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Old 11-22-2010, 08:13 PM   #31
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[QUOTE=PTsouthpaw;377368]When I purchased my first AR-15, my uncle's first question was if I could deer hunt with it. I looked into the topic a little bit, and discovered that those who did loaded their own rounds. I have always been interested in reloading, and now that I am putting together a second AR I decided to get the equipment and start.

My general philosophy is hunt with the biggest gun you own that you can shoot well. If the only gun in the closet is a .223 and it's hunting season go get it and enjoy the hunt. I'd suggest a head shot at close range though. My hunting rifle is a .308 and it's the biggest gun I shoot well. Next spring I plan to use it on some sage rats.
I"m also planning an ar15 project but I want a .300 Fireball upper on mine. I'm thinking this will be a superb sage rat and coyote slayer.
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:17 PM   #32
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i wouldn't go for a headshot
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:28 PM   #33
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agreed. I see the head as the most likely part to move while i finish my trigger squeeze, and while the bullet flies that portion of a second. My buddy who invited me said, when i said "i only have my .223"..."the way you shoot it, you could just aim for the eye or the ear." I disagree. I feel it's a low percentage shot anywhere but close range. Deer move their head alot. More than people do.
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I have seen many deer fall in their tracks from a 220 Swift with a 52gr HPBT. Top of the shoulder/base of the neck. Many 300 plus yard shots. Being from Delaware we have no rifle season, the closest state to rifle hunt is Maryland and I believe the bullet diameter has to be atleast 6mm/.243. Not sure if there is a case capacity limit.
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