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#459037 - 10/20/08 06:43 PM best .223 round for deer?
denton Offline
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Registered: 03/10/08
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I usually use the .270 but am wondering what .223 round has the best performance on deer. Let me know what you guys use.


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#459038 - 10/20/08 07:22 PM Re: best .223 round for deer? [Re: denton]
exoticbob Offline
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64 grain power points, remington 55 grain soft points or 60 nosler partitions. must be no more than 100 yards and right behind the shoulder - not much room for error. of course the good old head shot works great.


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#459039 - 10/20/08 07:35 PM Re: best .223 round for deer? [Re: denton]
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I use 55 grain Sierra BT Game Kings for my .223 if I'm shooting deer or hogs with it. I've never lost a deer using these bullets and I either shoot them through the ribs or in the neck or head.

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#459040 - 10/20/08 08:21 PM Re: best .223 round for deer? [Re: denton]
Cool_Hand Offline
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Whats wrong with the 270? I've never had one run off using a 270 either. Like someone said, with a 223 theres no room for error. I've seen a ton of deer run a good ways with a 243 in them and it would be a lung/heart shot. I like the odds with a 270 or 30-06.



Edited by Cool_Hand (10/20/08 08:25 PM)

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#459041 - 10/20/08 09:12 PM Re: best .223 round for deer? [Re: Cool_Hand]
denton Offline
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nothing is wrong with the 270. i have shot 3 deer with the 223 and none of them have ran more that 30 yards. I just wanted to know, just in case of a not so perfect shot, what the best round on the market is. my little nephew and brother also use my 223 frequently. Ive seen both of them shoot, thus arises the question.


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#459042 - 10/20/08 09:22 PM Re: best .223 round for deer? [Re: denton]
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Sorry,

But I simply do not believe this is enough gun or cartridge. Will it kill a deer? Yes it will. But I can not or could not hunt deer with this cartridge. I own one and would never use it for deer hunting. Again...can you kill a deer with it? Yes. But the room for error using this cartridge is small at best.


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#459043 - 10/20/08 09:25 PM Re: best .223 round for deer? [Re: Deerhunter61]
rstewlandman Offline
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Quote:

Sorry,

But I simply do not believe this is enough gun or cartridge. Will it kill a deer? Yes it will. But I can not or could not hunt deer with this cartridge. I own one and would never use it for deer hunting. Again...can you kill a deer with it? Yes. But the room for error using this cartridge is small at best.



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#459044 - 10/20/08 09:36 PM Re: best .223 round for deer? [Re: rstewlandman]
DFWPI Offline
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Sounded like the question was which was the best round for the .223, not would you shoot a deer with it.

Just remember......SHOT PLACEMENT!

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#459045 - 10/21/08 05:11 AM Re: best .223 round for deer? [Re: DFWPI]
kloyd Offline
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Registered: 09/22/08
Posts: 73
I have a 223 wssm and use the 64 grain win supreme no problums.


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#459046 - 10/21/08 07:24 AM Re: best .223 round for deer? [Re: rstewlandman]
don k Online   content
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I like your way of thinking.


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#459047 - 10/21/08 07:27 AM Re: best .223 round for deer? [Re: denton]
OFBHWG Offline
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68 GRAIN FEDERAL BOAT TAIL HOLLOW POINT. DEER OUT TO 100YDS AND TURKEYS TO 300YDS OUT OF A 20" 1-8 SS HEAVY BARREL. REMEMBER YOUR TWIST HAS ALOT TO DO WITH IT.

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#459048 - 10/21/08 07:52 AM Re: best .223 round for deer? [Re: OFBHWG]
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I don't rely on a lot of expansion out of a 223. It is all about shot placement and, as Clint says, "A man has got to know his limitations".

As for the enough bullet/archery debate, hard to argue that. The 223 round is going to stop more by wound/shock than by "knock down"...

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#459049 - 10/21/08 11:58 AM Re: best .223 round for deer? [Re: sig226fan (Rguns.com)]
Big Daddy K Offline
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70 gn Hornady HPs. Thats what I'm gonna use Thankgiving weekend for a doe.

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#459050 - 10/21/08 01:35 PM Re: best .223 round for deer? [Re: Big Daddy K]
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I will second exotic bobs sugestion of the nosler partition. They are only offered in 60 grains, which will still shoot throu most standard twist barrels just fine. I handload mind at about 3000 fps and they do great. I have shot several deer with it, and my brothers girlfriend has as well. The last one I shot(90lbs field dressed doe), was off hand shot at about 60 yards, I hit both shoulders, broke them both and exited, deer fell DRT. I have no reservations in using within its distance limitations.

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#459051 - 10/21/08 02:39 PM Re: best .223 round for deer? [Re: redchevy]
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i have a .223 but would hesitate to use it on a body shot on a deer. maybe shoot it in the head, but thats about it. i have shot quite a few pigs with it so i know wht it can an cannot do.

imo, a .220 swift or a .22-250 is a much better deer gun in the .22 caliber spectrum than a .223 or a .222. that being said, i would use partition if you handload, winchester makes a 64 grain power point if you don't. be ultra pickey and limit your shots to 100 yds MAX, and aim carefully

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