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#3164095 - 02/14/13 03:58 PM Anyone using .223 / 5.56 cal for deer hunting?
feldmutze
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Anyone?
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#3164111 - 02/14/13 04:19 PM Re: Anyone using .223 / 5.56 cal for deer hunting? [Re: feldmutze]
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If so, they should be ashamed. \:\) I'm partly joking - partly serious. I love 22 centerfires as groundhog shooting was my main hunting interest for years and still would be if we still had groundhogs. But that's what the 22 centerfires excel at and should be limited to. Shooting a deer with such a cartridge is pushing the limits too far. You have to use the very best controlled expansion bullets and limit shots to broadside only and even then you barely have enough of everything to make a clean kill. In other words you have a rifle that should only be used by the most experienced hunters who are very good shots. But most of these guns are going to be used by inexperienced shooters because they are easier to shoot because of their light recoil.

I know they are legal in TN but I think it was an irresponsible decision that our lawmakers made when they took away the 24 caliber minimum for deer.

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#3164170 - 02/14/13 05:13 PM Re: Anyone using .223 / 5.56 cal for deer hunting? [Re: Hunter 257W]
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 Originally Posted By: Hunter 257W
If so, they should be ashamed. \:\) I'm partly joking - partly serious. I love 22 centerfires as groundhog shooting was my main hunting interest for years and still would be if we still had groundhogs. But that's what the 22 centerfires excel at and should be limited to. Shooting a deer with such a cartridge is pushing the limits too far. You have to use the very best controlled expansion bullets and limit shots to broadside only and even then you barely have enough of everything to make a clean kill. In other words you have a rifle that should only be used by the most experienced hunters who are very good shots. But most of these guns are going to be used by inexperienced shooters because they are easier to shoot because of their light recoil.

I know they are legal in TN but I think it was an irresponsible decision that our lawmakers made when they took away the 24 caliber minimum for deer.


I know guys who take base of the head shots with .223. -either clean miss, or drop them.
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#3164230 - 02/14/13 06:24 PM Re: Anyone using .223 / 5.56 cal for deer hunting? [Re: Poser]
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I have killed several with a 223.. so have my kids.. its like every other caliber.... shot placement is the key to any humane kill...
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#3164296 - 02/14/13 07:15 PM Re: Anyone using .223 / 5.56 cal for deer hunting? [Re: pressfit]
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I tried but wasn't offered the shot in WI. I was hunting in a cedar swamp, long shot was 50 yards and I figure that round would do more damage than a broadhead.

I know several people that have used them in Texas.
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#3164309 - 02/14/13 07:30 PM Re: Anyone using .223 / 5.56 cal for deer hunting? [Re: Redfred16]
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No way! Yes it will kill and I'm sure lots have been but it is too small and everything would have to be perfect. I guess most people think my .338 is overkill but I hunt hard to only have a few encounters with mature bucks each year and I want to put the odds in my favor as much as I can.
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#3164357 - 02/14/13 08:15 PM Re: Anyone using .223 / 5.56 cal for deer hunting? [Re: mathews338]
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.223 has killed plenty of deer. If you aren't comfortable and competent with your shot, you could always over-compensate with a larger caliber.
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#3164593 - 02/15/13 05:15 AM Re: Anyone using .223 / 5.56 cal for deer hunting? [Re: -DRM-]
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Inuits in the arctic use them to hunt Polar Bears because of their "incredible knock-down power." Many people use .223s for much larger game than deer.
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#3164613 - 02/15/13 05:54 AM Re: Anyone using .223 / 5.56 cal for deer hunting? [Re: -DRM-]
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 Originally Posted By: -DRM-
.223 has killed plenty of deer. If you aren't comfortable and competent with your shot, you could always over-compensate with a larger caliber.
yep and you can you sit in your treestand and watch the biggest buck of your life just walk off because it didn't offer the perfect shot angle!

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#3164621 - 02/15/13 06:11 AM Re: Anyone using .223 / 5.56 cal for deer hunting? [Re: -DRM-]
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 Originally Posted By: -DRM-
.223 has killed plenty of deer. If you aren't comfortable and competent with your shot, you could always over-compensate with a larger caliber.


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