Originally Posted by axxe55
IMO, i would go with the 30-06 or the 308 over the 223. the 223 will do the job at reasonable distances and proper ammo, but the 30-06 and the 308 are better suited for the job. also the 30-06 or the 308 make good target calibers. the advantage is the 223 for target praactice because of the cheap ammo cost.
I've been looking at this same issue.
The trajectories of the Federal .223 & .308s are kinda close. However the .223 at longer ranges is fairly weak. If you want to drop deer with .223, the website says be under 200 yards and a good
shot. Of course, it'll punch paper though and it's relatively inexpensive.
The .308 will drop a deer and hit targets way out there in long range territory, but it's about 2x the cost per round. Also the rifles are HEAVY. At least the long range bull barrels are.
At what ranges are you likely to see deer. In the Adirondacks deer are taken at much less then 200 yards.
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