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Old 11-26-2012, 07:48 AM
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I've got to agree with Timberghost & Huntingman, the .223 caliber is a poor choice for whitetail deer and a headshot is also a bad idea.
If all you think you have is a headshot, just don't shoot until a more ethical shot presents itself.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:53 AM
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I have a 243 along with many other guns in larger calipers but i love to predator that's why I got the .223 and that will be my main use for it but my buddy has land and needs to take about 20does for management reasons and that's all ill be shooting with it. And our does down here are on average 100-125lbs so I was thinking it would be fine for that.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:29 AM
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Like Bruce I also agree .223 is not a good whitetail round
I am not even a fan of the .243 for deer but I would not go less then the .243 as hunters/sportsman I feel we owe it to others & the animal to make an ethical & as quick kill as possible.
have read articles that state the .223 round is adequate for deer but my $.02 I woudn't use it
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:20 AM
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the .243 is my favorite round. I have shot several deer with my 243 and have dropped every single one of them in their tracks. 2 years ago I shot my biggest deer ver with my 243 and dropped him in his tracks. He was 186 yds away and he field dressed 285 and my 243 smoked him. I just made my longest shot on thanksgiving with my 243, I dropped a buck in his tracks at 427 yards. It is all shot placement and i personally love the 243.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:22 AM
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I miss typed, my big buck field dressed 245!
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:32 AM
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I agree it is shot placement & If you shoot a lot & have good equipment it can be done with a .22 but a lot of hunters don't put the time in that they should I know a lot of people who pull their bows & rifles out a week before the season & start shooting
they will be a couple inches off & say good enough & they are benching the rifle & I am assuming at 427 yards you are not free handing the rifle here in the northeast you have only a couple seconds a lot of times & shots are usually freehand no shooting sticks & thick woods so I guess maybe out west it could be ok but I can say I would not want a .223 here in NH
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:31 PM
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My dad and I shoot a lot year round. That's what we do to have some time together. We practice shooting in all positions and when I took my deer thanksgiving I was freehand. And I know luck had played into it but I also did my research on my scope and ammo and practice a lot at many different ranges
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My dad and I shoot a lot year round. That's what we do to have some time together. We practice shooting in all positions and when I took my deer thanksgiving I was freehand. And I know luck had played into it but I also did my research on my scope and ammo and practice a lot at many different ranges
well thatis a very nice shot freehand I have taken flack for the distance I have taken deer with my bow longest shot 53 yards but I shoot pretty much all year long & out to 70 yards so I know what I & my equipment are capable of
don't take this the wrong way just asking why do you say Luck played a part?
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I think I say luck played a part in it just bc I've never taken a shot that far while I was actually hunting and was kind of in awe that I was able to pull it off and and make a nice ethical Jill while my adrenaline was pumping. It was by far my best shot to date
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As long as you put the bullet where it needs to go (not a headshot) and you only take broadside shots, 223 will do just fine. A Barnes TSX in 55, 62 or 70gr depending on you barrels twist rate will do great. The Federal Fusion and Winchester PowerPoint are also supposed to be good ones.

Here's a good thread about the subject - 223- Deer Hunting Rounds - Page 1 - AR15.COM

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