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AR-15 (.223) ammo for deer?

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I’ve not had great luck getting 75gr. Or larger bullets to fly very well out of my 223. I believe it is because they are too long, they are engaging the lands over too long a surface and it causes them to destabilize once they leave the barrel? Any thoughts on this??


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12 hours ago, Fishnut said:

I’ve not had great luck getting 75gr. Or larger bullets to fly very well out of my 223. I believe it is because they are too long, they are engaging the lands over too long a surface and it causes them to destabilize once they leave the barrel? Any thoughts on this??


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Seat them further, but check for crunch.  If crunching, use a tighter crimp.  Also, what's your twist??

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On 10/10/2017 at 3:33 PM, LakerTaker said:

I agree with you, I grew up using a 250 Savage for several years, then transitioned over to a 30-06.  I have a specific application (short range tree stand) where a .223 might be effective and I wanted to test the water to see if others are using this caliber.  I spend a lot of time shooting and am an accuracy freak, so shot placement is important to me.

 

laker when you mentioned the savage 250 were you referring to the 250-3000, I have one of those it was my fathers, the barrels shot out as he used it for varmint hunting. The 22-250 replaced that round. Did any one of you guys look into the 6mm creedmore, awesome looking pill I think it’s just over 3000 feet a second. Hell of a yote gun with plenty of punch behind it. If your not a pelt saver. LOL 

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Your barrel may be scrap ; if not the gun may not shoot that bullet ; eg. I was given a Roberts .257 but difficulty getting ammo apart from Rem 117 gr. Hand loaded 85 gr Hornady 85 gr. V Max :You guessed it , the rifle shot the VMax better than the bullet it was made for ( the gun was old , there was no Hornday Vmax at that time )

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Yes PAP, it was a 250-3000, Savage Model 99 lever action. It killed bucks the first 6 years that I hunted, and has been a first-timer gun in our family ever since. My Dad bought the 250, along with a 300 Savage from an old friend back in the early 70’s. Photo is for reference, not our gun, but looks just like this one. IMG_7019.thumb.PNG.188d039bd9ee9ce00866e7a42fd49e82.PNG

 

 

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I know it's not what you asked, but have you considered building a new upper in a larger caliber?  (E.g. a 6.8 spc)  You can use everything you already have in the lower

No, I haven’t considered that. I like keeping factory guns intact. Just personal preference, I guess. I have several friends who do some interesting custom builds and I have tons of respect for that, but for now my interests lie elsewhere. I would, however, consider installing a custom trigger assembly. My next gun will be a Remington R-25 in .308, but it will be awhile before I make that purchase.


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I've shot a number of deer with my .222 mag with 55 gr splitzer round. i always shoot them in base of the head and i've never had one move after I shoot it. So if your looking for a round that will work on deer, shot well out of your gun, and you can use it on varmints give one of those a try. 

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