.223 For Deer Hunting?
The AR-15 is one of the most popular rifle platforms of all time. It only stands to reason that its popularity would continue over into the hunting world.
That popularity has created a number of larger caliber choices for AR-15 rifles. Bullet diameters ranging from .223 all the way up to .450 are now readily available. Some of the most popular include the .300 Blackout, the .450 Bushmaster, and the 6.5 Grendel. Rifles and ammo for all of these calibers will do just fine on deer-sized game.
But what about the most popular caliber in the platform, the .223/5.56? With their adjustable stocks, light weight, and nearly non-existent recoil, AR-15s in the .223/5.56 caliber make the perfect gun for young or small-frame hunters. But is that caliber a legitimate choice for the deer hunter?
Today’s ammunition manufacturers, noting the increased popularity of AR rifles among hunters and have set out making the .223/5.56 a genuine deer cartridge. To make this happen, they have borrowed proven designs from other big game bullets and added innovative new features specific to the lightweight bullets found in the .223 to form a tough and reliable cartridge tailor made for deer hunting with the modern rifle platform.
These new premium hunting bullets have turned the .223/5.56 into a truly accurate deer hunting caliber. While shots should still be limited to ranges maxing out at around 100 yards (the small bullet just sheds too much energy beyond that range), hunters can now feel confident in taking their rifles afield during deer season.
Check out this video showing the effectiveness of the .223 caliber while deer hunting.
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