I would not use a .223 on deer.
223 has been legal in most of the states I have lived in but I have never used one. If using a AR platform I would probably opt for a different upper in 458 SOCOM or possibly 300 Blackout.
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I would not use a .223 on deer.
its all about location,, location,, location of the bullet. I have gave my opinion and my 40 experience killing deer lately with the hot 22s all I will say is yes they work,,,,,,,,,
I have never harvested an animal but I have KILLED QUITE A FEW !
everybody has a plan until they get hit in the mouth,,mike Tyson,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
My cousin in law in Connecticut takes his deer every season with an 1894 Marlin CL (?) in 25-20 every year with a neck shot. Ranges are close, dense woods. Won the Gun at a Duck Unlimited event. Last time I saw him he was on his second box of ammo. Only shoots ammo into a deer. Never target shoots it. One bullet, one deer for more than 20 years!
Uh, yes, a .223 is more than adequate with appropriate shot location and range.
Can't legally use an AR-15 for deer in VA. I wouldn't use it anyway since black bear are in the area. I have taken the AR-10 out to the stand--it can get the job done.
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Considering the type of terrain I've hunted for the last 60yrs(NE Penna.), and using the three bears analogy, having the choice of .222, .243, .250/3000, .30-30, .32sp, .35Rem, .270, .30-06, 8mm, and having used all but the .222 for deer, the .30-30, .32sp and .35Rem would be just right.
I have taken a few deer with my .223. I only used it from tree stands where the cover isn't super dense. One deer, double lunged went about 60 yards with no blood trail. Now a days I have a 458 Socom upper that I use on that lower if I'm going after deer or hogs. The 325 or 420 grain cast boolits I load in it are good for anything in the lower 48.
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Put a good bullet where it needs to go and have your knife ready.
By good bullet I mean a Barnes in the 53gr+ range, a GMX in the 55+range, Swift, 62gr Fusion, etc. Typically, these will break both shoulder and exit, they will also typically exit on quartering to/away shots.
I say typically because things happen.
I have recovered a few bullets from deer. I have never recovered an 80gr GMX/TTSX or a 95gr Ballistic Tip from my .243's. I have several .358" 200's, .452" 260-300's, and a 458" 300gr laying on my bench. Most times they exit, sometimes they don't.
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The 223 was first a varmint cartridge. You know to shoot prairie dogs, wood chucks, fox and coyote and such. Some how it got turned into a weapon of war for shooting men with the 556. Now people want to shoot big game with it. Nobody is going to stop you from using it but maybe have a little common sense.
All this being said I'm pretty sure a 22lr has killed more game then all the other calibers combined. Doesn't make it right.