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Old November 17, 2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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Barnes TSX 223

My next pig hunt, I am going to try out the TSX rounds. Not sure whether to go with the 62gr (2,900 FPS/1,160 FT LBS) or 70gr (2,800 FPS/1,225 FT LBS)? The bullet on the 70gr seems pretty long. I'm using a 1:7 twist.
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Old November 17, 2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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Either should be good with a 1:7. Barnes Vor-TX is my favorite bullet
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Old November 17, 2012, 04:01 PM   #3
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Either should be good with a 1:7. Barnes Vor-TX is my favorite bullet
Does the VOR-TX offer an advantage over the standard TSX?
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Old November 17, 2012, 05:08 PM   #4
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If the lighter bullet has enough weight to penetrate as deep as you want, go with that and take advantage of the extra velocity. If you think you'll need more penetration, take the heavier bullet and greater penetration.
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Old November 17, 2012, 08:00 PM   #5
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Here is what Barnes recommends as far as bullet weight and twist.

http://www.barnesbullets.com/wp-cont.../5.56-Nato.pdf

With Barnes I'd be tempted to go as light as 55 gr.
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Old November 17, 2012, 08:17 PM   #6
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Here is what Barnes recommends as far as bullet weight and twist.

http://www.barnesbullets.com/wp-cont.../5.56-Nato.pdf

With Barnes I'd be tempted to go as light as 55 gr.

The chart was helpful, thanks. I think I'll split the difference and go with the 62 gr.
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Old November 18, 2012, 10:42 AM   #7
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If the lighter bullet has enough weight to penetrate as deep as you want, go with that and take advantage of the extra velocity. If you think you'll need more penetration, take the heavier bullet and greater penetration.

That's a tough one to decide? Sometimes were shooting small pigs, and other times shooting some sizely boar. Which would you use?
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Old November 18, 2012, 01:57 PM   #8
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I think lighter may be better with the TSX. I would hunt pigs with the 55's, so either of your choices should work fine.
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Old November 18, 2012, 07:03 PM   #9
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I have some .223s loaded up with 55-gr TTSXs, but for serious hunting or defense, I load the 60-gr Nosler Partition. It's scary accurate out of both of my ARs - one-hole groups at 25 yds. I shoot 12-ga hulls off of target stands at 100 yds with them. (Too bad they're $$$!)
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Old November 18, 2012, 07:35 PM   #10
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I have some .223s loaded up with 55-gr TTSXs, but for serious hunting or defense, I load the 60-gr Nosler Partition. It's scary accurate out of both of my ARs - one-hole groups at 25 yds. I shoot 12-ga hulls off of target stands at 100 yds with them. (Too bad they're $$$!)
I did originally consider the 60gr Nosler Partition's. It's now looking like that's the route I'm going, because most other places the TSX is back ordered. I found one company (Trajectory Technologies, Inc.) that has both 62 & 70gr TSX, but I'm kind of skeptical....don't know anything about the company? Also, Cheaper than Dirt has 62gr TSX as well.
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Old November 18, 2012, 08:00 PM   #11
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I'd go 62 gr regardless of what bullet you end up deciding on. Should be plenty accurate in your 1:7 barrel and still fit in a mag without a problem.
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Old November 18, 2012, 08:05 PM   #12
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That is definitely my plan now. Thanks
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Old November 18, 2012, 09:39 PM   #13
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Any .223 hunting bullet will work....

This one was shot with an hollow point bullet weight I can't remember. It was less than 62gr I know for sure.

The wound on the neck is the exit.

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Old November 18, 2012, 09:57 PM   #14
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Nice! Was it a single shot kill?
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Old November 18, 2012, 10:10 PM   #15
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Yes, if shot in the neck less than 100yds they will drop in place with a .223. The neck is a large target area on a pig compared to attempting a heart shot.

The .223's velocity will impart hydrostatic shock and incapacitate if hit in the neck.
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Old November 18, 2012, 10:29 PM   #16
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The .223's velocity will impart hydrostatic shock and incapacitate if hit in the neck.
Good to know.
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