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#5996970 - 10/27/15 02:22 PM 223 vs 300 bo
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Registered: 04/14/09
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Loc: Palo Pinto
As I open this can of worms I ask this question. 223 or 300 Blackout for deer hunting this year up to 200 yards. Im trying to bowhunt most of the year but want to pack some heat to the stand if needed. Both guns shoot great 64 gr win psp and 125 gr nosler by. Here we go.

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#5997171 - 10/27/15 04:07 PM Re: 223 vs 300 bo [Re: 25-06]
Texas45 Offline
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Registered: 05/10/15
Posts: 30
Loc: Jasper County
I have hunted with both, I would not choose them for anything over 125 yards.

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#5997172 - 10/27/15 04:08 PM Re: 223 vs 300 bo [Re: 25-06]
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#5997227 - 10/27/15 04:34 PM Re: 223 vs 300 bo [Re: Texas45]
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Registered: 06/14/15
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Originally Posted By: Texas45
I would not choose them for anything over 125 yards.


This. I personally would take my 30-06 cause it works great on deer and hogs at that distance but it may not be in your arsenal. If I had to choose from those calibers I would probably take the 223. Herd to many bad stories about the blackout for hunting

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#5997229 - 10/27/15 04:39 PM Re: 223 vs 300 bo [Re: Texas45]
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Originally Posted By: Texas45
I have hunted with both, I would not choose them for anything over 125 yards.


So have I.125 is a number you have come by how?

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#5997235 - 10/27/15 04:42 PM Re: 223 vs 300 bo [Re: 25-06]
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I have only used the .223 out to about 165 yards with 55 grain Remington PSP. Killed a lot of deer with that combo in the past 6 yrs now. I shot all them hi-point of the shoulder or shoulder shots to break them down.
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#5997237 - 10/27/15 04:43 PM Re: 223 vs 300 bo [Re: 25-06]
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If you plan on head or neck shots either is perfectly capable but I would take the .223 since it has less drop out to 200 yards. Also ammo is cheaper.
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#5997319 - 10/27/15 05:14 PM Re: 223 vs 300 bo [Re: 25-06]
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I've killed deer with both, mostly under 150 yds. 300 BLK performs better in my opinion. Usually a complete pass thru, nice exit wound. The one deer I shot with a 55gr .223 sp bullet exploded about the time it entered the neck. Still ended up with a dead deer but I haven't shot one with it since. If I think I'm going to be shooting past 150 or so at a deer I'll usually take my 7x57.
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#5997330 - 10/27/15 05:19 PM Re: 223 vs 300 bo [Re: 25-06]
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Registered: 10/15/14
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300 blackout with 130 grain Barnes TSX..works good, my kids use it, and I use it from time to time...

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#5997581 - 10/27/15 07:30 PM Re: 223 vs 300 bo [Re: 25-06]
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Registered: 10/07/14
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You need to move up to a 75 grain HPBT Hornady Superformance for your load in the 5.56/.223... It will get the job done at 2900FPS... then you are good to go!

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#5998107 - 10/28/15 05:53 AM Re: 223 vs 300 bo [Re: 25-06]
Texas45 Offline
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Registered: 05/10/15
Posts: 30
Loc: Jasper County
Originally Posted By: 25-06
Originally Posted By: Texas45
I have hunted with both, I would not choose them for anything over 125 yards.


So have I.125 is a number you have come by how?


I like to keep my energy level somewhere north of 900, that is just a number I put on myself. I know deer can be killed with less energy, but I like to keep it as high as I can. Plus over the past several years I have helped look for lost deer, most were shot with the .223 at distances past 150.

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#5998118 - 10/28/15 06:23 AM Re: 223 vs 300 bo [Re: 25-06]
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Why not take your .25-06?
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That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#5998199 - 10/28/15 07:35 AM Re: 223 vs 300 bo [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Why not take your .25-06?


sounds like a reasonable question... popcorn
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#5998204 - 10/28/15 07:37 AM Re: 223 vs 300 bo [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I have only used the .223 out to about 165 yards with 55 grain Remington PSP. Killed a lot of deer with that combo in the past 6 yrs now. I shot all them hi-point of the shoulder or shoulder shots to break them down.


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#5998228 - 10/28/15 07:48 AM Re: 223 vs 300 bo [Re: 25-06]
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Another vote for the 6.8
I have all 3, they all work fine but the 6.8 is my preference based on experience.
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