Best round for deer??? .223 Remington

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  1. polishshooter

    polishshooter Active Member

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    MY 13 year old niece last year got her first buck from a treestand with her Dad in PA with a .223...it took two shots, she MISSED with the first....LOL;)

    In PA it is any centerifre rifle, not a semi-auto.

    One of the most popular deer rifles in PA is the .222, and can double as your turkey rifle.
  2. WHSmithIV

    WHSmithIV Well-Known Member

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    Guys - I don't get so technical about shooting a deer. For me the best round for a deer is whatever rifle I have available with ammunition to shoot it. I have my 30/30 and I use it for everything. Deer, wolves, Elk.... Since it is the only rifle I have - it is the best for shooting a deer - or anything else for that matter that I would use a rifle for.....

    I suppose one of these days I'll get a .22 for local varmints. Until then they'll just have to explode with 38 specials.
  3. Diamondback

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    I've dropped deer with virtually everything from a .257 to a .458. The majority were taken with .30 cals. I follow Elmer Keith's advice. He preferred .30 cals and up for big game and .35 cals and up for self defense. I have heard too many ' I know I hit but I couldn't find a blood trail' from the gentlemen who used the smaller calibers. Give me a .30-30, .308, .30-06 or larger. I do like the .22's for plinking and small game. I have never owned a
    .223 and probably never will. JMPHO.
  4. Zhurh

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    I have a buddy up hunting with us along the Yukon right now, from Western Pa. He is quite impressed with my 6.8 stag AR; but in Pa they can't hunt with AR's; unreal how back East has become I'd say.

    I have killed a bunch of caribou, bear, and a few wolves with the 6.8; 110 ttsx, 29.5 grains H322; goes 2780 outta the barrel. I really like having a 10 rounder in the gun too, so forgiving and with acog for quick shots, you have plenty of backup shots too if need be.

    We use to hunt with 223's but stopped after getting the 6.8 stag. We have 6 223's in ARs & mini 14s; they sit in gun vault, haven't been fired for last couple years. Wish they were all 6.8s too.
  5. srt 10 jimbo

    srt 10 jimbo New Member

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    I use a Kimber 243 for Deer down in South Florida and anywhere from a 17HMR to a 45/70 for hogs.
  6. Sandman

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    Federal premium makes .223 loads with 60gr Nosler Partition and I think they have a load with either the 53 or 60 gr Barnes TSX. I would use one of those.
  7. Caneman

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    Barnes 62gr TSX 3100 fps, would like to try it on deer someday, devastates yotes
  8. alex.cirabisi

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    a .223 will take a deer down. From what I am told from the older gents in my area is that they are a good round, but a bad shot can result in losing the deer. Most common with the group I hunt with is 300 mag versions such as ultra, belted, and WSM. I use my lever action 30-30 for brush hunting and longer range with scope i head out with a 30-06.

    You can find all rifles in a decent price range, but the rounds get expensive. I hardly spend more than $20 a box for 30-30 and no more than $45 for 30-06. Weatherby has some excellent prices on their rifles, but I am not completely sure how they are. I am considering getting a .308 from weatherby
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