This is the bullet failure performance Ruark and his PH Selby saw. Womack used tougher Barnes, Sisk, and Ackley bullets. While those are no longer marketed, there are suitable replacements such as the Nosler Partition, Nosler AccuBond, Swift Scirocco, Hornady GMX, Federal Fusion, Hammer Hunter, Cutting Edge, Badlands Precision and more.
But not everyone addresses their game with such controlled expansion, premium bullets. Many simply buy a cheap, cup-and-core bullet, apply it to the chest of their deer, and start skinning.
So what’s going on with these 22s? Can or should we really trust them for deer, elk, even moose? Yes, many north country residents routinely collect their winter moose meat with 223 Remingtons! How many they wound and lose, who knows?
The best we can do is investigate 22 centerfire ballistics to see what we’re up against. We’ll work with the ubiquitous 223 Remington and a 220 Swift. Readers can extrapolate up or down for other cartridges (the new but already obsolete 223 WSSM is a smidge faster than the 220 Swift.)
Ballistics Shed Some Light on 223 Remington & 220 Swift Performance
223 Remington, 22-250, 220 Swift and Friends for Deer Hunting? — Ron Spomer Outdoors is written by Ron Spomer for www.ronspomeroutdoors.com