White Tail Hunting with 5.56

User avatar
BigJesse
Site Admin
Posts: 2654
Joined: Fri May 03, 2013 9:51 pm
Location: Copperas Cove, Tx
Contact:

White Tail Hunting with 5.56

Post by BigJesse »

I'm gonna try my hand at white tail hunting this fall but the only rifle I have is a AR I built a few years back. I've put a low power variable zoom optic on it (1-6) to replace my red dot. I'm confident in my aim but I've read mixed results about using 5.56 for deer.

Do any of you have experience hunting with 5.56?
If so is it suitable?
Do you suggest a certain grain or specific round?

I'm not going to be buying another rifle anytime soon and don't want to borrow one for anyone. Also, I'm kinda just have my heart set on using my AR. Spent all this money on it I'd like to get all the use out of it as possible.
2021 - 13 Nights Under The Stars
Personal Best: 17 Nights (2019)

Image
Texas Bushcraft's YouTube, Texas Bushcraft's Facebook
jeffro
Camp Curmudgeon Chief Chef
Posts: 1414
Joined: Mon May 27, 2013 8:59 am
Location: Georgetown, Texas

Re: White Tail Hunting with 5.56

Post by jeffro »

First deer I killed was done in with a .222 Remington. Use well placed shots at reasonable distance and you will do fine. As far as ammunition goes, be sure and use a soft point bullet not full metal jacket rounds. Use the heaviest bullet for the twist of your barrel, I don't have a 556 so I can't speculate but information can be found on the internet. After you have decided on a round re-zero with that ammo so buy enough to sight in and hunt with. Good luck and don't forget to take a sharp knife with you.
Conjugus non unum
jeffro
Camp Curmudgeon Chief Chef
Posts: 1414
Joined: Mon May 27, 2013 8:59 am
Location: Georgetown, Texas

Re: White Tail Hunting with 5.56

Post by jeffro »

Jesse, what is the barrel length and the twist rate on your rifle?
Conjugus non unum
User avatar
BigJesse
Site Admin
Posts: 2654
Joined: Fri May 03, 2013 9:51 pm
Location: Copperas Cove, Tx
Contact:

Re: White Tail Hunting with 5.56

Post by BigJesse »

jeffro wrote:Jesse, what is the barrel length and the twist rate on your rifle?
16" 1:7 twist.
I'm hearing good things about Remington HyperSonic 62gr Bonded but I'll take a look at any suggestions.




2021 - 13 Nights Under The Stars
Personal Best: 17 Nights (2019)

Image
Texas Bushcraft's YouTube, Texas Bushcraft's Facebook
jeffro
Camp Curmudgeon Chief Chef
Posts: 1414
Joined: Mon May 27, 2013 8:59 am
Location: Georgetown, Texas

Re: White Tail Hunting with 5.56

Post by jeffro »

Everything I have read tells me that your barrel should perform well with any 70-77 grain bullet. Longer twist, lighter bullet. Tighter twist heavier bullet. The heavier bullet will be a little slower but it will be carrying more energy. With less speed the larger bullet will be stopped by the target instead of the lighter faster bullet passing through the target therefore the larger bullet will transfer more or all of it's energy to the target and that transfer of energy translates into hydrostatic shock and the target being 90% water hydrostatic shock is what does the damage. Here endeth the lesson.
Conjugus non unum
User avatar
Aporia
Fair Weather Camper
Posts: 23
Joined: Thu May 10, 2018 11:31 pm
Location: DFW

Re: White Tail Hunting with 5.56

Post by Aporia »

I took my only doe last season using 223 federal fusion MSR 62gr out of an 18" 1:8 twist barrel. It was a quartering-to shot and I still had complete passthrough and gelled vitals at 60 yds.

Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk

User avatar
BigJesse
Site Admin
Posts: 2654
Joined: Fri May 03, 2013 9:51 pm
Location: Copperas Cove, Tx
Contact:

Re: White Tail Hunting with 5.56

Post by BigJesse »

I ended up getting the Federal Fusion 62gr. Its seems a very popular round for exactly what I'm doing, figure all those people cant be wrong. I don't expect to take any shots more than 100y, 150 at most.
I took a couple boxes to the range today and didn't have to do much adjustment at all going from my 55gr target rounds. Just some windage that I didn't get dialed in after initially getting the LPVO.
It's quite the difference going from a relatively cheap target round to a purpose built round. I was getting much tighter groupings, averaging 3" at 100y.
I'm excited for deer season and look forward to posting a picture with my first successful hunt, hopefully with my son.
Thanks for the help. I'll keep you all posted as always.
2021 - 13 Nights Under The Stars
Personal Best: 17 Nights (2019)

Image
Texas Bushcraft's YouTube, Texas Bushcraft's Facebook
jeffro
Camp Curmudgeon Chief Chef
Posts: 1414
Joined: Mon May 27, 2013 8:59 am
Location: Georgetown, Texas

Re: White Tail Hunting with 5.56

Post by jeffro »

Remember, hunting is fun until you pull the trigger then it becomes work.
Conjugus non unum
User avatar
BigJesse
Site Admin
Posts: 2654
Joined: Fri May 03, 2013 9:51 pm
Location: Copperas Cove, Tx
Contact:

Re: White Tail Hunting with 5.56

Post by BigJesse »

A good friend of mine manages a 3000+ acre ranch here in Central Texas that has MLDP tags. He needs 30 plus does taken out and asked if we like to take a couple. Obviously we said yes.
Unfortunately the wind wasn't in my favor for my blind but that's okay. I have plenty of time to try again.

It ain't my kill but it was my rifle which puts to rest the whole "5.56/.223 is too small for deer" debate.
100 yard shot, double lung+top of the heart shot. A great shot from my buddy James. She ran no more than 60yards. Luckily she didn't make it to the brush because there was barely any blood trial which is one of the downsides to .223.
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
James took the 5.56 and I took my 300BLK to the range a few days ago and were happy with the results which just helps with confidence.
Image

2021 - 13 Nights Under The Stars
Personal Best: 17 Nights (2019)

Image
Texas Bushcraft's YouTube, Texas Bushcraft's Facebook
jeffro
Camp Curmudgeon Chief Chef
Posts: 1414
Joined: Mon May 27, 2013 8:59 am
Location: Georgetown, Texas

Re: White Tail Hunting with 5.56

Post by jeffro »

That is how to get it done,way to go James.
Conjugus non unum
Post Reply