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Posted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:45 pm Post subject: Re: Hornady's new 70gr .223 GMX Bullet
Mike, you are absolutely right. A light constructed light bullet will do the job only if it is placed in the neck or the right spot in the head. It will not work for a body shot. That is the reason I prefer big bullets when hunting. I don't use head and neck shots like my brother, John, does but I did try it and can place my shots well enough to take that perfect shot. I just prefer not to.
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Joined: Dec 15, 2011 Posts: 52 Location: Newbrunswick
Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:48 pm Post subject: Re: Hornady's new 70gr .223 GMX Bullet
while out hunting with a friend he put 2 shots in the lungs of a deer at 75 yard with 55gr from his mini 14. Deer took off at a full run for about another 60 yards,he stopped and I hit him again in the lungs with a .280 he dropped in his tracks. Bother of Glenn's shots hit ribs and deflected. Not with the old .280 in one side out the other. My way of thinking is why are there so many different calibers? Every one has there own preference for both large game and small game. If someone thinks their skill level is good enough to hunt deer with a 223 who are we to say they shouldn't. Me varmint rifles are for varmints and the same with big game. Just my 2 cents worth
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Joined: May 16, 2009 Posts: 5296 Location: Fort Worth TX
Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:41 am Post subject: Re: Hornady's new 70gr .223 GMX Bullet
After seeing what a .270 Win with a 130gr bullet does to an elk, I am not hesitant to use a 60-70gr monolithic bullet on the small statured Texas deer at 100 yards.
I don't disagree with you MRFixIT. Contrary to what I said before, I did hesitate to use a .223 to hunt deer when I got invited to hunt on a small tree farm. The land owner wanted as many deer gone as possible but didn't want the deer running off his property to die. The field we hunted in was 200 yards long and 100 yards wide at the edge of his property. Without more room to track a deer down if it ran off after being shot, I left my .223 in the truck and carried my .270 Win with Hornady 130gr GMX bullets. The .270 has as much energy at 700 yards as the .223 does at 100 yards. The result was 3 deer dropped in the field boundary.
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Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:21 pm Post subject: Re: Hornady's new 70gr .223 GMX Bullet
A light constructed light bullet will do the job only if it is placed in the neck or the right spot in the head.
If I had carried my .223 with the Barnes 62gr TTSX bullets, I was only going to attempt neck shots. That was the only way I believe that the deer would drop in their tracks.
but then you don't need such an expensive bullet. In the ear or right under the head in the neck you can even do with a FMJ (if allowed). But when you're afraid of hitting something else in the neighbourhood, then use a varminterbullet. If that goes trough, the pieces that are leaving the animal cann't hurt anything else anymore.
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