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effective killing range with AR-15

i have a .223 / 5.56 dpms 16 inch with a 1:9 twist. i am going to try and find a factory load for hunting deer and boar in South Carolina this November.

for those of you who have hunted with one before, what is the effective killing range. i can shoot and hit out to 300 yards with my 30-06 and have killed deer at just a tad under 300 yards with the 06.

i want them close as possible of course but just in case.

so, i do my part with accuracy, how far?

what grain, type of bullet?

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Re: effective killing range with AR-15

I would go with Barnes TSX bullet. Since you have a 1:9 twist, I'd say get the 55 or 62gr TSX.

Bonded bullets are great for hunting/SD. Those Federal Fusions should do the trick on hogs as well.

I used a knife when I went pig hunting, but if I was using a rifle, I'd be using 300BO with Lehigh Defense ME or CF bullets as I would be hunting suppressed and subsonic loads.
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any idea on the effective killing distance if i do my part?

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Re: effective killing range with AR-15

just heard back from Barnes bullets. they suggested the 62 grain TSX also.

effective range according to them, out of my 16 inch barrel @ 2900 fps (their figure) would be 265 yards with minimal expansion at 325 yards.

i plan on 150 yards or closer, closer is better, but you just never know.

SO...Barnes vor-tex TSX it is.

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^^^great bullet!
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Re: effective killing range with AR-15

You might also consider the 60gr Nosler partition , they seem to be very accurate out of my 16" ,, 1 in 9 twist dpms Bbl.

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I dug a 223 hollowpoint out of the plate of a 200lb boar i killed. The bullet had to be there a while as the skin over the plate was a hard bump. My 180gr ttsx dropped him at 70yds. On a big boar i would not shoot at vitals with a 223, id shoot for head. Smaller hogs and sows maybe but depending on terrain they are hard to track. GON.COM forum has a lot of talk about small calibers on hogs
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Re: effective killing range with AR-15

I use the barnes 50gr tsx reloads in my 22-250. They shoot like a dream. Very nice tight groups at 100 yards. I haven't had a chance to use them on any game yet. But I'll be heading down to North Carolina for some deer hunting and plan on using them this season. I'll let you know how they fair.
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