster Said:

Colonel Angus Said:
I'm not really trying to get a rise out of someone, and I personally have not shot deer with 223.  Just saying that eventhough there was good shot placement and these deer did die, they didn't appear to be hit.  I would be careful of shooting at another animal if you trust your rifle and had pulled the trigger already is all.

Sounds like operator error. I wouldn't blame the gun.

Big J

Big j likes to use varmint bullets for big game.  hahahahaha

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Are there any magazine restrictions in ND when hunting deer with AR-15?

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Enslow Said:

bullheadmaster Said:

Colonel Angus Said:
I'm not really trying to get a rise out of someone, and I personally have not shot deer with 223.  Just saying that eventhough there was good shot placement and these deer did die, they didn't appear to be hit.  I would be careful of shooting at another animal if you trust your rifle and had pulled the trigger already is all.

Sounds like operator error. I wouldn't blame the gun.

Big J

Big j likes to use varmint bullets for big game.  hahahahaha

Why is that funny?  And also, not truthful.

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 A deer's head is bigger than a prairie dog.  Aim small miss small.  Go for the eyeball.

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no. 

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Are there any magazine restrictions in ND when hunting deer with AR-15?

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55 gr TSX, 5 round mag limit in SD, not sure about ND.  My little lady has killed a pile with the AR and 55 gr TSX.  If she shoots it well and keeps shots within a reasonable distance she will have no issues.

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55 GR.

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Took one with my .223. Was pretty good size buck that did not want to die. Took 4  shots but it did it.

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 ar rifle, iron sights, 40 round mags

coyotes and deer beware

its an absolute blast

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 oh, and wolf ammo, hollow points that dont open

they kill just fine

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good thread, I've shot quite a few deer with the 22-250, mostly does but my girlfriend may get into some shooting and I have an extra .223 that I might have her shoot next year, this is all good info.

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bullheadmaster Said:

Colonel Angus Said:
I'm not really trying to get a rise out of someone, and I personally have not shot deer with 223.  Just saying that eventhough there was good shot placement and these deer did die, they didn't appear to be hit.  I would be careful of shooting at another animal if you trust your rifle and had pulled the trigger already is all.

Sounds like operator error. I wouldn't blame the gun.

Big J

Indeed an operator error.  Was only offering a few words of wisdom from personal experience for those new to using small calibers.  Maybe others could learn from this operator's error and be sure of the miss before shooting some more.  I'm certainly not blaming the gun, as it worked well.

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 a deer running 100 yards after being hit is not unacceptable caliber/bullet performance

promise if you hit anywhere in the cns w .223 the deer be dropn

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muzzytipped Said:
 A deer's head is bigger than a prairie dog.  Aim small miss small.  Go for the eyeball.

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I am going to get a fast twist barreled .22-.250 and shoot 60 grain Nosler partitions.  That will be by coyote and antelope gun

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I have used 62gr power point.  Made a good shot on vitals and deer traveled about 100 yards, stood there, looked at me for about two minutes then fell over.  I have never used a .223 for deer again.

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