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#5472800 - 12/12/14 09:14 AM .223 for deer hunting
Bissett Offline
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Registered: 09/08/14
Posts: 120
Loc: Broken Arrow, OK
I hunted with an AR over the weekend and just loved it. It gave me the itch to go get one myself, mainly for deer hunting. I've heard different things about them such as if I use a higher grain bullet it should be fine. Do these really make good deer guns? What grain is recommended for deer, coyotes, hogs, etc? Also I have a 30-30 now and haven't had a deer run more than 25 yards before going down. What can I expect with the AR?
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#5472813 - 12/12/14 09:21 AM Re: .223 for deer hunting [Re: Bissett]
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You can expect to loose a few compared to the same shot with a 30-30.

Let the debate begin. aim
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#5472814 - 12/12/14 09:21 AM Re: .223 for deer hunting [Re: Bissett]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41127
Loc: Metroplex
Depends on where you plan on hitting them.

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#5472817 - 12/12/14 09:22 AM Re: .223 for deer hunting [Re: dkershen]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41127
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: dkershen
You can expect to loose a few compared to the same shot with a 30-30.

Let the debate begin. aim


Not if he hits them in the same spot as the 30-30.

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#5472830 - 12/12/14 09:25 AM Re: .223 for deer hunting [Re: Bissett]
RedRaider3933 Offline
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Registered: 09/09/10
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My first deer rifle was a single shot .223. Never lost or wounded a deer I shot at. That being said, I would not feel comfortable using that caliber now.
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#5472835 - 12/12/14 09:28 AM Re: .223 for deer hunting [Re: Bissett]
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I will support using a 223 with good ammo on deer within moderate ranges; however, I would not want it to be my go to deer rifle. I would much rather a 243, 260, 270 etc for a dedicated deer rifle.
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#5472845 - 12/12/14 09:31 AM Re: .223 for deer hunting [Re: Bissett]
Bissett Offline
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Registered: 09/08/14
Posts: 120
Loc: Broken Arrow, OK
I'm asking for a reason. If it's not strong enough to get the job done, I'm not going to buy one. But the places I hunt, theres really not many shots I could take over 80 yards and most of them are within 50 so I know I could I could put it on the money. But it is hunting and sometimes things don't go as you plan
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#5472850 - 12/12/14 09:34 AM Re: .223 for deer hunting [Re: Bissett]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41127
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: Bissett
I'm asking for a reason. If it's not strong enough to get the job done, I'm not going to buy one. But the places I hunt, theres really not many shots I could take over 80 yards and most of them are within 50 so I know I could I could put it on the money. But it is hunting and sometimes things don't go as you plan


You are golden then.

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#5472855 - 12/12/14 09:36 AM Re: .223 for deer hunting [Re: Bissett]
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50y-80y? You could put it in their ear at that range.
I'd say good to go as well.

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#5472893 - 12/12/14 09:57 AM Re: .223 for deer hunting [Re: Bissett]
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GRAMPS!!!

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Here we go...

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#5472894 - 12/12/14 09:57 AM Re: .223 for deer hunting [Re: Bissett]
Threelranch Offline
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Registered: 10/20/14
Posts: 179
Loc: West tx
If your just wanting in an AR style just get a 6.8 and your good out to 150 or better just my 2cents

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#5472906 - 12/12/14 10:02 AM Re: .223 for deer hunting [Re: Bissett]
sunsetroosters Offline
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Registered: 10/11/12
Posts: 823
i love them and will make a post at the end of the year with all the deer taken this year with an AR. my 12 yr old nephew just shot his first doe over thanksgiving at 100 yards with a 50gr .223 softpoint. the bullet did not exit but did leave blood trail and crushed rib on entry then destroyed the heart and broke 2 ribs trying to exit.deer ran 20 yards...

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#5472907 - 12/12/14 10:02 AM Re: .223 for deer hunting [Re: Bissett]
DuckCoach1985 Offline
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Registered: 10/09/13
Posts: 1414
Loc: SMTX
It's plenty. This topic has been worn out on here.. there's a bunch of guys who will say "absolutely not, it's too small, physics, you need knockdown power (whatever that is), etc, etc...". I've killed HUNDREDS of deer and hogs with my .223. Many out past 100 yards. Head shots on hogs drop them like rocks and shoulder blade shots will anchor deer in their tracks. It's not my only rifle, I have bigger, but I love my .223 and no one will convince me it's 'not enough gun'. I use Remington Core-Lokt 55 gr pt soft pt.


Edited by DuckCoach1985 (12/12/14 10:04 AM)
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#5472910 - 12/12/14 10:02 AM Re: .223 for deer hunting [Re: Bissett]
bow-man Offline
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Registered: 01/20/12
Posts: 145
Loc: South Texas
My kids are 8 and 10. They both use the same American Arms Kids size .223. They have killed whitetail bucks, does, and even a 30 inch Aoudad. They have not lost a single animal. My son shot a 148 inch 9 point last year that was an 8 year old deer and did not even run 40 yards after being shot. Its all about shot placement and distance. I don't let my kids shoot past 80-85 yards. I make sure animal is broadside or close to broadside and I make sure before we get in the blind,by reviewing game cam pictures, that they know were they are going to shoot the animal if the opportunity presents itself. Never lost one yet. But they practice before deer season. I just don't let them fire away in the fall, then not shoot for 8 months. I think .223 is plenty big for kids to use, but like Red Raider 3933 said above I am not comfortable with that caliber for myself and prefer a
30-06.

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#5472913 - 12/12/14 10:03 AM Re: .223 for deer hunting [Re: Bissett]
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