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Old 11-06-2020, 03:46 AM   #1
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.223 vs 5.56 which is best for Hunting

When we talk about .223 and 5.56 both are identical in shape. In fact, we can load a .223 in a 5.56 chamber and both cartridges are widely used in AR guns. So the question is. Is it possible to hunt big games like a Bear or Deer in any of these cartridges or? Is there any specific AR 15 build for Hunting purpose?
 
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Old 11-06-2020, 05:15 AM   #2
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You’re more likely to find the better hunting-oriented bullets in 223 than 556, but the 556 has slightly more power. My choice is 223; I've taken game up to deer with it, but that’s with careful ammo choice and our deer aren’t particularly large to begin with. For the most versatile results, I’d look at a gun with a 223 Wylde chamber. It can safely use 556, but generally gives a little better accuracy with 223 than a gun with a 556 chamber.

That said, the 223 or 556 would be among my last choices for bear.
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.30/06 or 12 Gauge.
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Old 11-07-2020, 08:17 AM   #4
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Given the wide variety of calibers (10+) that shoot a .308" diameter bullet, you would have a wider variety of choices to be used for hunting large game. A skilled marksman, with practice can easily take down a large game animal like a deer or elk out to at least 500 yards (minimum). Plus there are many AR variants that work with .308" diameter projectiles. As for bullet choice is you reload you have 60+ different projectiles to choose from.
 
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most black bears are under 200 lbs, especially in the spring. since they are either treed by dogs or taken over bait, the ranges are very short. A 223 softpoint to the brain will drop them like rocks and at the sub 25m ranges we're talking here, it's a piece of cake. It's more like "braced position pocket 9mm" stuff than rifle stuff. Just be aware of how low an AR hits at ranges under 20m and how high anima's brains sit in their heads. It's well above a line on the side of their heads, drawn from eyeball to ear hole.
 
Old 11-10-2020, 09:33 AM   #6
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most black bears are under 200 lbs, especially in the spring. since they are either treed by dogs or taken over bait, the ranges are very short. A 223 softpoint to the brain will drop them like rocks and at the sub 25m ranges we're talking here, it's a piece of cake. It's more like "braced position pocket 9mm" stuff than rifle stuff. Just be aware of how low an AR hits at ranges under 20m and how high anima's brains sit in their heads. It's well above a line on the side of their heads, drawn from eyeball to ear hole.
Once you have done it, please get back to us with pictures.
 
Old 11-10-2020, 01:25 PM   #7
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"Done it" is not an option. This is much like the pontifications of your typical TV evangelist; all talk and no walk.

I've never taken a bear, and am okay with admitting that it inherently makes me a non-expert on the subject.
 
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