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I find it interesting to observe how different types of cartridges for firearms affect the targets I shoot.

At the range where I currently shoot, I sometimes put up some clay birds on the 50 yard fence. If I shoot them with .22LR, it breaks them into large pieces, and they fall. Shooting them with a .30-30 soft point bullet obliterates them, causing them to explode into a zillion little pieces. An AR round, .223/5.56, despite being the same diameter as .22LR, drills a perfectly clean round hole through the bird, and the bird stays intact on the fence.

One of these days, I guess I should try some soft point .223 on a bird, and see if that makes a difference.
 

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Let us know how it works.
 

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Shot placement also has an effect. I have had instances where a .223 makes a clean hole in one and shatters the next.
 
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