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Best deer ammo

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by WormCan, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. WormCan

    WormCan Active Member

    My son shot his first rifle deer today. He shot it with a Savage 223 at 100 yards. That was the furthest I was going to allow him to shoot. Perfect flat broadside shot. The problem we had was almost no blood ttrail. When we cleaned the doe I noticed a part of a curled bullet fragment had almost exited (next to the skin) on the other side and all the insides was really torn up so the bullet must have separated thus no good exit hole. The ammo we used was Hornady 75 gn bthp match. I was using this ammo because it was so accurate from the rifle. I also really want to stay with the heavy grain ammo but its not a must. Does anyone know if the Hornady TAP 75 gn Personal Defense bullet would stay together ? Should I try to find a heavy FMJ ?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    You should try to find dedicated deer bullet ammo.

    Match ammo is not intended to work on game, and TAP ammo is designed to work on scrawny little drug fellers gone berserk. They are designed to break apart & tumble.

    Any non-bonded boat-tail bullet like the 75 grain match are almost always going to fail and shed their jacket. The boat-tail acts just like a Morris Taper chuck on a drill press.
    As soon as the core slips in the slightest, it is free of the jacket and can squirt out on it's own.

    Look for Nosler Partition, Barnes DPX, Remington 62 grain Core-Lokt Ultra Bonded PSP, or other bonded core, premium hunting loads.

    Regardless, IMO, the .223 is not a good deer rifle with even the best of ammo, and barely adequate performance is always going to be there with any load.

  3. littlelefty

    littlelefty Well-Known Member

    "Should I try to find a heavy FMJ ?"

    I don't think that you can legally hunt with FMJ, can you?

    And for me, 223 seems more of a varmint round that deer. Obviously it worked and lots of others will attest to the same. But for an exit wound and blood trail to follow, my own opinion based on personal preference is that heavier bullets at moderate velocities trump lighter speedier bullets on deer size game.

    Well now, that didn't help a bit, did it? So much for my opinion.
  4. ants

    ants Well-Known Member

    You owe gratitude to rc model for taking the time to explain. Your bthp bullet is for shooting paper targets, and to make it accurate it has a very thin copper skin that sheds instantly. It is NOT a hunting bullet. Your son will lose too many deer using target bullets.

    Go to the Speer web site, and I think maybe Hornady also and maybe Sierra, for a full explanation of how bullets are made for either target, varmint, big game, or dangerous game. (And fmj for military or plinking.) Then you select the proper bullet for the purpose.

    And be sure to give a big pat on the back to your son! Go shooting, son-of-WormCan!
  5. ATAShooter

    ATAShooter Well-Known Member

    .223 NOT legal for deer in Va. Book states .23 or larger. Game warden looks at you funny when you pluck one with a Armalite AR50 also, but, that's ok in Va.
  6. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Huge ditto.
  7. bang_bang

    bang_bang Well-Known Member

    "Game warden looks at you funny when you pluck one with a Armalite AR50 also, but, that's ok in Va."

    I WANT PICS:neener:
  8. gvnwst

    gvnwst Well-Known Member

    I like the DPX, but if you handload, there is the swift sirricco II, that is a erally nice bullet. In 75gr.
  9. Auburn1992

    Auburn1992 Well-Known Member

    +1 for partition

    Or what about Win Ballistictip?
  10. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Very, very hard to beat the Nosler Partition or Remington Core-Lokt bullets for Deer. They worked back when, and they still do.
  11. stiab

    stiab Well-Known Member

    Although deer can be killed with a .223, that is not what it was designed and intended for. It is certainly not the best choice out there. I think we owe it to the deer to used something more appropriate.
  12. Mannlicher

    Mannlicher Well-Known Member

    A .223, (or another of the .22 caliber centerfires) is more than adequate for deer, when used with proper bullets, and by a guy that knows what he is doing with the rifle. You could say that hunting large game with a .223 is an experienced hunter's game.

    Your son might be better served, if he were hunting with a caliber more suited for big game, and certainly if he were using a proper bullet.
  13. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Are we talking those wimpy little scrub-brush Florida deer, or 300 pound corn-fed Kansas deer?

    Lotta different sizes of deer over the country!

  14. WormCan

    WormCan Active Member

    Thank you all very much. You have been a tremendous amount of help. Our oldest son is very small and timid for his age. It took him a long time not to flinch with the 22 long rifle. He seems to be doing just fine with the 223 and I dont want to push him too fast. We been through 270, 243, and now we have backed up to the state minimum of 223. He knows we arent going to take shots over 100 yards. He hit the nail on the head this mourning but I didnt think those bullets would separate. Now I know we need something to stay together and hold its momentum.
    Thanks again.
  15. WormCan

    WormCan Active Member

    These are TN deer...
  16. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    The last deer I shot with something of the .22 variety was with a .22 LR. Dropped like a light switch went off, (Back of the head from the side) and the statute of limitations is out, so don't even say it. :cool:

    I agree, a bigger caliber than .223 would be better, but with proper bullet placement, almost any round will do.
  17. Hostile Amish

    Hostile Amish member

    Nosler Partition, Barnes Triple Shock X-Bullet, Core-Lokt, and Bear Claw (for .223 and similar cartridges) are all good choices.
  18. Shade00

    Shade00 Well-Known Member

    I think Nosler Partition 55gr soft point is the way to go in .223.
  19. stormspotter

    stormspotter Well-Known Member

    Since I hunt in heavier cover 75 yards is a long shot for me. I usually use my Browning B92 in 357, but this year my son decided to go so I was left with my Tikka T3 223 Remington. Sierra makes a fine 65 gr. Gameking so I loaded some up, checked for POI change, and have been trying to find Bambi to try them out on.

    So far son 1, me 0 :banghead:.

    He poped a good sized doe at 40 yds with a 158 gr HP and she hit the ground, kicked a few times and that was it. He hit her at the base of the left shoulder/neck and it exited midway right side rib cage.
  20. franconialocal

    franconialocal Well-Known Member

    Best Deer load

    Try .243 or .270

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