[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.