Originally Posted by phildenton
Btw: .223 is not legal for deer in most jurisdictions, nor ethical.
Ever since the AR-15 craze hit, people have been trying to place the .223 / 5.56 MM cartridge into the deer category. When in reality it is, and always has been a varmint round. I guess they are using the terminology that if it can kill men, it can also kill deer. Which in theory is correct. But also in theory so can a .22 LR, and you don't see people using them for self defense. The Mafia saw fit to do a few people in with them, Sam Giancana being one of them.
As the above poster mentioned it is illegal to hunt deer with a .223 in a great many jurisdictions. There is a very good reason for that. A .308 is all but ideal for deer today. One reason is if you want to shoot cheap practice ammunition, it is avaliable from places like this, for as little as $480.00 a thousand. That's only .48 cents a round.
Good, accurate controlled expanding hunting ammunition is somewhat more, but very affordable. The .308 is also one of the most accurate rounds avaliable, and can be reloaded easily and inexpensively. The .308 is avaliable in most any action, style, and barrel length you could possibly imagine. Semi auto, bolt, lever, and pump actions are all avaliable.
If you like the AR platform, as many do, the .308 is avaliable in many different style AR type rifles in just as many price ranges. This way you have the range, power, and hard hitting advantages of the .308 cartridge, in a user friendly, easy to clean semi auto rifle, that is capable of good, long range accuracy. That's a pretty hard combination to beat.