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what do you all think of using a 223. for whitetails?

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  • what do you all think of using a 223. for whitetails?

    what do you all think of using a 223. for whitetails?

  • #2
    barely adequate, only for good shooters. Club up a bit if you can handle the recoil.

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    • #3
      You will definitely kill the deer with a good shot. In my mind, the problem would be tracking. It would seem to be such a fast, small bullet that it would just fragment violently and not leave an exit hole. The deer would die, but I think you would have a hard time finding it. I wouldn't do it. If I am wrong, someone tell me why.

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      • #4
        I think that it is too small, I know it will work. I just think that if you have something alittle bigger use it.

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        • #5
          good answer steve

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          • #6
            It can be done, especially with the heavier bullets out there. BUT it is not an effective deer caliber for any of the reasons listed above.

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            • #7
              It can be done, especially with the heavier bullets out there. BUT it is not an effective deer caliber for any of the reasons listed above.

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              • #8
                55grain soft point is no problem, I shot Mule Deer as far as 700 yards with my 22-250

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                • #9
                  I think would just shoot it in the head, so it would die quickly. It is not legal in many states, except for Texas.

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                  • #10
                    i can get a 1 in. group at a hunderd yards reste and a three in. off hand it isn't leagel in my part of my but just a thought

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                    • #11
                      *rested *leagl

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                      • #12
                        With a well placed shot, you can certainly take a whitetail with a .223; however, out of respect for the life of the whitetail I intend to take, I wouldn't use a .22 centerfire for whitetail. I consider the .223 well suited to smaller game, but the rib cage, sternum or shoulder of a whitetail could deflect a 55-60 grain bullet, requiring a quick follow-up shot or permitting a wounded whitetail to escape or suffer a lingering death. A larger caliber (and heavier bullet) would penetrate with better certainty. If an individual wanted a lighter recoil rifle for whitetail, I would avoid the use of the minimum margin of choice in preference of a .24-.25-.26 caliber rifle that would provide more power, greater assurance of a quick kill.

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                        • #13
                          They used to play the how big of a gun should I use game, now it seems people are playing the how small of a gun can I get away with game.

                          I don't like it.

                          I don't even like .243 for deer, but I might be willing to try it. .25 and up for me.

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                          • #14
                            Anything less than .240 is illegal in Wyoming for big game. However I have seen hunters easily kill whitetails in Mississippi using a .223 while being careful to put the shot where it is needed.
                            Years ago I witnessed a guy killing a spike bull elk with one 52 gr Hornady from a .22-.250 at about 75 yards. It dropped like it was hit by a .300 Weatherby.

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                            • #15
                              as others have noted here...simply two words---bullet placement. i've taken antelope with a .22-.250 so an average doe certainly wouldn't be much of an issue.
                              to shane-check the numbers between a 25.06, 6 mm, and a .243. you won't find a nickels worth of difference.

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