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Old 05-02-2012, 04:29 AM   #11
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yes a 223 can kill a deer if shot placement is observed and using the proper ammo. but IMO also, 243 is the smallest caliber i would be comfortable using for deer size game.

need to check your states game regulations as some states have a minimum size caliber that can be used legally. even a centerfire 22 caliber is illegal in many states. need to to check this first before making any decision on caliber.

check out the Marlin X7 series and the Savage Axis series of rifles if considering a new bolt action rifle for hunting. also check out the pawn shops and gun stores for good used rifles. many good decent hunting rifles can be found and many can be had for a half to a third the cost of the same rifle new. sometimes they may even have a decent scope on them.

my suggestions on caliber for deer sized game, would be these as they are going to be the most commonly available. 243 Win., 30-30, 30-06, 270 Win., 7mm Rem. Mag., or 308. any of these wil work just fine as long as you use proper ammo for the job.

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If you need an inexpensive but Quality gun go with a mossberg 100 ATR i have one in 30-06 it puts the bullets throught the same hole at 100 yards.

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IMO .223 on deer is unethical it usually will get the job done but you better be damn sure you have a good shot on it. I recommend the marlin 336 30-30 or .35. They are classic deer rifles and I havent ever heard of any failures in the field. Just saw one on hyatt gun store for under 500 with a scope and sling.
Skip the 30-30, I go with the Marlin 336 in .35, great knock down power and accurate shooter. Especially with the new .35 Hornady ammo.
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Skip the 30-30, I go with the Marlin 336 in .35, great knock down power and accurate shooter. Especially with the new .35 Hornady ammo.
Those .35 lever actions are cannons! Hunted with a fella that shot one, jeez that booger was loud.
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Yes a .223 Remington/5.56x45 NATO will kill a White-tail..........Me I use a .308 Winchester/7.62x51 NATO.

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You can use a cannon, but if you can't hit the barn walls with it what good is it.........What is the terrain you'll be hunting is the first question. This thread has been over worked and should be in a sticky or what ever......I prefer either a 12 ga. slug or 00 buck, because the shots are within 50 yards.....

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