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#5726418 - 10/19/11 04:28 AM Best performing .223 factory ammo for deer?
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Looking at the "standard" bullet offerings to try in addition to the Nosler 60-grain Partition. Which one of the following has been the best factory .223 ammo for deer in your experience?

Fusion 62 gr
Winchester 64 gr Power Point
Federal Power Shok 64 gr SP (listed as a medium game load on Federal's website)

Is there any factory .223 deer ammo I'm missing on my list besides the Barnes TSX?

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#5727392 - 10/19/11 09:44 AM Re: Best performing .223 factory ammo for deer? [Re: Ramblin_Razorback]
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Federal Premium makes the .223 with a 60gr. Nosler partition

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#5727935 - 10/19/11 12:13 PM Re: Best performing .223 factory ammo for deer? [Re: Sandman1]
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You're right. I was looking to order one of the cup-and-core options that was also a proven performer in case the Federal Nosler Partition load didn't shoot well in the particular gun.

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#5729819 - 10/20/11 03:51 AM Re: Best performing .223 factory ammo for deer? [Re: Ramblin_Razorback]
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My daughter toppled 2 mulies with my heavy barrel Savage in .223 shooting Winchester 64 grain ammo. 100% penetration each time shooting broadside through the chest organs. Great performance ammo!

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#5730688 - 10/20/11 09:06 AM Re: Best performing .223 factory ammo for deer? [Re: Ramblin_Razorback]
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Ramblin_Razorback: I have some extensive firsthand observations regarding a SUPERB 223 Remington factory offering for Deer/Antelope and on one Mt.Goat!
This factory offering is the Remington 55 grain PSP (Pointed Soft Point) cartridge.
I have seen this round kill NUMEROUS Mule Deer, Whitetailed Deer and Antelope literally in their tracks!
This includes a 31" (very mature) Mule Deer Buck killed with one shot!
It appears your interpretation/conception of lethality is premised solely upon bullet weight - it's not.
Lethality is premised upon a well placed shot and the proper transfer of a proper bullets energy (explosive or shocking power) inside the vital heart/lungs area of said game!
I have a friend here in SW Montana that for some reason has been killing Deer with his 204 Ruger and 40 grain bullets for several years now - again no secret just well placed bullets and a complete transfer of all the bullets energy in the vital area of the Deer.
Don't overlook the 55 grain offerings in the factory 223 Remington ammo - they work very well indeed!
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#5730771 - 10/20/11 09:29 AM Re: Best performing .223 factory ammo for deer? [Re: VarmintGuy]
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Varmint Guy - Thanks for the input. I wasn't making any judgment on bullet weight - I was just listing the loads marketed by major ammo companies as being intended for deer. As far as I know, Remington doesn't market any of their .223 ammo for deer, but it is good to know that the Rem 55 gr PSP works in that application. I know others on the Campfire have remarked how their 55 grain handloaded Hornady .223 rounds have performed well on deer-sized game, so I don't doubt that some 55-grain bullets work for the task.

How does the 55-grain PSP hold up through shoulders, or is it a strictly through the ribs proposition?

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#5733443 - 10/20/11 11:41 PM Re: Best performing .223 factory ammo for deer? [Re: Ramblin_Razorback]
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Don't forget about the Sierra 63 gr SP. It's a great deer bullet.
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#5733541 - 10/21/11 04:23 AM Re: Best performing .223 factory ammo for deer? [Re: Patrick_James]
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Patrick - Does anyone load the Sierra in factory ammo?

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#5733832 - 10/21/11 06:25 AM Re: Best performing .223 factory ammo for deer? [Re: Ramblin_Razorback]
iblong Offline
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In hand loaded ammo a Barnes tsx in any weight is a very good option,twist will determine the grain of the bullet.


Edited by iblong (10/21/11 06:25 AM)

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#5736474 - 10/21/11 10:33 PM Re: Best performing .223 factory ammo for deer? [Re: iblong]
SpencerSS Offline
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Fed 55TSX is the best. the 60NP ain't bad though
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