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Old 11-11-2013, 08:29 PM   #71
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.223 have been used for decades to successfully take deer. THATS what makes it a good deer caliber for this area.
you mean in Texas, where everything is bigger (but the deer that is lol)
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:03 PM   #72
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Shot the biggest deer I've ever killed in my life with a 223 fusion at 75 yards. It went only 20 yards before it killed over. 14 points and I am so excited. I am trying to set up a photo bucket account so I can Post some pictures here for all of you all to see. :-)
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:27 PM   #73
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I took a doe a few weeks ago at 125 yards with a 65 grain winchester. Took a photo of the heart and lungs, this is the exit wound side;





You can see how much the lungs got tore up, underneath where it went through the top of the heart was pretty bad as well. The bullet hit a rib on the way in and on the way out. I am a relatively new hunter, but I do not see how a larger caliber could be more effective? This seems effective
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I took a doe a few weeks ago at 125 yards with a 65 grain winchester. Took I am a relatively new hunter, but I do not see how a larger caliber could be more effective? This seems effective
a larger caliber would have been more effective if
a) it was a large deer and
b) if you were much farther out than 125 yards.

I think the main thing is to realize that .223 is a LIMITED CALIBER for large game such as the northern whitetails and mule deer where I hunt. Limited in distance, knock down power etc. For those southern deer, and inside 150 yards, I could see using a .223. I own an AR but I have rifles designed specifically for hunting large game at all ranges so of course I'd always stick with those
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You get white tail bigger than 200lbs?!
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For those southern deer, and inside 150 yards, I could see using a .223.
I live in, and shot this deer in Idaho, this was about a 165lbs deer.
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I live in, and shot this deer in Idaho, this was about a 165lbs deer.
Yea I'd classify Idaho as the south lol. Seriously though, I get into this debate with people all the time. Make sure you understand the limits of your round and it will work out fine. It is not a round that competes with .270, .308 or 30-06 when it comes to deer. It simply isn't, just as pistol ammo has it's limits.

The problem I have with .223 caliber or other smaller rounds isn't the shot YOU took....it's the fact that I generally do not know if the deer is going to show up at 100 yards or 300. Since most carry 1 long gun to the field, to me it makes sense to have all distances covered. Anyone who believes there is no difference between small centerfir and large centerfire calibers clearly does not understand the physics involved with ballistics

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I know this is an old thread but wanted to share the buck I got last year with a 223 now that I know how to post photos.
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I know this is an old thread but wanted to share the buck I got last year with a 223 now that I know how to post photos.
Nice buck! What was the weight??
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I didn't weigh him so I don't know for sure, but I do know the 850 sportsman I was on had a hard time pulling me and the deer up the hill. I'd say dressed he went over two hundred but that's just a guess. He had 15 scorable points.
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