.223

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by bowhunter17, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. bowhunter17

    bowhunter17 New Member

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    How will .223 perform on deer?
     
  2. ajhaag19

    ajhaag19 New Member

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    I used an ar a few years back It did the job. But you need the right hit though. Especially for a good size buck
    I used a Hornady 75 grain boat tail hollow point for my rounds
    Came out with a doe and a decent 8 pointer
     

  3. bamashooter68

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    I use 65gr sierra gameking bullets in my handloads and killing deer isnt a problem provided you do your part and make a good shot.
     
  4. bowhunter17

    bowhunter17 New Member

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    I heard that some poachers use .22lr on deer because it is quiet. Can .22lr really kill a deer if it gets hit directly in the heart?
     
  5. mchoitz

    mchoitz New Member

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    Ya, they don't care about an ethical shot. Shoot till it dies or chase it tell it does. I've seen them do that
     
  6. bowhunter17

    bowhunter17 New Member

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    That's horrible.
     
  7. mchoitz

    mchoitz New Member

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    Have also seen a snare that a doe got caught up in and twisted her leg off then died a couple feet away. Not a coyote because she left tracks. I have an idea who it was but can't accuse until catching them red handed.
     
  8. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've read a 60 grain softpoint works good, or an all copper bullet. I haven't used a .223 on deer myself. The key is penetration when using a small caliber on larger game. Imo, borrow or buy a larger caliber if at all possible.
     
  9. bowhunter17

    bowhunter17 New Member

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    You should set up some trail cams to catch them in the act.
     
  10. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I am not the most experienced hunter, but I think it is very important for us to be ethical hunters. If you are not confident you can get a clean consistent kill with a 223, then get something you can be confident in.