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Old 05-29-2013, 09:13 PM   #21
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Do you prefer a certain round for your deer?
I normally hunt with a .308. CZ-550 Synthetic bolt action rifle.
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I would love to use my 6.8 spc for whitetail but unfortunately I can't in Indiana. However for coyotes it's a different story. The 110 gr v-max is a little over kill for coyotes but I've never seen one run more than a few yards if they don't drop on the spot.

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There are plenty of AR calibers to choose from. But since you're specifying AR15 (as opposed to all ARs (AR10), 243win, 308win, 338fed, etc), I would lean toward 300blk. 6.8spc is also a very competent caliber, but the products that support it may only become harder to find in coming months and years as 300blk gobbles up its potential market.

6.8spc is ballistically similar to a 7.62x39 with generally higher grade bullets and finer accuracy. I've been told by many that 300blk is making it a 'dead' caliber. There's some truth to that, but it'll be around for several more years and can be a fine option. 300blk may be your best option, or you can step up to the AR10 platform that includes 243, 308, etc.
I assembled an AR-15 in 6.8 SPC a couple of years ago as a dedicated whitetail hunting rifle. In the intervening time, I've seen numerous new 6.8 loads come on the scene as more manufacturers come on board.

The 300 BLK was designed for a totally different "mission" than the 6.8 SPC. It's a bigger, heavier, shorter-range round that really shines when used suppressed. Good hog hunting round, for sure.

In my opinion the 6.8 SPC is better suited for an overall hunting round with its superior energy and ballistic profile. Its popularity as a hog and whitetail killer I think ensures its availability for years to come.
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I would avoid the 223 unless you were talking really small deer, 6.5 and 6.8 are vastly better in every measurable way. Seen too many deer shot with a 223 to ever want to trade my 308 for one. Shoot a deer even in the sweet spot with a 223 and they almost always run, 50-70 yards seems about normal from what I have seen, that would not be a problem at all if the small calibers left a blood trail like a 30-06 does but tracking a faint blood trail through dense underbrush is a nightmare.

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Roe Deer are real small (size of medium to large dog), so .223 would suffice. But I have become very good harvesting Roe with my .308 with minimal meat damage. Patience and a good neck shot to the spine. Has not failed me yet. It is illegal to use a .223 on anything bigger. This is why the .308 is perfect round for me. Easy to get ammo that will allow me to successfully harvest Roe, Red, fallow deer and boar.

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I would avoid the 223 unless you were talking really small deer, 6.5 and 6.8 are vastly better in every measurable way. Seen too many deer shot with a 223 to ever want to trade my 308 for one. Shoot a deer even in the sweet spot with a 223 and they almost always run, 50-70 yards seems about normal from what I have seen, that would not be a problem at all if the small calibers left a blood trail like a 30-06 does but tracking a faint blood trail through dense underbrush is a nightmare.
What about 7.62x39. Are those good?
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What about 7.62x39. Are those good?
I'd say they are fine at 100 yards or less. There is already a thread open on this but it seems to have lost its way from the 7.62 conversation.
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What about 7.62x39. Are those good?
The SKS was the "poor man's deer rifle" for most of my youth, as they had similar performance to a 30-30 and were MUCH cheaper. This was truest in the wet, bushy hunting lands of Southern and Central MS. A lot of it has to do with the ammo used; gonna want some softpoint ammo for the swamp donkeys.

I will never forget passing on a NIB Chinese SKS at Rose's department store to buy a Marlin Model 60 for $10 more.
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The SKS was the "poor man's deer rifle" for most of my youth, as they had similar performance to a 30-30 and were MUCH cheaper. This was truest in the wet, bushy hunting lands of Southern and Central MS. A lot of it has to do with the ammo used; gonna want some softpoint ammo for the swamp donkeys.

I will never forget passing on a NIB Chinese SKS at Rose's department store to buy a Marlin Model 60 for $10 more.
Times have changed a lot.
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Times have changed a lot.
Yup, I paid about $350 for my SKS and some ammo in 2010 or so; the one I missed out on as a kid was under $100. I still have the Marlin Model 60 though.
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