Can I use a.223 for deer hunting?

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  1. Russ FimbingerGrandp

    Russ FimbingerGrandp

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    I am thinking about using my Ruger model 77 in .223 caliber for deer hunting this year. Any thoughts or comments? Thanks for the input.
     
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    Not in the "Limited Firearms Zone" rest of the state no restrictions on caliber....just no 22 or smaller rimfire....
    Premium copper or bonded bullet would be a smart choice....
    I've shot truck loads of deer on "anterless cull permits" with 223 and 22-250 its a better choice to step up to a 243 its been my choice for decades....leaves a better blood trail if needed....
     
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    The .243 in 100gr has probably killed more whitetail across America than the 30-30. Sweet caliber to shoot deer with. I love mine.
     
  6. Russ FimbingerGrandp

    Russ FimbingerGrandp

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I will do a search.
     
  7. Cat Power

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    I’ve never used a 223, but I do have a fast twist 22-250 and I would use it for deer with a 62 grain Barnes TTSX bullet.
     
  8. Mole Hill

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    If you can shoot and hit the vitals it's a great deer gun I still believe .22's had great success on killing deer it's shot placement that matters.
     
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    Yeah, kinda workable, good bullets, reasonable range, good shot placement. If into 200+ yard ‘hail Mary’ shots, not the best choice.
     
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    Yes and it will work fine. Use a well constructed bullet like a 62 gr Federal Fusion or 62 or 75gr Speer Gold Dot or find some 64 gr bsb from Nosler.. and go hunting. Use good shot placement ( think bow shots) stay away from high shoulder shots and hard angles and you will be fine..

    I have killed 15+ deer with mine without hiccup. Longest distance traveled after the shot was around 50+/- yards and all that did run had decent blood trails..
     
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  11. Gone Coastal

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    With the heaviest bullet ya can find, keep shots within 150 yds, pick shots like a bow hunter. If ya have a heavier caliber rifle that ya shoot well leave the 223 for coyotes , targets and vermin. The 223 is accurate enough for long range but Light bullets become poorer performers when range is extended and bone or muscle are hit. I don’t own one but a good friend works at a deer hunting ranch and they do use 22-250sto cull the heard. All neck shooting at close range.