DRT Ammo Testing – Part 3

Packing up to leave this morning I took a tally. As part of the culling operation with the S&W M&P 15 rifles (all in .223 Rem) there were 20 deer shot at ranges between 40 and 180 yards. 23 shots were fired. Um, actually 24. (I missed a head shot.) I’m not sure that any of the follow-up shots were necessary. I know the one I fired was not but we were all hunters and have the natural instinct to put another bullet in anything that is still standing.

Like I've said for a long time; a .223 Rem with the right bullet is all you need for whitetails.

I’ve been on other culling operations and hunts with large caliber rifles and traditional ammunition where the results were not this good. I don’t think this proves a 223 Remington and DRT ammo is better; shoot enough animals with enough different cartridges and bullets and results will always vary.

I think what it does prove is that a .223 Remington (an AR) loaded with DRT ammunition is more than sufficient for shooting whitetail deer.

I’m sure some are still skeptacle and would ask why you would not use a larger caliber or bullets that work like those we have used for many years. Well, I can think of a lot of reasons. you’ll have to read the article to find out.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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2 Responses to DRT Ammo Testing – Part 3

  1. Pingback: DRT .223 Ammo testing « Gun Nuts Media

  2. Patrick says:

    This ammo appears very interesting, especially when compared to the popular Bergers, but with the long range crowd it sure would help if they had a 7mm size as well as a 338 size. I suspect that once those two are developed I think the market will be much larger.

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