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#3107349 - 01/03/13 09:30 AM .22 cal deer bullet.
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What are you guys using?
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#3107416 - 01/03/13 10:25 AM Re: .22 cal deer bullet. [Re: Rockhound]
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I did some research on heavier .223's because i wanted a multi purpose bullet for deer & coyotes and something that could run out to 500yrds on steel if i wanted. I settled on Nosler 77gr OTM's. But others that were in the running were Hornaday 75gr TAP, Barnes 70gr TSX & Sierra 77gr SMK w/cannalur. My specific rifle will push the Noslers @2900FPS and carry 900ftlbs/energy out to 200 yards, although i would limit deer to 100 and under with a perfect shot opportunity. Here is one of the articles i use for my decision:

http://ammo.ar15.com/project/Ballistic_Gel_Experiments/BTAmmoLabsTest5/Test5.htm

Here is pic of mild steel target (6") at 200 yards
Stevens 200 / .223 - 22"barrel - 2900fps

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#3107437 - 01/03/13 10:53 AM Re: .22 cal deer bullet. [Re: Mid]
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Have you ever messed with the 70 gr. Vld?
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#3107495 - 01/03/13 11:32 AM Re: .22 cal deer bullet. [Re: Rockhound]
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No...I cant find the article but one of the reasons i did not was the VLD like the SMK's in that they have a little thicker jacket. the TAP and Noslers have a thinner jacket which aids in expansion and frangibility(sp) which in turn translates into better terminal ballistics on soft targets. If I remember correctly the trick was to load them short of maximum velocity which would allow the bullet to expand/explode creating a devestating wound channel. I took a doe this year with the noslers at 82yards(per LRF) and can say the damage was impressive...1" above shoulder, hit rib and exploded - both lungs and heart were jelly, she ran dead for 20 yards or so then tipped over. 2 small exit wounds and i was able to recover 28grs +\- of fragments. Not saying that the VLD's wont do the job, lot of folks use them with success, I just did a LOT of reading and tried a few, found my rig liked the Noslers, so took it out with specific intention of trying in on a smallish doe. BTW took hot rod .243 along with incase a big boy stepped out...I wasnt going to be "undergunned" either \:\)
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#3107843 - 01/03/13 03:41 PM Re: .22 cal deer bullet. [Re: Mid]
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I use the 65 gr Sierra Game King SBT and 25 grs Varget at 3,000 fps and it just flattens whitetails,
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#3108080 - 01/03/13 06:21 PM Re: .22 cal deer bullet. [Re: mr.big]
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Nosler 50 or 55 gr Btip or the 60 gr. Partition . At 212 yds. 50 gr. Btip will hammer a deer.
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#3108147 - 01/03/13 07:10 PM Re: .22 cal deer bullet. [Re: jeff ll]
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#3108268 - 01/03/13 08:18 PM Re: .22 cal deer bullet. [Re: Deer Assassin]
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I've used the 70 vld with varget and liked the results. Killed deer from 50 yards out to 300. Under 100 the bullet didn't exit all others had a golfball size exit wound. Barrel was a 1/8 twist.
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#3108397 - 01/03/13 09:12 PM Re: .22 cal deer bullet. [Re: RecurveShooter]
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This is in an AR with 1:8 twist
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#3108442 - 01/03/13 09:34 PM Re: .22 cal deer bullet. [Re: Rockhound]
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1:8 be fine with everything mentioned...your only limits will be having to load them "mag length".
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#3108542 - 01/03/13 10:49 PM Re: .22 cal deer bullet. [Re: mr.big]
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 Originally Posted By: mr.big
I use the 65 gr Sierra Game King SBT and 25 grs Varget at 3,000 fps and it just flattens whitetails,


Sounds right to me.
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