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4 years 39 weeks ago, 9:00 PM

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I just picked up a box of this remington epress rifle ammo. 55gr PSP rounds, guy said it should be good for deer around here,(didnt wanna spend $30+ for the silver tips). What do yall think, I know Im late asking, but Ill be leaving the house at 0500 to head for the camp..maybe get a response by then? Should I be good using this on some white tail? Im bringing my bow just in case, I dont have any ammo for my savage....its .250 and you cant find that at stores :(. Well see ya on the other side.

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4 years 39 weeks ago, 9:42 PM

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shot placement is always the key thing in any caliber...

I wouldn't reach out for one with it, but within 100 yards it should it should be fine. You need to make sure there isn't any restriction against using 223 in your state though.

The round is traveling over 3000fps coming out the barrel and it will expand very quickly upon impact. There are guys knocking done huge Hog's with it down here in FL.

Just don't take the shot unless your clear and spot on.

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4 years 39 weeks ago, 4:03 AM

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yea I live in FL, we can use anything but rimfire guns for deer. lol

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4 years 39 weeks ago, 8:49 AM

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Most 55gr JSPs, regardless of manufacture, are designed for very small game and typically lack adequate penetration for whitetail, humans, etc. The 55gr Winchester Silvertip does not perform much (if any) better...still a 'varmint' bullet and does not penetrate well at all.

They will typically 'blow up', lacking bonding or a jacket thick enough to ensure the efficient, moderated expansion one would see in a .30-30 150gr JSP, etc. If the bullet doesn't reach the vitals you could be tracking/losing an animal instead of preparing tasty venison burgers.

The only exceptions in that weight I can think of the are: the Federal Bonded Tactical 55gr JSP, which performs better than most 55gr .223 loads. It still sucks hind tit to the heavier stuff in that caliber.... The 53/55gr solid copper Barnes HPs (loaded by CorBon and others) hold up pretty well (the petals sometimes break off the bullet). ....I'm waiting on some of the Hornady 55gr GMX for testing; it should be at least a little better than most 55gr expanding stuff.

For OTC .223 whitetail hunting ammo, I'd choose the 62gr Federal Fusion (same bullet-makins as the Gold Dot basically). The vanilla 64gr JSP from Winchester and Federal also works better than their 55gr stuff.

4 years 39 weeks ago, 9:57 PM

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For the most part Florida Deer are small game. seriously...

North Florida has White Tail around, but not too far south and your getting into Marsh Deer / Key Deer which are not much bigger than a Large Dog.

"Whitetails tend to be larger in the northern states. An adult white-tail buck (male) from northern states may exceed 136kg (300lbs) and stand 100cm (40in) at the shoulder; a typical adult buck from Florida weighs about 56kg (125lbs) and the average adult female (doe) weighs about 43kg (95 lbs). Adult Florida deer are about 90cm (36in) tall. Deer raised in the south tend to be smallest of all: the Florida Key deer is one of the smallest of all 30 subspecies of white-tailed deer. They typically weigh less than 39kg (80lbs) with a shoulder height of about 70cm (27in). Only the Coiba Island white-tail (O. v. rothschildi) , which occurs off the Pacific Coast of Panama, is smaller."
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw121

So, yeah, it will work on the Deer in Florida, but it's a personal call... I wouldn't use it myself, but I've the 30.30 and plenty of ammo, which could be over kill on some of the Deer here.

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4 years 39 weeks ago, 11:46 AM

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small or not... I would feel more comfortable with 69 gr or heavier with a minimum of 1000+ ft lbs of energy

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4 years 39 weeks ago, 4:53 PM

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damn yall, lol. I dont have any .250 for my savage, and 55gr is all they carry around here. So this will have to do for now, I will let you know what happens, yesterday I didnt see anything, but where Im in my blind its no more that 100yds, most likely itll be 50yd max....unless they come from this one draw...Ive got five to make it work, so wish me like in the A.M, lol. Ive only got iron sights to Im not gonna try and shoot very far, Im lookin for a 1shot kill baby.

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4 years 39 weeks ago, 5:57 PM

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4 years 39 weeks ago, 4:54 PM

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Also the biggest out on the property that has been seen is an 8pt. prolly maxing at 150pds...so we shall see what I can see in the morning.

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4 years 39 weeks ago, 8:39 AM

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One of my commanders here used a single-shot .223 for whitetail for a couple seasons, 20" barrel 1/9 twist. He favored neck shots using the light caliber, but still lost a couple of them after doing so. If memory serves he was using ammo designed for 1/7 though?

Daily, I had a chance to shoot the 150gr Ballistic Silvertip in .30-30 a few wks back, and it was one of the softest shooting and most accurate thutty-thutty loads I've fired. If it performs on game as advertised it would be a great choice....I just wish Winchester's Combined/ST/etc loads weren't so pricey at retail stores. Nice rounded synthetic tip, you should be able to throw it near a chamber and have it feed.

4 years 38 weeks ago, 1:13 AM

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But they get big here in MO, so I decided against it. My wife let my buy a Remington 700 in 7mm Mag. That'll do, but I only got it in time to break in the barrel, zero, and hunt for the last two days of firearm season and in my county, there's an antler restriction, so that little four pointer was lucky. That's okay, muzzleloader season is coming up and archery season is still open, so I'll kill something. probably go see if I can stick a doe tomorrow out back. It's ridiculous. I have a whopping five acres and I ended up with seven different deer and turkey landowner tags, in addition to the tags I bought for hunting on forestry service land.

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4 years 38 weeks ago, 9:56 AM

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LOL. well I hope you get some, I still aint landed anything yet. Me and my buddy took a shot at a doe the other day, but the fever got both of us and I shot high haha, and he missed before I even got to shoot.Gonna go to walmart and see about getting one of them red dot scopes or something....anything is better than Irons I rekon..for distance and so on.

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