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Old March 19th, 2017, 08:46 PM   #16
 
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A guy told me once he was using the Hornady 75 Grain hollow point factory ammo for all his deer hunting. You know how that goes. My 45-70 with the Hornady 300 grain flat not hollow point...ok it is an oxymoron but it's what Hornady labels it, goes all the way through and deer don't go far, if anywhere.



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The 5.56 version of the Ranch Rifle would be adequate for hitting targets at the ranges you've indicated. However, I have no idea if .556 or most like .223 is and adequate round for deer as my state of residence does not permit the use of center fired rifles for deer hunting.

What I can say is that you should probably research .223 caliber. A rifle chamber for 5.56 can shoot both cartridges. HOWEVER, it has been my observation that it is almost impossible to find hollow points chambered in 5.56 but hollow points are very readily available in .223.
As I understand it, Ohio now allows certain center fire rifles for deer hunting. The 357, 44, 45-70 and other straight wall cartridges are now legal.
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As I understand it, Ohio now allows certain center fire rifles for deer hunting. The 357, 44, 45-70 and other straight wall cartridges are now legal.
I stand corrected. Yes, this is true, they do permit these. For years it was slug guns and handguns of a certain caliber and above. Which reminds me, I need to seriously look into getting one of them full sized Ruger .44 magnums, thanks for giving me an excuse to buy another gun lol

Either way, least I hijack the OP's thread, I've only seen one or two ammo makers sell hollow points in 5.56 so you'd do well to research .223 if that's your ammo of choice.
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Here's my thoughts on the subject of 5.56 vs. 300 vs. 450 for deer hunting.

The .223 is a varmint cartridge, not a deer cartridge. It lacks the momentum necessary for a clean kill on deer size game. I opine that there will be a lot of disagreement on this but take my word for it. This is a varmint caliber. Ammo cost starts at 20 per round.

The 300 BLK offers .30 caliber bullets from 125 to 220 grains. Its performance is similar to the 7.62x39 which is similar to the 30-30 so it seems to make a lot of sense that this would be a near perfect deer hunting caliber. The ultra high Sectional Density (0.33) of the subsonic 220 grain rounds seems to me to be a near perfect cartridge for big boar hunting. Ammo cost starts at about 42 a round. (7.62x39 ammo starts at 20 per round.)

The 450 Bushmaster seems similar in ballistics to a 444 Marlin. Just saying. Plenty of stopping power but probably not as much fun to shoot in terms of recoil and cost.

What about considering a Ruger American Compact in, say .243 Win or 7mm-08?

Of the three you considered, I'd recommend the 300 BLK.
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The 5.56 is not legal for deer in Colorado, so if you're coming this way, get a bigger gun. However, I have the American Ranch Rifle in 5.56, and enjoy shooting it at prairie dogs and targets. It's a nice rifle, amd fun to shoot. The .450 is kind of an oddball, as far as finding ammo for it, but the .300 is everywhere, and may be your best bet.

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