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fatmidgets 12-06-2011 08:43 PM

.223 hunting
 
I just bought a Remington Model 700 ADL in .223 REM. What I would like to know is what would be practical for me to hunt, and what animals would be over/underkill with the .223?

dks7895 12-06-2011 10:53 PM

The .223 Remington is a great varmint and/or predator cartridge. Overkill for squirrels, and not enough for deer. Some folks use them on deer, but shot placement and bullet type are critical.

Sonic82 12-06-2011 11:11 PM

'Yotes and just target shooting is fun.

fatmidgets 12-06-2011 11:13 PM

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Originally Posted by dks7895
The .223 Remington is a great varmint and/or predator cartridge. Overkill for squirrels, and not enough for deer. Some folks use them on deer, but shot placement and bullet type are critical.

How many grains would you think to use on deer?

jpattersonnh 12-06-2011 11:33 PM

129 for 6.5x55, 165 for .308, None for .223. If you live in Fla. or a place they are the size of a dog, you should be set. But, a big northern animal, never.

Gatoragn 12-06-2011 11:36 PM

I would not hesitate to use the .223 on wild pigs. I have taken and witnessed many pigs taken with a 22 mag.

fatmidgets 12-07-2011 12:07 AM

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Originally Posted by jpattersonnh
129 for 6.5x55, 165 for .308, None for .223. If you live in Fla. or a place they are the size of a dog, you should be set. But, a big northern animal, never.

It's funny u should say that because I actually do.

Georgiahunter 12-07-2011 12:15 AM

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Originally Posted by fatmidgets
I just bought a Remington Model 700 ADL in .223 REM. What I would like to know is what would be practical for me to hunt, and what animals would be over/underkill with the .223?

Funny you ask this because a little over 3 months ago I did a lot of research on this topic. As has been stated, varmints and rodents can easily be taken with it. The deer issue is a widely debated topic, but if you shoot, shoot, and shoot some more, and have a good understanding of your rifle and the anatomy of the animal you are hunting (deer) then taking one will be a non-issue because it is all about shot placement. A good shot with a .223 will always be more likely to kill a deer than a miss with a .50. ;)

fatmidgets 12-07-2011 12:31 AM

I know a girl who takes deer with a 22-250 in fl. So why would a .223 not work? Would the 22-250 have more knockdown power?

dragunovsks 12-07-2011 12:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Sonic82
'Yotes and just target shooting is fun.

A++ to that, i love yote hunting with my .223 (5.56). My holograchic sight makes shot placement in the dark or low light very easy.


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