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Old 03-30-2013, 09:37 PM   #21
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he is looking for a caliber versatile enough to hunt deer with as well. a 204 Ruger would be a poor choice for deer sized game.
^ +1, the 204 Ruger would be a headshot only proposition on deer, and an iffy one at that. Not legal in most states I am sure. IMHO the smallest caliber suitable for deer is a .243, some argue for the higher powered .224s but they are marginal at best, and even with 220 Swift power behind them you have only a 150yd effective range.
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^ +1, the 204 Ruger would be a headshot only proposition on deer, and an iffy one at that. Not legal in most states I am sure. IMHO the smallest caliber suitable for deer is a .243, some argue for the higher powered .224s but they are marginal at best, and even with 220 Swift power behind them you have only a 150yd effective range.
243 is the smallest i prsonally felt comfortable with for deer sized game. will a 204 or a 223 or even a 220 Swift kill a deer? yes they will. but there are much better calibers than those for deer hunting.
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Thanks for all the information everyone. I definitely have some researching and decisions in front of me.

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