Originally Posted by lasherb1
just a quick question/thought: is the .223 caliber big enough/ legal to hunt white tailed deer with and possibly elk? Even though its illegal to use a rifle here in Indiana, I might be taking a trip to hunt elk with my cousin in Alaska.
Although I know of some who have successfully done so, at least up to white tail, I would not suggest it. There's just too much of a possibility of just wounding the animal, and having it run off. Case in point, the main reason we are looking an upgrade to the current .223/5.56 round, there are too many complaints of no-stopping power over in the sandbox on 2-legged creatures. Now, think of that as you are contemplating a full sized deer, much less an elk.
If that is what you are seeking, then the .308 would be a better alternative. There again, you might be pushing it with the elk, but it can be done. Another alternative, get the .223/5.56, and buy a separate upper, like maybe in 6.8 SPC, which would do well for your deer hunts. But again, would leave you a little light for going after an elk. For those once in a lifetime hunting trips to the great white north, I wouldn't want to leave success to chance. You could pick up an affordable and capable bolt-gun, like one of the Savage packages w/ the Accu-trigger, in .30-06 or .300 mag.