Good for hunting........


November 23, 2008, 07:34 PM
Which would be good for hunting purposes a FMJ or a ballistic round?

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rust collector
November 23, 2008, 07:58 PM
Generally, full metal jacket projectiles do not make good hunting ammunition.

All bullets are ballistic, but you may be thinking of ballistic tip bullets which have a plastic tip protector in place. They are definitely better for hunting.

November 23, 2008, 08:01 PM
FMJ and "solid core" type bullets are good for situations where busting through tough hide and heavy bones are important parts of dropping the animal cleanly.

November 23, 2008, 08:05 PM
FMJ bullets are illegal for big game hunting in many states.

rust collector
November 23, 2008, 08:36 PM
I'm sorry, I did assume that you weren't gunning for elephant, rhino or cape buffalo. Your professional hunter would probably advise you to use solids for those critters.

In all other cases, respect for your quarry dictates use of expanding bullets.

November 23, 2008, 08:44 PM
THATS WHAT I WANTED TO KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thx for all the replies, I thought the ballistic tip were the best but its better to be safe than sorry. What made me think about that was in some states its legal to hunt deer w/a 223 but w/a FMJ I thought the round would pass right through not really doing any damage were as a ballistic tip would mushroom and do maore damage.

November 23, 2008, 11:41 PM
If you want to hunt deer with a .223 it can be done, but get cartidges that are loaded specifically for DEER. I don't know what's out there off the top of my head, but look for something in the 62 or 70 grain range.

Shot placement is critical. You should be very confident in your abilities to put rounds where you want them before going after deer with a .223

November 24, 2008, 06:21 AM
right on , Ill stick with shooting coyotes and small game w/,my 223 and shooting deer w/my 44mag. I have thought about getting a 243 for deer though.

November 24, 2008, 06:32 AM
Personally, when I'm elk hunting, I keep a good expanding bullet in the chamber and solids in the well. So many people say" solids just zip through game without doing any real damage." Excuse me? I reckon anything that puts two holes in the lungs is a killer. And if you hit bone, you get all sorts of lovely bone fragments that shred through lungs and such. When an animal that is hit starts to book,, I'll shove solids at him and know they will reach vitals.

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