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Deer Hunting

556 for deer hunting

Uploaded on November 03, 2011

I'm thinking of buying a 556 semi auto for deer hunting in west virgina. do you think a 556 caliber is to small??? Thoughts and oppinions would be appreicated. Thanks

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from JamesD wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

In your state it's illegal to hunt deer with a rim fire under .25cal. A 5.56mm is a .223cal and your hunting regulations don't say anything about center fire cartridges under .25cal. With that being said a 5.56mm is a great cartridge for predators but a little light in my opinion for deer. If your a good marksman a .243cal would be more adequate. If you're looking for something under .30cal for deer hunting the .25-06, .270 and .280 calibers are better suited. Think of it this way if you were to get only one shot at a huge buck in your lifetime what caliber firearm would you feel the most confident in taking that deer with. Good hunting.

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from wildcaller11 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

a good shot is in order to shood deer with a .223. my brother used our colt ar 15 his 1st year of hunting, and the spike horn he shot dropped dead as any other deer shot right, the key is pracice.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

My opinion, it is way too light. I would only advise using a .223 Remington for younger children, using a quality bullet made for larger game. I would also keep my shots within 100 yards.

If you want an AR platform to use for deer hunting, I would step it up to a 6.8 SPC, .243 Winchester, or .308 Winchester. Much better ballistic performance.

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from junkyarddog wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

Thank you all for your in put.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

In WV it is legal to hunt with any centerfire cartridge. My Son and my son-in-law both have .223's and both have success with their .223's. Neither has crippled a deer with their rifle. You have to pick your shot and don't just shoot for hair. I think that people with big guns think that all they have to do is just shoot for hair and it will do the job. They didn't take it from me I shoot a 300WSM.

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from wp wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

The main problem is with bullet selection. Most .223/5.56 rounds are designed for varmints, targets, predators, or people. They expand too rapidly or not at all. If you can find a suitable projectile and pick your shots carefully you should have no problems. That being said, there are better choices offered in the AR platform that were mentioned above.

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

Wouldn't use it myself

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from DesertWalker wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

although I think that the round is of solid quality I would not use it for deer hunting, as it was stated earlier the shot must be more perfect than with other calibers.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

I personally wouldn't do it unless it was all I had and I was highly proficient with it and patient enough to pick my shots. I have a family member who has probably killed the proverbial trailer load of deer with a .222 but then he understands the round's limitations and used it accordingly. There are better rounds for sure.

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from ja_demko wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

No doubt it can be used with success. Huge numbers of deer are poached with the lowly .22lr every year and the .223 is a powerhouse by comparison. It wouldn't be my first choice, though. If you want something with light recoil and a flat trajectory, the .243 is very user-friendly from most platforms and is better suited to deer-sized game.

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from JamesD wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

In your state it's illegal to hunt deer with a rim fire under .25cal. A 5.56mm is a .223cal and your hunting regulations don't say anything about center fire cartridges under .25cal. With that being said a 5.56mm is a great cartridge for predators but a little light in my opinion for deer. If your a good marksman a .243cal would be more adequate. If you're looking for something under .30cal for deer hunting the .25-06, .270 and .280 calibers are better suited. Think of it this way if you were to get only one shot at a huge buck in your lifetime what caliber firearm would you feel the most confident in taking that deer with. Good hunting.

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from wildcaller11 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

a good shot is in order to shood deer with a .223. my brother used our colt ar 15 his 1st year of hunting, and the spike horn he shot dropped dead as any other deer shot right, the key is pracice.

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from whitetailfreek wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

My opinion, it is way too light. I would only advise using a .223 Remington for younger children, using a quality bullet made for larger game. I would also keep my shots within 100 yards.

If you want an AR platform to use for deer hunting, I would step it up to a 6.8 SPC, .243 Winchester, or .308 Winchester. Much better ballistic performance.

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from junkyarddog wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

Thank you all for your in put.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

In WV it is legal to hunt with any centerfire cartridge. My Son and my son-in-law both have .223's and both have success with their .223's. Neither has crippled a deer with their rifle. You have to pick your shot and don't just shoot for hair. I think that people with big guns think that all they have to do is just shoot for hair and it will do the job. They didn't take it from me I shoot a 300WSM.

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from wp wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

The main problem is with bullet selection. Most .223/5.56 rounds are designed for varmints, targets, predators, or people. They expand too rapidly or not at all. If you can find a suitable projectile and pick your shots carefully you should have no problems. That being said, there are better choices offered in the AR platform that were mentioned above.

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

Wouldn't use it myself

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from DesertWalker wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

although I think that the round is of solid quality I would not use it for deer hunting, as it was stated earlier the shot must be more perfect than with other calibers.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

I personally wouldn't do it unless it was all I had and I was highly proficient with it and patient enough to pick my shots. I have a family member who has probably killed the proverbial trailer load of deer with a .222 but then he understands the round's limitations and used it accordingly. There are better rounds for sure.

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from ja_demko wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

No doubt it can be used with success. Huge numbers of deer are poached with the lowly .22lr every year and the .223 is a powerhouse by comparison. It wouldn't be my first choice, though. If you want something with light recoil and a flat trajectory, the .243 is very user-friendly from most platforms and is better suited to deer-sized game.

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