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    Quote Originally Posted by Eurodriver View Post
    I know this has been beat up, even by me, but can someone tell me:

    If you have a .223 semi auto capable of hitting sub-MOA out to 600 yards (I do) and you were hunting southeastern deer not getting any bigger than 180lbs...

    What would be the absolute furthest you would shoot a deer, and what bullet/round would you use?

    Here's my issue. Where I hunt in SC there is one stand that has about 3 shooting lanes that go out to 150 yards max. I'm not concerned about this. A second one has a maximum range of about 350 yards. This affords pretty good cover and if I see a big buck I can get out of the stand and get a bit closer if I have to.

    But the last one is almost 600 yards. I know a .223 isn't wise that far so I'm just curious how close I can get and still make a clean kill using a .223 assuming I get a perfect vital hit.
    My #1 choice would be Barnes TSX, (I'd even look into the Remington Hog Hammer for deer hunting)
    Nosler Partition
    DRT Teminal shock

    Personally around 300 yards would be my max, the more under 300 the better.

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    62 gr fusion at roughly 50 yards.

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    .223 @ 600 yards will only have about 150ftlbs of energy. I would say 300 yard max for deer. Just for comparison, a .308 has about 1,000ftlbs of energy @ 600yds.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MBtech View Post
    My #1 choice would be Barnes TSX, (I'd even look into the Remington Hog Hammer for deer hunting)
    Nosler Partition
    DRT Teminal shock

    Personally around 300 yards would be my max, the more under 300 the better.
    Especially with the TSX, you can usually find out the minimum velocity for reliable expansion

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    What bullet is best for longer distances? I cant find any load data for XBR for any of those bullets MBTech mentioned either.
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    I would not take a shot over 150 and that is with a Barnes TSX/TTSX out of a longer barrel 18+. Here in South Dakota you could have really long shots so I never would use an AR unless I was stalking and going to be close or in a tight area. Deer can be massive too. My kids will probably use this type of gun and load for their first time, but only on shorter shots.

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    I harvested this buck last Monday from 100 yards, using Winchester super X 55 grain factory ammo. It only went about 15 feet, then dropped and bled out.
    Last edited by e z money; 12-06-17 at 23:58.

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    Nice buck!

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    Doe taken this season. 60 yard shot using the Barnes 70gr TSX out of my 11.5” BCM. Took out both lungs and the top of the heart. She ran 30 yards.
    Last edited by Rusty Pheasant; 12-07-17 at 11:39.

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