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5.56 Hog and Deer Rounds

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by TattooedGlock, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. TattooedGlock

    TattooedGlock NRA LIFE MEMBER

    Jun 21, 2006
    South Texas
    This is not a debate if the 5.56 can take hogs and deer. It can, it will, and I have; and it's legal here in Texas.

    I'm just curious to hear from folks who have also hunted with thier 5.56 and what rounds they seem to like the best. I've used Green Tips, Black Hills and Winchester Boar rounds in the past but am always looking for something new and improved. I've read some good thing about Hornady's Nosler Partition Deer round.

    Thoughts and photos always appreciated!
  2. WoodenPlank

    WoodenPlank Who?

    May 15, 2010
    NW Florida
    Nosler Partition has a good reputation, same with the Barnes TSX loads. I'd imagine that Mk. 262 would do well, also.

    Green Tip is the LAST thing I would use on any wild game.

  3. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

    Mar 13, 2001
    Not a chance
    Federal tactical Bonded softpoint .223 62 grain...

    It holds up through gristle and bone.
  4. Beware Owner

    Beware Owner NOT a victim.

    Oct 16, 2007
    Up to what size deer would you take with a 5.56?
  5. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    More a function of load, platform, and distance than deer size.

    I've heard some locals saying the 62gr Fusion out of a 20" barrel does great out to 200 yards, so I'm gonna give it a try this season.

    The 70gr TSX also gets fantastic reviews, but it's not available locally and I'm not paying shipping for just a couple boxes.
  6. ezdaar


    Jun 10, 2012
    With 5.56, Shot placement is only thing you need to know.
    Don't recall the brand or type my buddy used. but he took a 150Y shot on a doe. Hit her left shoulder blade, Blew it to ****. but she still ran 300 yards.

    We found her 6 hours later ALIVE and kicking.
  7. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    Sounds like a terrible shot.
  8. ezdaar


    Jun 10, 2012
    nah, it was a great shot, his timing was off, and she stepped forward.if she hadn't stepped forward, he would have blown he heart to shreds.
  9. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Head shots,..........
  10. bmoore


    Jan 15, 2006
    Under a regime.
    I would run a 62grn pointed soft point like a core lokt or similar, or the 77grn offerings.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2012
  11. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    So, it was a bad shot. That's fine, we all make 'em. Can't blame the round.
  12. WinterWizard


    Jan 17, 2012
    That's what he meant, that the shot did NOT hit the vitals. Can't blame the caliber or round for that.
  13. K. Foster

    K. Foster

    Feb 19, 2002
    The heaviest soft point you can find.
  14. My experience on hogs with 62 gr Winchester was disappointing.

    Biggest problem is little bullets that dont exit big hogs leave no blood trail to follow.

    The 6.5 sweede worked much better.

    On our tiny va deer the .223 would probably be fine if it were legal.

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  15. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

    May 24, 2000
  16. bikerdog


    Feb 11, 2009
    64 grain federal tbbc works well on deer never tried it on hogs but would imagine it would work well.

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  17. Travclem

    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Lubbock, TX
    64gr fusion and 70gr TSX handload on things I eat(deer), Hornady 75gr OTM handload on things I don.t(Hogs). Both do the job well.
  18. cyphertext


    Jan 6, 2004
    Haven't taken deer with the AR, but 62gr Silver Bear hollow point worked fine for me on hogs. No need to spend big money on bullets for those critters.
  19. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    Louisville KY
    I've shot a fair number of deer size game with Nosler partitions in various calibers and platforms. They have almost universally performed the same way. Complete penetration on classic heart/lung shots. About 15-18" penetration on more oblique shots with bones in the way.

    In the few instances where I managed to recover the bullets they all expanded to about 150% of their original diameter and they all universally shed their front core and retained ~60% of their original weight. I don't consider that a failure BTW. Some people will. After all I had to recover the animal to find those bullets!

    Having said that, in a 5.56 you simply need as much mass as possible. You really don't want fragmenting bullets. Its not that fragmenting bullets can't kill deer well when they are hit perfectly. They can and will. However hunting will not always present those perfect opportunities and sometime things that appear perfect when the trigger broke go to hell when you hit a branch or the animal takes a half a step etc. So you want a bullet than CAN break shoulders and femurs and keep going.

    Deer are not hard to kill at the end of the day.

    I don't hunt them with a 5.56 but don't judge you if you do. If I did I'd probably use a solid copper bullet like a Barnes TSX or TTX in the heavier weights (60-80 grains) and I'd keep my shots to under 200 yards particularly if you have a 16" or shorter barrel.
  20. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

    Jan 20, 2004
    Alaska, again (for now)

    5.56 will cleanly take caribou with a good heart/lung shot, even penetrating both shoulders, or a shoulder and spine.

    It will certainly take any size, or breed of deer you're likely to encounter, so long as you place the round in the vitals.

    I'd pick a heavy load like the 62-70 grain TSX and run with it.