Written by Ballistic Technician Paul Box
A common question I get from callers on our 800 line is what bullet in .22 caliber can I use for deer? Often times this will be for their son or daughter that wants to start deer hunting.
One of the most common calibers they want this for will be the popular .223. The 60 gr. HP (#1375) makes an excellent deer bullet in this caliber when it’s loaded down into the 2800-3000 FPS range. This bullet is pretty tough and was originally designed around 22-250 and swift velocities. Anytime you start a bullet out at lower muzzle velocity it will also slow down it’s expansion rate allowing better penetration. The biggest key here is lower initial muzzle velocity.
With 223’s having a 1-10” or faster twist Sierra offers a 65 gr. SBT GameKing (#1395) that we designed with this in mind. Having a thicker jacket,we made this bullet with deer in mind.It can be used at top end velocities from the 223 for deer hunting. It will bring a smile on the face of that young hunter with their first deer.