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Old October 11, 2012, 08:17 PM   #1
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What is your favorite .223 reload for hunting medium sized game?

I am just getting started in reloading and have the essentials to reload but there are so many choices in bullets, powders, etc. Just wondering what works for y'all out of a bolt action rifle. my loads will be intended for use on deer and hogs in south Florida. Yes I know a .223 isn't well suited for deer, but down here they are small enough to kill them with a sling shot and marble, just about lmao. Thanks for the help!
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Old October 11, 2012, 09:23 PM   #2
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I'm fond of the Sierra 65 grain Gameking. In my rifle it's very accurate over AA2230, with a charge of about a grain under the Lyman 49th max. I haven't shot too many deer with it, but have shot plenty of hogs and coyotes.
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Old October 11, 2012, 09:51 PM   #3
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I normally use Hornaday 55gr vmax and 26 grains of varget. Its fairly accurate but i was just interested to see what everyone else used. my rifle seems to love the 55grain bullets.
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Old October 13, 2012, 05:50 PM   #4
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^^^ this
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Old October 13, 2012, 11:09 PM   #5
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I haven't got a chance to try it out on game yet, but I have a load of 25.0grs of H335 under a 60gr Partition that shoots very well in my rifle.
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Old October 14, 2012, 12:13 AM   #6
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What are your barrel specs yo
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Old October 14, 2012, 02:03 PM   #7
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Ive tried 25gr of H335 and with the Vmax but It didnt seem to cut as well as I would like on paper. 22" barrel with a 1:9 twist.
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Old October 14, 2012, 09:51 PM   #8
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25gr TAC with 60gr Nosler Partition out of a 1/8 twist Rock River match barrel. 10 shots at 1". Should work in 1/9 twist.
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Old October 14, 2012, 10:32 PM   #9
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I have a load I like, the 65 gr. SGK with 24.5 grains of H335 using LC brass with CCI41 primers. Im using that in my RRA AR with a 1:9 twist 16" barrel, submoa @ 100yds.
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Old October 14, 2012, 10:42 PM   #10
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I might have to try that. I have a pound of Varget and H335 with a few boxes of 55gr Vmax, Nosler Ballistic tips, and Remington Accutip that I plan on seeing what I come up with. If I cant come up with anything that works great in my rifle with those, I will just load em up for my little sister to have some trigger time haha. Oh, and these loads are being used in a Bolt action hunting rifle. Not sure if the load data is any different for bolt action to an AR platform.
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Old October 15, 2012, 08:56 AM   #11
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You've listed some explosive bullets, none of which would be my preference for hunting pigs and deer. The Nosler Partition would probably be best, but the 63 grain and 65 grain Sierra's will do just fine, as will some of the Barnes bullets.
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Old October 15, 2012, 10:10 AM   #12
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indeed I have, but I dont do body shots on deer or pig with a .223. on pigs, I shoot in the head or behind the ear. A deer, its right below the jaw line on the neck. Never had a problem before. I plan trying a heavier bullet tho.
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Old October 16, 2012, 07:12 PM   #13
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I just loaded up a few more for another test.( 70gn Berger VLD ) Sunday they did really well out to 200 yards for a first test.My go to powder is 8208xbr.In my rifel 1:9 twist a charge of 23.5gn of 8208xbr did really well.The three shoot group came in just under a dime.The other three shoot group was 23.9gn of the same powder and just as small.So now I have loaded up the two in five rounds each and ready for testing.

I too tried 4007 with one lot of three at 25gn and it too did really well.For some reason or another I have found this powder to work in a 223 with 69gn or heavier bullets.( to date I have tried 75gn and 77gn bullets with this powder with good results ) BUT I keep going back to 8208 for its cleaner and works with any temp better for me.Plus I can pick up the FPS with less powder.

If the 70gner works out for me I know it will be my go to bullet for deer hunting.I have and still use the 75gn VLD but wanted to try the 70gner.I will post when the testing is done to what is going on.Just need to take the time to shoot again.
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Old October 17, 2012, 12:25 PM   #14
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I have some 55gr soft points on the way. Going to see how they shoot. If well, I plan on trying find what powder they are most accurate with and test them on some piggies down here in Florida
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Old October 18, 2012, 01:07 PM   #15
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60 gr V-max behind 25 gr of varget renders game dead with the right shot placement. And its a load that shoots subMOA out of my 16" chrome-lined AR15 (not really designed for accuracy but for rapid assault SHTF kind of deal)

However, there is a new round that is specifically designed for hogs
http://www.ammoland.com/2012/08/15/w...#axzz29fuQDk2I

I haven't tried it but the review claims great accuracy with the kind of penetration an no separation that you need to punch through the gristle plate of a boar. I don't know if they offer just the bullets for reloading or if its the combination of powder and bullet etc in their commercial load that makes it so effect against boar.

O and if your shooting .223 with a bolt (which I think u said) you definitely want to stay away from body shots. The AR allows a quick follow up the pig doesnt drop quickly, bolt? not so much.

My personal opinion is I wouldn't try the soft points on piggies, those things from what I understand will separate rather badly and you will not only have meat damage (though not as much as many other bullets) and you may not have enough uhmf to get that bullet through the gristle plate with enough energy to down the pig with one shot. Might as well aim for head. I don't know...I'm an amatuer but I speak w/ a lot of experienced peeps in my area and they only use soft points for plinking and would much rather have a bullet better designed for controlled expansion for hunting. I could be sounding like a dummy, but thats my 2 cents. V-maxs are realitively cheap, accurate and deadly.

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Old October 18, 2012, 02:04 PM   #16
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I fear some of the cheaper sp's that aren't made to hold together as well as a "premium bullet" or a thinly-jacketed varmint bullet are coming into this conversation for the wrong reasons. I hope, for ethical purposes and for fairness of the creatures we pursue, that we use the right bullets for the job and know our own limitations. Please use some sense and skill in choosing the load you use for hunting. Remember guys and gals, that animals are not made of paper or cardboard and do not care if they are killed with a sub-MOA load compared to one that will do the job better.
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Old October 18, 2012, 03:16 PM   #17
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60 gn Hornady Spire Point & 25 gn of Varget, with a Winchester small rifle primer have put many a hog in my freezer. But I only shoot them in the head. Makes for a short tracking job.
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Old October 18, 2012, 03:22 PM   #18
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the sp's are going to be for plinking and small pigs mostly. I usually use the 55gr Vmax, but I may step up to the 60gr and see how they do.
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Old October 18, 2012, 05:21 PM   #19
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60 gn Hornady Spire Point & 25 gn of Varget, with a Winchester small rifle primer have put many a hog in my freezer. But I only shoot them in the head. Makes for a short tracking job.
Your shot placement makes all the difference! Sounds like that load is a meat-getter for you!

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the sp's are going to be for plinking and small pigs mostly. I usually use the 55gr Vmax, but I may step up to the 60gr and see how they do.
Gotcha, I misunderstood the context in your above post.
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Old October 18, 2012, 08:45 PM   #20
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Head shots are the only way to go! same with a deer. Cant eat them horns!
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Old October 19, 2012, 12:43 AM   #21
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Head shots are the only way to go! same with a deer. Cant eat them horns!
Nope, but I gotta appreciate a meal that comes with its own toothpicks.
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Old October 19, 2012, 09:54 AM   #22
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Yessir! Just shoot em in the ear. Never had one loose its horns that way
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Old October 21, 2012, 11:28 PM   #23
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anyone shoot deer with the 68 BTHP? If so where should shot placement be
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