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Old 11-19-2012, 05:21 PM
TxMulie10 TxMulie10 is offline
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I just bought a howa in .223 for hunting. I'm mostly going to be varmint and predator hunting with it but I want to take it deer hunting. Since there are an endless amount of choices for .223, I was wondering if y'all had any feed back for a good hunting round?
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:07 PM
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Judging from experiences from friends that used a 223 for deer I would shy away from doing so. I'm sure that a properly placed shot would do the job but it's just the power factor that concerns me. My .02 cents.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:35 PM
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I would look for a quality bullet tip. Such a small caliber needs weight retention to drive into the vitals. Personally i would take headshots. I handload for mine.

If i had to do it i would look at black hills ammo in around a 90 gr round.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:18 PM
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62g fusion will tear them up
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:28 PM
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If your going to use your 223 for deer you need to use a heavier constructed bullet. While not the best it can be done. You don't need to take head shots either. Put a good shot into the heart/lung area and you should be okay. Just remember that shot placement is key. Try the federal fusions or a nosler partition and see if your rifle likes either. Keep your shots at a decent range hopefully 100 yards or less.I don't know your shooting skills but avoid a risky headshot whether its a 223 or a 30/06 etc........
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:34 PM
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Also try the Hornaday 75 grain BTHP... Those should do a good job as well.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:39 PM
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No you dont need headshots. But personally i would take them. I have a open field and regularly target shoot 400+yds. A headshot does 2 things. 1 its a clean drop on the spot kill or a clean miss and 2 damages no meat. This is personal experience and preferance.
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