Best round for deer??? .223 Remington

Discussion in 'The Hunting & Fishing Forum' started by Frnc4891, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. Frnc4891

    Frnc4891 Member

    Jul 5, 2012
    Central Florida
    Trying to figure what will be the best round for deer and hog in central Florida. A large buck is only like 110 pounds. Doe usually comes in at 80 pounds. The rifle that I'm trying to set up is a bull barrel handi rifle in .223 Remington. I think it is 1:12 twist. The barrel is a sb2. That being said, I have heard that I can't use the Barnes 70 grain tsx because of not enough twist. Is this true??? Also, I don't have a reloader so I have to buy factory loads. Any help is appreciated.
  2. Frnc4891

    Frnc4891 Member

    Jul 5, 2012
    Central Florida
    Also any input on the Winchester psp I think it is a 55 grain. Walmart has them so they are readily available.

  3. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    The article below tells you that the .223 can be used for deer. I believe that the 1/12 twist will do well with bullets from 55gr, on up to some heavier bullets. Try some of the Nosler solid brass bullets, they stay together, and will give more penitration.

    deer can cleanly and legally be taken with the .223 Rem. in most states. For deer, it’s best to keep shots inside 150 yards so impact velocities are high enough to cause the tough bullets to open wide. Both my sons and I have taken many deer with the .223 Rem. using bullets like the Nosler 60-grain Partition, the 55-grain Barnes TSX and the 62-grain Fusion. Just last year I participated in a cull hunt where several other writers and I used Dynamic Research Technology's (DRT) 60-grain, powdered-metal bullet to take 22 whitetails with ARs chambered for the .223 Remington. Shots stretched out to 180 yards. We did not lose a single deer, and several of the bucks were near 200 pounds live weight.
  4. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    anything smaller than .24 caliber is illegal here in WA but .223 will certainly do the job and I assume it's legal in FL. Not my first choice of rounds but it will work.

    Best thing to do is try a bunch of different hunting ammo and see what your gun likes then buy a fair amount of it and do a good zero and practice with it. Lighter bullets will likely be best suited for that slow twist I think? Noslers would be my first choice of bullet brand too.
  5. mogunner

    mogunner Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2011
    Eastern Missouri
    SMALLER than .24?
  6. jedwil

    jedwil Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    Texas Hill Country
    I have used a 64 grain Winchester PSP and it has been effective on our small Hill Country Whitetails; and no shot was over 100 yards.
    I have just purchased a new Winchester product called Razrback, I think, that is supposedly designed for the thick hides of hogs. I am anxious to try it on some of the medium sized pigs running around.
  7. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2008
    sounds like yall need to put some does down.
  8. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    yeah, anything under .24 cal is illegal for big game. Must be centerfire also. Ironically, handguns are completely legal so long as they meet the .24 cal and 4" minimum barrel length criteria! So a .223 rifle is illegal but you could use a glock 23.... makes sense right? :confused:
  9. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Guest

    Per Florida

    Rifle for deer just has to be centerfire with not more than a capacity of 5 in the magazine.

    If you keep ranges to within 100 yards a 223 will work great.

    The Barns TSX in a .224 70gr flavor will NOT work in your rifle. Barns says 1:8" twist or faster. The 55gr bullets are going to be about your max.
  10. 45nut

    45nut Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    Small deer doesn't necessarily mean they are stunted, sometimes, as in the herd in the Hill Country of Texas, it's just a smaller sub-species of whitetail deer. This is in Florida where the deer there are a pretty small sub-species just like the largest sub-species of whitetail deer are in Canada, Alberta, I think.

    But yes, I"m always ready to kill some does.
  11. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    .243 but better yet......308
    NOT a .223
    Unless you are very,very precise.
    Are you that good ?
  12. gun runner

    gun runner Former Guest

    Nov 23, 2011
    South Texas
    .223 on up. Just shoot the deer in the heart or directly in the head
  13. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    Got to agree with OZO on being very precise.
    We dont have a rifle season but I've taken a few, bigger coyotes and some at long ranges. With a .223 caliber, a well placed shot makes the all difference in the world.
  14. stumper1300

    stumper1300 New Member

    Feb 27, 2012
    I have killed more deer with a .223 than any other caliber and never lost one. Always hear about idiots taking risk shots with their big guns and losing hit deer because they thought they could get away with it because of the caliber they were shooting. A .22 long rifle will drop a deer in its tracks if the shot is well placed.
  15. langenc

    langenc Active Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Montmorency Co, MI
    Use the Nosler Partition in 60 gr-the only one they make in that caliber.
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