Do-All .223/5.56 load?

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  1. ALMODUX

    ALMODUX Elite Refuge Member

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    Realizing this is counterintuitive, anyone have any experience w/ a .223/5.56 off the shelf, >64gr load that's suitable for coyotes, 'cats, etc, AND deer AND tactical LR work? Sure, I'm pretty certain from experience that ill have to have 2-3 loads to do it all, but there's more stuff coming out than I can keep track of...maybe somebody has come close?:nutz

    Thanks.
     
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    75 & 80 grain a-max will be your best bet assuming you've got the twist.
     
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    howard s. Elite Refuge Member

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    Leave the deer out and the 55 gr. bullet works petty good.
    With the deer you need a 60 gr. bullet and up.
     
  4. ALMODUX

    ALMODUX Elite Refuge Member

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    You have to realize that 'tactical' long range work for the 5.56, runs to 600m. Bullets <64 grains tend to stink at that.

    C4L,
    I didn't know they had 80gr A-Max stuff, and haven't played with the 75 myself, either. I'll try to look at some #s and loads with those. I suspect theyll be too long to work in an AR mag, and be single shot, only? Thanks.

    I might have to look in the 69gr realm for semi auto loads?
     
  5. Layout101

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    TTSX 55 grain will do it all. :tu
     
  6. ALMODUX

    ALMODUX Elite Refuge Member

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    To 300, for sure. Maybe 400. Looking at higher BC bullets, that'll hold stable to 600, hunt coyotes to 300ish, and maybe take deer/small hogs for cull stuff, under 100. It's almost got to be over 62gr, all copper Barnes, Berger, or not. :)
     
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    If your going further out than 300 I don't know if 223 is the platform I would start with myself. I use my 243 for the far stuff.
     
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    .223 while not a great deer will do just fine if the shooter does his job. i would work up a 55 fmj load and take shoulder shots. you should be running in the 3000-3200 fps depending on the twist and length of barrel.
     
  9. ALMODUX

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    I'm not sure I've explained fully....I have some AR uppers that are intended for 600m interdiction/precision work. 5.56 is what they are/will continue to be. I only need true hunting performance to 300. I need that same load to stay supersonic and stable, to 600. 55gr bullets won't do that. I'll have larger caliber rifles for long work, too. I'm just trying to find a dual purpose load I can bulk up on. It just about has to be betw 62-77gr. :)
     
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    I think Barnes makes a 62 or 70 grain TSX ? That weight and bullet structure would be lethal for hunting and should still zip at long range.
     

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