.223 hunting

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by fatmidgets, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. fatmidgets

    fatmidgets New Member

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    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?
     
  2. dks7895

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    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.
     

  3. Sonic82

    Sonic82 New Member

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    'Yotes and just target shooting is fun.
     
  4. fatmidgets

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    How many grains would you think to use on deer?
     
  5. jpattersonnh

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    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.
     
  6. Gatoragn

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

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

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    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. ;)
     
  9. fatmidgets

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    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?
     
  10. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    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.
     
  11. dragunovsks

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    The .22-250 has much higher muzzle velocity, like 4000 fps were as a .223 is less than 2000 fps. It doesnt have anymore knockdown power just alot more speed, itll blow right through a deer and doesnt do much damage, the deer probably wont even know its been hit.
     
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  12. lonewolf101

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    I have to find out if a 223 is legal here to hunt deer with - it should you would think...huh?.
     
  13. fatmidgets

    fatmidgets New Member

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    Where do you live?
     
  14. Txhillbilly

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    A well placed 65gr Sierra Game King,or 70gr Speer Soft Point will take down any whitetail on this continent out of a 223 at a reasonable range.

    It's just a deer,they aren't that tough an animal to kill.

    More deer are wounded by larger calibers from inexperienced hunters each year,than they are by an experienced shooter with a 223.
     
  15. dks7895

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    I have successfully harvested a doe with a 55gr soft point. Double lung shot at 75 yards.
     
  16. donthav1

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    actually 55 & 60 grain .223 rounds are about 3000 fps

    my dad hunted for years with a mini-14 & always cleanly took deer, shot placement & the right bullet are key. no full metal jackets, soft point or ballistic tip are the better choices

    i'm not proud of it but in my youth i wounded a couple deer that had to be tracked quite a ways due to poor shot placement with a .30-06. a bigger bullet doesn't automatically mean instant death.
     
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  17. Shortfuse

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    22-250 and .223 use the same bullet but the 22-250 has a bigger shell and more powder. I have taken Fallow and White Tail Deer,Wild Boar up to 325 pounds and Catalina Goat with a .223. I have also taken Deer with a 22-250Deer and goat are thin skinned animals so these cal. are good out to 200 to250 yards. Pig should be much closer with less margin for error
     
  18. lonewolf101

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    milwaukee area
     
  19. jpattersonnh

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    Can it be done, yes. Is it close to even being good, no. A 129gr 6.5x55 will have close to the same energy (-70lb) at 500 yards as a 62gr .223 has at 100 yards. It has an equal amount of energy as a 55gr. at that distance.
    Both have a MV of 2900fps. The 62gr will not handle wind as well nor will it penetrate as well. If you hit a rib or shoulder you will have a wounded animal, not an ethical harvest. JMHO. There are much better choices. The .22WMR got a reputation as a poachers gun in the 1930's. It still carries that w/ F&G up here.
     
  20. gunnut07

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    I have 2 223 rifles and hum neither of them shoot below 2000 fps not sure where you are getting your info from. But it is slightly off.

    If a 223 can kill terrorist it can kill a deer. Proper bullet and SHOT PLACEMENT is KEY.

    I have a Varmint load in my 223 that is scooting along at 3600fps.

    Using a good 60 gr Nosler Partition bullet suitable for deer sized game.

    please visit hodgdon.com and look up the loads.

    Again proper bullet and proper shot placement is key with any cartridge. You don't need a Magnum to kill a deer.