At 500yds would you?


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CSestp
November 13, 2008, 02:09 AM
Would you rather be shooting 5.56? or a 7.62x51? Take in mind I don't plan on hunting paper.

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Tarvis
November 13, 2008, 02:18 AM
If you aren't hunting paper, we need to "take in mind" what you are hunting to objectively answer your question.

chriso
November 13, 2008, 02:34 AM
Id rather use 7.62 x 51 than going past 400 with the .223 not saying its not capable just saying my 308 is more capable :)...

WardenWolf
November 13, 2008, 02:55 AM
The .308 was designed to be a highly accurate long-range round. The .223 was designed to be an accurate medium-range low-recoil battle rifle round. Long story short, the .308 is far more suited to such long range shooting. It retains effective stopping power and accuracy at ranges far exceeding that of the .223. I would not consider the .223 to be appropriate for hunting beyond 200 yards, and not more than half that for larger game like deer.

Monkeybear
November 13, 2008, 03:55 AM
If your buying the ammo, I want 7.62 NATO. If I'm buying I want 5.56.

I assume you meant that you are not hunting, just punching paper. If thats the case I would go cheap.

Kind of Blued
November 13, 2008, 07:35 AM
Take in mind I am I don't plan on hunting paper.

What is this supposed to say?

Auburn1992
November 13, 2008, 07:52 AM
crap. Thought that 7.62x51 was x39 :banghead: otherwise, wouldn't have voted for the 5.56.

woof
November 13, 2008, 08:57 AM
At 500 yards I'd get closer.

627PCFan
November 13, 2008, 09:10 AM
Although this thread sketches me out,

5.56 @ 500 yards on varmints= Money :D

Kymasabe
November 13, 2008, 09:22 AM
No brainer. I'd take .308 over .223 any day of the week...especially at distances over 200 yards.

Appsy
November 13, 2008, 09:25 AM
Im with chriso and Mike the Wolf. 5.56 can be accurate out to 900 yards with a 1 in 6.5 to 9 twist and 90gn projectiles. however for reliable accuracy and humane kills on anything larger than a varmint at 500 yards go the 7.62x51

db_tanker
November 13, 2008, 10:38 AM
7.62...for sure.

Dumptruck
November 13, 2008, 10:42 AM
What are you hunting? Wildlife or an elusive ex-wife? I don't want to end up in the clink for giving you bad ideas.

cerberus65
November 13, 2008, 11:12 AM
If you're hunting paper then either will do. If you're hunting something else then .223 is only adequate for small critters. The .308 would work for either.

Unless you're already an expert marksman, be sure to hunt plenty of paper at that distance before you actually start shooting at game out that far. It would definitely be the ethical thing to do.

expvideo
November 13, 2008, 11:18 AM
At that range, I'd rather just try not to be noticed and get:
a)closer
b)further away
depending on what I'm shooting at.

cracked butt
November 13, 2008, 11:42 AM
The 7.6x51 really doesn't have much in the way of accuracy advantages over the 556. At 500 yards, unless you are shooting nothing bigger than coyotes, I'd opt for something with much better ballisticsthan the 7.62x51 for ethical humane hunting.
I'll be blunt and honest- if you have to ask, you have no business shooting anything but paper at 500 yards, or even 1/2 that range.

CSestp
November 13, 2008, 01:04 PM
oh and you were born with this information cracked butt? this is the problem with some people on this forum, bunch of elitest. Sorry for trying to learn. Wont ever make the mistake of asking a stupid question:banghead:. To be blunt and honest.

Thank everyone else very much.

22-rimfire
November 13, 2008, 01:22 PM
No brainer. I'd take .308 over .223 any day of the week...especially at distances over 200 yards.

That would be my reasoning as well. But it depends on what you are hunting. The 30 caliber bullet will do better wind drift wise at long range than the .223. But if you are shooting prarie dogs, I certainly wouldn't choose a 308.

I'm still learning myself. Can't know everything.

Jim Watson
November 13, 2008, 01:31 PM
If you are shooting at anything besides wild animals and paper, your Sergeant will give you the caliber you need.

Otherwise, I'll take the .223 because at 500 yards I will not be shooting at anything but paper or varmints. I don't consider that a sporting shot on big game. No doubt everybody else is a better shot than me.

JackOfAllTradesMasterAtNone
November 13, 2008, 01:37 PM
Cracked Butt offered some good advice. Along with others that asked 'what you're hunting/going to be shootin at'. His answer was not 'elitist' at all. It was sound advice to a question that was a bit vague. Not a stupid question, but a bit vague.

-Steve

CSestp
November 13, 2008, 01:45 PM
Thats your opinion to hold as mine is mine. Ether way I found out what I needed to know. Once again thank you for the information.

offthepaper
November 13, 2008, 01:55 PM
CSestp, Dude, Chill out...

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Cracked Butt offered some good advice. Along with others that asked 'what you're hunting/going to be shootin at'. His answer was not 'elitist' at all. It was sound advice to a question that was a bit vague. Not a stupid question, but a bit vague.

Agreed.
Sorry to the original poster, but the question was at least a bit vague. Giving a good, honest, informative answer requires a little more info than was given in the question.
Not trying to flame you CSestp, but on this or most other forums, the more detailed info given in the question will result in a more informative answer.
Now, deep breaths....

Art Eatman
November 13, 2008, 03:08 PM
Yup. And since CSestp is happy, I'm happy. :)

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