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Old 11-14-2011, 01:54 AM   #31
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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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What caliber would be better for deer hunting and target practice, .223, .30-06, or a .308?
Dont forget that most states have a caliber restriction for big game legal calibers are,in those states, 6mm an up or 24 caliber an larger
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yeah, you have to buy a mount and rings for a scope. tons of options out there

they're expensive. i paid about $900 for mine back in 2007. you can find them cheaper if you shop around.

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yeah, you have to buy a mount and rings for a scope. tons of options out there

they're expensive. i paid about $900 for mine back in 2007. you can find them cheaper if you shop around.
I hope u got a scope also not just bases an rings for 900. I use talley rings an bases on all my guns they arent cheap but sure arent 900
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they're expensive. i paid about $900 for mine back in 2007. you can find them cheaper if you shop around.
Not to offend but if u spent $900 on rings an base WHAT WERE U THINKIN PAL HOLY GOBS OF GOOSE POOP!!!!!!!
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I hope u got a scope also not just bases an rings for 900. I use talley rings an bases on all my guns they arent cheap but sure arent 900
no, $900 was the gun. my rings/bases were about $150.
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no, $900 was the gun. my rings/bases were about $150.
Weeeeeee I was fixin to yell at ya or ask fer a loan haaaa
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man, if i had the coin to spend $900 on rings and bases, i would not be sitting on my couch playing on a gun forum right now lol

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man, if i had the coin to spend $900 on rings and bases, i would not be sitting on my couch playing on a gun forum right now lol
Haaaaa by god thats the bottom line huh im sittin here in the camper, wind rockin us around, hopin to fill the last 2 tags we have tomorrow so we can go back to NM see how broke I am
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