.223 on deer?

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Re: .223 on deer?

Postby Cajun1 » Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:17 am

Around here the vast majority of our shots are less than 200 yards and probably more realistically less than 100. I have no problem taking a deer with a .223 as long as you're using the right bullet. I've seen 250+lb wild hogs dropped in their tracks from a .223 55gr FMJ at 250yds on multiple occasions. Granted those were well placed shots. My son killed his first buck this past Saturday @75 yards using a single shot Rossi break over .223 with a 64gr Federal PSP bullet. The bullet turned the lungs to mush, exited and left a very good blood trail that we followed for about 40 yards where we found the deer, dead as a hammer. Is the .223 always the best round for deer? No, It depends on the circumstances. Is it a deer capable round in certain circumstances? Absolutely. I personally prefer a 30-30 or 45-70 because I'm a lever gun fan. However, I do occasionally hunt deer/pigs with my AR and have been very successful with it.
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Re: .223 on deer?

Postby bgoldhunter » Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:31 am

Congrats on your son's first buck!
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Re: .223 on deer?

Postby Cajun1 » Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:34 am

bgoldhunter wrote:Congrats on your son's first buck!


Thanks, he's very excited and I couldn't be more proud!
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Re: .223 on deer?

Postby ImBillT » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:22 pm

Having killed plenty of pigs with a .222 using 55gr Lapua soft points, I let my wife kill her first deer with it. .223 is plenty for deer if you use a suitable bullet and take a careful broadside shot. The neck or lungs will do. I wouldn't recommend it for running or quartering shots. Extra penetration and bigger holes are preferable for less than perfect situations.
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Re: .223 on deer?

Postby Elvis Kiwi » Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:55 am

well 5 years on and my opinion hasnt changed...the box of 50grn ttsx hasnt been used up yet and its taken another few game animals....they are awesome wee projectiles.
the hornady bulk 55grn loading seems to be very good too,Ive shot a few domestic sheep (of my own) with them and they sure givem bulgy eyeballs.... finished off last deer with one too...didnt need to as ttsx downthrough shoulders had him stuffed BUT at 75 yards with a near perfect rest when its head flopped out and stayed still inside my sight picture,I just had to dislocate its cranial capacity...yip they work well on deer heads too LOL......that is some of the tastiest venison Ive ever eaten...red spiker....beautiful,tender tasty perfection.
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Re: .223 on deer?

Postby RustyGunz1960 » Fri May 01, 2020 10:50 am

I've "seen" plenty of VW Beetles balance sheets of plywood on their roof so you don't need a pickup any more than a deer rifle. But then again.............. :rolleyes:
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Re: .223 on deer?

Postby Elvis Kiwi » Sun May 03, 2020 2:30 am

dont get me wrong....the .308 or .270 are my first choice....BUT if I take the .223 for a walk,well within limits of range and settled animals Im confident I can get the job done...if my main target species for the day are wallabies (yes we have them here in NZ) well it makes sense to take the wee rifle.
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