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303 HUNTER
09-08-2012, 11:09 AM
I am fairly new to the 6.8,and need some feedback on a handload for deer hunting. My rifle is a DPMS 16" SPC II, 1 in 11 twist. I have tried a few different hand loads,and my most accurate ones are the Hornady 110gr V Max,and 110gr BTHP with 29gr H322. What are your opinions on the V Max for hunting smaller southern whitetail? I have also heard the BTHP makes a decent deer load. Opinions?

Ratdog68
09-08-2012, 11:14 AM
With so many other great bullet choices available to the 6.8 caliber... I'd use another for deer and save the V Max for paper and small game. For deer... ProHunters, Accubonds, Barnes, SSTs would all be "more gooder" options.

HTR
09-08-2012, 12:41 PM
With so many other great bullet choices available to the 6.8 caliber... I'd use another for deer and save the V Max for paper and small game. For deer... ProHunters, Accubonds, Barnes, SSTs would all be "more gooder" options.

Good advice, with which I wholeheartedly agree.

Twisted10
09-08-2012, 01:34 PM
120gr SST.

TacticalGenius
09-09-2012, 08:43 AM
For your smaller, southern whitetails, a Vmax in 6.8 is fine. There is a guy in GA that hunts with his AK74 with the Vmax round and has pass-through shots on deer. So, if he is taking deer with one shot kills with a 60 gr Vmax from an AK74, a 6.8 110 gr Vmax should be just fine. Though, I agree with the others. It isn't the optimal deer round, 110 SPH and 120 SST being better and just as economical options, but if that is what your rifle likes, then you should use it. Good luck.

WVHunter1s1k
09-11-2012, 09:55 PM
Don't forget the Accubonds & TTSX. 95gr & up should do you fine.

Nathanj
09-11-2012, 10:17 PM
We have taken deer here in mid TN with Vmax (100-150 lb deer), using a 223 and 22-250. No exit wound but massive internal damage, not too much tracking either but as RatDogg said there are many other bullets avail that will work better. If those were my two choices I'd go with the BTHP.

colt100
09-12-2012, 03:50 AM
Use proven deer bullets. There is a ton of good loads out there for the 6.8 for deer. I personally like the 110 gr AB's. they work very well on the deer I have shot with them. You owe it to the animal to use the best bullets you can to make a clean kill.

TacticalGenius
09-12-2012, 09:14 AM
Here is link to ARfcom. A little over a third of the way down the page is a guy who took a deer with a 6.8 Vmax. (DK223), He is wearing an orange hat with a tree in the background. Looks like some pretty decent damage inflicted. http://www.ar15.com/mobile/topic.html?b=10&f=23&t=639038&page=3

Another link with the same results, see photo...
http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f84/6-8-spc-brown-fur-49820/

If you keep your distances within the the capabilities of the round and have well placed shots, you should be just fine...

onesix
09-12-2012, 02:12 PM
Anyone hunting deer with a 223 or 22/250 is in clear violation of the law and good sense. NC is the only State I know of that does not have a .25 cal limit on big game.

Ratdog68
09-12-2012, 02:20 PM
Anyone hunting deer with a 223 or 22/250 is in clear violation of the law and good sense. NC is the only State I know of that does not have a .25 cal limit on big game.

The last time I hunted in Alaska, it was legal to do so. I have, many do. .22-250 has been a favorite caribou caliber of mine for years.... scores of them have dropped to mine.

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Cajun_Mike
09-12-2012, 02:35 PM
Anyone hunting deer with a 223 or 22/250 is in clear violation of the law and good sense. NC is the only State I know of that does not have a .25 cal limit on big game.

It's legal to hunt deer in Louisiana with any centerfire .22 cal & above. Most kids start out using .223 single shots down here.

Nswish
09-12-2012, 02:37 PM
Anyone hunting deer with a 223 or 22/250 is in clear violation of the law and good sense. NC is the only State I know of that does not have a .25 cal limit on big game.

Last time I checked Maine allowed the taking of Deer, aka big game, with a .22 magnum.

EDIT: I just saw your location list as including Maine...
You sir need to do some more research before making such broad statements about "the law and good sense"

histopicker
09-12-2012, 05:51 PM
Violation of law and good sense? I have dispatched many mule deer in Utah (where it is legal) with a .223, all of which were one shot DRT's. Taking the time to place your shot seems to be more critical than having more gun than you need. With a low recoiling round such as the .223 or 22-250, it is much easier for a person to achieve that shot placement. If your thinking a .22 centerfire is not enough gun you could probably find someone out there with a story about the 130 Lb whitetail that took two or three hits with a 300 mag and ran off.
Just my two cents.

TXCOONDOG
09-12-2012, 06:35 PM
In Texas, anything centerfire is legal.

colt100
09-12-2012, 07:12 PM
Anyone hunting deer with a 223 or 22/250 is in clear violation of the law and good sense. NC is the only State I know of that does not have a .25 cal limit on big game.

It's legal in WI to hunt deer with a 223 or 22-250. I bet there are a lot of states that allow the use of a 223 for large game.

I see no reason not to use one if you are a good enough shot and can take neck shots. I have thought of doing this with my varmint upper and might have done it if I had private land to hunt but with the way our hunting season is set up in WI, it's a free for all on public land and most of the time, if you see a deer, it's running. The 6.8 does the job nicely though.

TacticalGenius
09-13-2012, 09:04 AM
Anyone hunting deer with a 223 or 22/250 is in clear violation of the law and good sense. NC is the only State I know of that does not have a .25 cal limit on big game.

Umm... Nswish is right, here in Maine we are LEGALLY allowed to hunt deer with a .22 WMR. An author for an online AR magazine did an article about AR hunting calibers and at his last count, 38 states allow .223 for deer. You should do a wee bit of research before posting erroneous things as this. What the hell do you mean "good sense"? Tell ya what, stand out at 100 yds and get hit with a 22-250 or .223 hunting round and see if you can tell the difference between that and another hunting caliber of your choice. If you don't wanna do that, just let people stick to what they have known and used for years to legally and ethically take game. Also, you should pre-empt your comments with... "In my opinion" so as not to piss of scores of ethical and law abiding hunters since you came off as holier-than-thou and anyone who disagrees with you is wrong, in your post.

Twisted10
09-13-2012, 02:03 PM
In Texas, anything centerfire is legal.


same in NY.

id shoot a deer w/ quality .223 ammo.

QuicksilverJPR
09-13-2012, 02:19 PM
Anyone hunting deer with a 223 or 22/250 is in clear violation of the law and good sense. NC is the only State I know of that does not have a .25 cal limit on big game.

In the state of GA any .22 caliber center fire and bigger is allowed.

Perhaps it would be best to refrain from passing on "advice" that is not accurate!

JDJHNTR
09-13-2012, 10:43 PM
I wont go into details.........but my wife shot a nice buck with her G2 carbine in 6.8 and Vmax and I have to shoot him twice more with her rifle. I know they will kill but I was'nt impressed enough to use them on whitetail again. Now the 120 SST is a whole nother ball game!!!!!!!!!

boggy
09-13-2012, 10:52 PM
I have killed two deer with my 6.8, the first was a 120 pound buck at 100 yards with the 110 gr VMax. I used it because that was the only ammo that I could find at the time. It went down like a sack of taters. One piece of the bullet exited the top of the skull. I couldnt do a european mount on it because the skull was in too many pieces once I skinned it out. The bullet entered in the left shoulder. Pretty substantial damage in the vitals. Maybe I got lucky.

The second I shot with the Sierra Prohunter. I am using these simply because they were the most affordable in bulk. I dont plink with my 6.8 so I'm probably set for a while with ammo for hunting. The bullet went straight through but it was a much closer shot, maybe 40 yards, and a smaller deer. I shot the only one I saw last year (that wasnt running in front of dogs... dang dog hunters...)

Nathanj
09-14-2012, 09:22 PM
Its perfectly legal in Tennessee to hunt with any centerfire rifle. I guess from now on I'll just let the little one grab a 338 or 7mm and see if I can turn them totally off to hunting when the scope bangs em in the face.

BamaInArk
09-14-2012, 09:38 PM
Anyone hunting deer with a 223 or 22/250 is in clear violation of the law and good sense. NC is the only State I know of that does not have a .25 cal limit on big game.

My advice is to knowledge oneself before fuming at the mouth! lol If you think a 223 is too small for deer what do you think about shooting them with arrows? Come on man! There are some great 223 rounds available that will drop a deer very quickly. Just as fast as most any other larger caliber. My hunting partner dropped three last season using 75 gr Prvi Match. Two were DRT and the 3rd went less than 20 yards. If I didn't have a 6.8 to hunt with I'd be using a 223 unless I was planning on very long range shots.

And FWIW Arkansas allows anything .22 centerfire and larger. No FMJs however, which makes perfect sense.