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Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by jetsfan-24, Oct 9, 2010.
which is better federal 55 grain barnes tsx or federal 60 grain nosler partition ?
I think either load would be okay for shooting deer as long as you hit them in a vital. I'm more partial to the Nosler Partition. Another option is winchester power points in 64 grains. They are used by a few hunters for deer. Esox357.
Those are not legal in my neck of the woods. .30 caliber and up for large game.
in maryland they are legal it,s four my 11 year old little girl i,ll back her up with my 257 weartherby mag lol
That wasn't the question asked. Please read the question, then respond. If you don't have a proper response, don't respond.
Amigo, I will give you the same answer here, as I gave you over on the 'hunting and camping forum.'
Probably won't like my answer but use something other than the 223.
If you load your own Siera makes a 65 grain Boat Tail Spitzer. That is my plan for this year.
Jesus Mary and Joseph,
Someone didnt get enough sleep.
Like they said above a well placed shot in a vital area should do the trick I would gowith the heavier round though. I am gearing up for my deer hunting trip in a few more weeks. My Marlin Guide gun in 45/70 will be joining me. Good luck to you Sir
Personally think the Barnes is the better bullet for this application, but as I haven't yet hunted with the .22 cal TSX I don't have personal experience to back this up. This bullet in all weights of .22 cal gets awesome reviews. Check out what hunters in your situation have to say about the .22cal 53gr TSX:
However as stated above, placing that shot where it needs to go will be the most important.
Have not used the 2 bullets you mentioned but have used the 64gr Winchester Power Point and had decent performance against deer.
that's weird. where do you live? the only places i've ever heard of that wouldn't let you hunt deer with a .270 are place's that are shotgun only.
Either bullet will get the job done. Use the one the rifle shoots best. I have a friend whos daughter uses a TC Contender in .223 with the 60 grain NP's. She has no problem taking deer cleanly with it.
Four deer is a lot to ask of any one bullet.
A buddy of mine has a older NEF Handi rifle in .223
Turns out they offered the older ones in a certain twist rate and changed to a newer rate a couple years back. The older twist would not stabilize a bullet over 55grain.
His tight groups with the 55 went to "deer sized groups" with the 75grain factory loads he found.
I don't know if the later rate of twist barrels shoot the smallest of .22 caliber bullets well or not, check out your rifles rate of twist before you spend your money.
A 75gr Swift Scirroco II would be a good one as well if ur barrel has a faster twist. Don't forget Berger bullets, a Hornady 75gr BTHP would probably work also.
Whichever is more accurate would be my first suggestion. If there's no discernable difference in that dept then I'd lean just a bit towards the TSX.
I've taken 6 deer with 6 rounds of .223. Furthest shot was about 100 yards. Most much much closer. It worked like a charm. However, the hunter must approach it like a handgun hunter or archer. Precision.
Loadings with the 60 grain Nosler Partition are very good. I took a small buck with one of these and recovered the slug. Approx 17 inches of penetration. Very large wound channel. Deer dropped in it's tracks.
I've taken two with the 77 grain OTM load from Black Hills and both of those deer dropped in their tracks. One good sized buck hit at the shoulder/neck juncture at 40 feet and a doe in the neck at about 60 yards.
.223 is up to it, if the hunter is.
Yep I'd go with the Horn. 75 gr HPBT if your rifle has 1:8 twist or faster! I get 2787fps out of my AR 20" upper with them which gives you over 1000 ft/lbs out to 125 yards! Which everyone one says is minimum energy required! Shot placement as always is the key! Good luck and have fun!
I would go with the Nosler Part. load myself.
I've done test with the Silver Bear 62gr SP and the Golden Bear 62gr HP with good results and I feel they would work ok on small to medium size deer at less than 100yds.
I shot a 7-point yesterday with my muzzelloader. I used a 50cal 295gr PowerBelt and with a 65yd broadside shot he only dropped and never even kicked. A nice clean kill.