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.
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
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.