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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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