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At 500yds would you?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by CSestp, Nov 13, 2008.


5.56 or 7.62x51

  1. 5.56

    8 vote(s)
  2. 7.62x51

    80 vote(s)
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  1. CSestp

    CSestp Well-Known Member

    Would you rather be shooting 5.56? or a 7.62x51? Take in mind I don't plan on hunting paper.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2008
  2. Tarvis

    Tarvis Well-Known Member

    If you aren't hunting paper, we need to "take in mind" what you are hunting to objectively answer your question.
  3. chriso

    chriso Well-Known Member

    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 :)...
  4. WardenWolf

    WardenWolf member

    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.
  5. Monkeybear

    Monkeybear Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. Kind of Blued

    Kind of Blued Well-Known Member

    What is this supposed to say?
  7. Auburn1992

    Auburn1992 Well-Known Member

    crap. Thought that 7.62x51 was x39 :banghead: otherwise, wouldn't have voted for the 5.56.
  8. woof

    woof Well-Known Member

    At 500 yards I'd get closer.
  9. 627PCFan

    627PCFan Well-Known Member

    Although this thread sketches me out,

    5.56 @ 500 yards on varmints= Money :D
  10. Kymasabe

    Kymasabe Well-Known Member

    No brainer. I'd take .308 over .223 any day of the week...especially at distances over 200 yards.
  11. Appsy

    Appsy Active Member

    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
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2008
  12. db_tanker

    db_tanker Well-Known Member

    7.62...for sure.
  13. Dumptruck

    Dumptruck Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. cerberus65

    cerberus65 Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. expvideo

    expvideo Well-Known Member

    At that range, I'd rather just try not to be noticed and get:
    b)further away
    depending on what I'm shooting at.
  16. cracked butt

    cracked butt Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. CSestp

    CSestp Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    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.
  20. JackOfAllTradesMasterAtNone

    JackOfAllTradesMasterAtNone Well-Known Member

    CSestp, Dude, Chill out...

    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.

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