going Deer hunting

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by Kaptin, Oct 31, 2010.

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  1. Kaptin

    Kaptin New Member

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    I bought a 5 round mag for my Mini and plan to take it deer hunting in a couple weeks. I really like the 5 rounder for a hunting rifle; it feels like my 10-22 when carrying it in the field. I have a Nikon 4X scope mounted on it.
    I have a .243 and a 30-06 I could use, but I am going to take the Mini on this trip. I killed a couple of smaller hogs with it last year, and hope to have a nice buck with it this year.

    Anyone else hunting with the mini-14 this year?
     
  2. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I've said it before and I'm going to say it here. 223 is not a good round for deer. It is especially bad if you've got a 243 and a 30-06 in safe, both of which are far better rounds for taking deer sized game.
     

  3. Kaptin

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    no need to worry, that 223 will kill em just as dead as my 30-06 ... it just has limited range and I plan on shooting under 100 yards
     
  4. cpttango30

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    What bullet are you using.....

    Spitty man your on a roll brother.

    NOTE to OP: you better make sure your legal to hunt with a mini-14 in 223.
     
  5. ninjatoth

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    Where are you hunting?My deer season opens in a couple of weeks also.
     
  6. Kaptin

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    I'll be hunting North Eastern Missouri and using Hornady 75 grain hollow points.

    perfectly Legal to use for hunting deer there , just like my state of Texas


    •centerfire pistol, revolver or rifle using expanding-type bullets. Legal ammunition includes lead bullets, copper bullets and bullets made of other material designed to expand.
     
  7. Kaptin

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    I have seen deer killed very easily using the 223 and 22-250 using light bullets. I'm going to use a heavy bullet because the deer up there are pretty big. It should blow right through both shoulders for a good clean kill if needed, but I like neck shots best.
     
  8. spittinfire

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    Can I help it the same question has been asked 3 or 4 times this week? I have nothing against any of these guys and if they can cleanly harvest game with a 223 then that's fine. I just firmly believe the 223 is better suited for the likes of prarie dogs then deer. It's legal to hunt deer with one here in NC but you'll never see me carrying mine into the woods looking for whitetail.
     
  9. ninjatoth

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    I hunt in Mid Michigan,lower michigan has 2 hunting zones,northern rifle and southern shotgun.I live and hunt in northern,so any firearm can be used here exept for rimfire .22 or below,and semi-auto rifles and shotguns have to hold only 5 rounds,lever or pump guns can hold unlimited rounds and pistols are unlimited rounds.So I can use my 9mm,444,12 gauge and even a .204 ruger.The southern guys can only use shotguns or pistols that are +.35cal and holding 9 or less rounds-i'm glad I live in the northern zone,2010 hunters have all been instructed to kill all wild pigs and piglets this season if we see them also.
     
  10. R-BOLT

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    I not a big fan of tracking a wounded deer half the night myself. I like to see them drop in the tracks. We have quite a bit of tall/heavy CRP grass and finding land owners to get permission to find your deer is a pain too. I lean to the over kill side too. .243 is the lessor round I have ever use. 50 cal. muzzle loader or the 7mm-08 get my vote. I would probably let a young hunter use my mini in 6.8 SPC, just for the low recoil though.
     
  11. Kaptin

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    a well placed shot from a 223 will anchor a deer very easy

    a not so well placed shot from a 30-06 ( or anything) and you will be tracking it

    I like neck shots the best, they drop in their tracks, but there is no reason to think that a 223 will not reach the heart or lungs

    I never asked anyone if a 223 was OK, I only wanted to see if there are any other mini-14 hunters out there
     
  12. cpttango30

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    So your going to use the 223 with a MATCH bullet that is not suited for HUNTING.

    Really does someone have to tell you to breath or what?

    Can you legally use the 223 sure you can I guess I dunno I don't like in commie land.

    If you are going to use a mini to hunt I think your missing on a few cylinders to start with. Now your talking about using a MATCH bullet that is not made to expand it is made to be consistent.

    How good a shot are you?

    I can hit a ground hog at 300 yards with my 223. Kills it DRT with red mist as well. That doesn't make it a good choice for deer.

    If you are dead set on a 224 cal rifle for deer hunting the two I would look for would be the 220 Swift or 22-250. Both running a 8 twist barrel and I would not shoot anything but 75gr Swift Scirocco II bullets.

    You are going to need to limit your shots to no more than 75 yards and 50 would be more reasonable to me. You are going to have to use a better bullet and you are going to have to pass up a lot of shots that you could take with a slightly larger caliber.
     
  13. cpttango30

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    That maybe so but you are shooting a rifle that to put it nicely shoots like a shotgun. I have never seen a mini that can group under 4".

    Again you are shooting a rifle with known accuracy issues and you are wanting to use a match bullet that is not meant to hunt game with.

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    No you didn't but when you come talking this junk people are going to call you out on it. Sure it's legal doesn't mean you should do it. Every hunter in the field should strive for quick clean kills even if the shot is off a little bit. You never know what can happen. I would rather be over gunned than undergunned.
     
  14. Kaptin

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    why do you think that the hollow point bullet I'm using is not ment for hunting?
     
  15. Kaptin

    Kaptin New Member

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    that is not the bulet I am using
     
  16. Kaptin

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    Tango, you dont need to worry about my Mini-14 accuracy...but thanks for all of your concern.
     
  17. Kaptin

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    Tango, do you own a mini-14?
     
  18. spittinfire

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    Kaptin, 223's aren't ment to hunt deer.
     
  19. Kaptin

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    the 30-06 was not ment for that either
     
  20. spittinfire

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    It wasn't designed for that, I will agree but comparing a 223 to a 30-06 is apples to oranges.

    Also, just accept the fact that the bullet you would like to use was not designed for hunting use. How hard is that? If you MUST use a 223 for deer, at least pick a good bullet.
     
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