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Old 10-16-2017, 07:51 PM   #1
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I inherited a Remington 700 in 223 with a bull barrel this year and I was thinking about trying it out on some whitetail this year. Normally I shoot a 30.06 or 30/30

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Old 10-16-2017, 07:55 PM   #2
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Just as lethal as anything else as long as it's a good shot. Having said that, usually not an exit wound so no blood trail.


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Old 10-16-2017, 07:55 PM   #3
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I shoot them with a 222 so I'm sure a 233 will work
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:55 PM   #4
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It will do the trick. Problem is the shot placement is a must. Smaller bullet less blood/vitals damage. If you have hogs its a great gun for them!!
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:56 PM   #5
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Have killed a few with it, 20+ I guess. There are lots of bullets that will work pretty good on them, do you reload or going woth factory fodder?
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:58 PM   #6
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My boys have killed 5 or 6 with one. Never had a problem.
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Old 10-16-2017, 07:59 PM   #7
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As a kid I killed plenty of deer and hogs out to 100 yards or so with a little single shot 223. With a quality bullet and good shot placement a it's fine for whitetail.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:00 PM   #8
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Yep. My daughter has killed plenty along with a bunch of pigs.

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Old 10-16-2017, 08:00 PM   #9
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I have killed alot of deer with a 223. Double lung/heart or frontal heart shot will do the trick. There will be blood out of the nose and mouth.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:02 PM   #10
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My better half’s primary rifle is a Howa .223. She’s probably the exception, but has killed 30-35 deer with it and has never lost one. She shoots neck if they’re close and high shoulder if they’re past 100. If it ain’t broke....

We don’t have massive deer here by any means, but I’ve seen it drop multiple 200lb bucks like a bad habit.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:04 PM   #11
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Great deer round. As said before usually no exit therefore no blood trail. I reload a 60 gn. Nosler Partition and would have my son shoot them high in the shoulder. Dropped a lot of deer with that round. Black hills ammo makes that round if you don't reload.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:04 PM   #12
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Hand loads with 55 grain Barnes TSX bullets will blow through both shoulders on a broadside shot. My kids killed several South Texas bruisers with it when they were younger. Even with the exit wound there was never a great blood trail but I doubt any of the ones they killed ever made it over 50 yards and most fell within sight. Also, we never lost one that they pulled the trigger on.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:05 PM   #13
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I've killed 15 or so deer with a .22 Hornet, so no problem on the 223. I would use a hunting bullet not military ball ammo or a varmint load.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:20 PM   #14
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Yes. Shoot them looking away right between the ears.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:22 PM   #15
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I am not a reloader so I would be going with the heaviest bullet I can find like a Winchester 69-grain JSP or Hornady 60-grain V Max
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:24 PM   #16
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64 grain soft point neck shot. DRT!
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:24 PM   #17
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.223 is perfectly legal and many deer are killed with them. If you have a 30.06 or 30/30 I would use one of them.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:25 PM   #18
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Hornady Black in 75 grain.

just picked up 2 boxes will let ya know how they do.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:26 PM   #19
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http://www.barnesbullets.com/ammunition/vor-tx-rifle/

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Old 10-16-2017, 08:31 PM   #20
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looks like buffalo bore makes some hot and heavy rounds too

https://www.buffalobore.com/index.ph...duct_list&c=41
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:35 PM   #21
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Yep, probably @ 20-30, most center mass in the shoulder, never run past 40 yards.


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Old 10-16-2017, 08:35 PM   #22
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:38 PM   #23
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I wouldn't shoot the 60gr v-max more of a varmint round. Shoot a leaded soft point. Like a core-loc type bullet.
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:50 PM   #24
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I never have, but my son will be assuming he can hit a pie plate (8") 7 outta 10 times between now and mid nov. teaching him to aim for a high shoulder shot to deliver shock to the top of the vitals, central nervous system and structure.

To be honest, I'm a bit nervous, sorta wish now I had gottwn him a .243 or 7mm-08.

He will be shooting 62 gr Fusions
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Old 10-16-2017, 08:53 PM   #25
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Shoot Hornady whitetail hunter 62gr. and they will die. PROMISE!!!!

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Old 10-16-2017, 08:57 PM   #26
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Shoot Hornady whitetail hunter 62gr. and they will die. PROMISE!!!!

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Old 10-16-2017, 09:03 PM   #27
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Shoot Hornady whitetail hunter 62gr. and they will die. PROMISE!!!!

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Deer won't die if the bullet doesent go bang! Have half a box for my son's Savage .223 and AT LEAST 30% or more have been failure to fire with solid strike marks on the primer. I had 3 in a row yesterday at the range.
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:15 PM   #28
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I’ve shot many deer with a .220 swift. Never an issue. I always try to ask the deer if they prefer the swift, 25-06 or 6.5 CM but I never get an answer.
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Old 10-16-2017, 09:50 PM   #29
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Killed a truck load with both 223 and 22-250. Kid shot about 40 last year on a MLD ranch. said he didn't like any. He mostly neck shoots though
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:19 PM   #30
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I was skeptical at first but both of my boys killed their first deer with a single shot .223. One dropped and other only made it about 40 yards. Good placement is key.


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Old 10-16-2017, 10:20 PM   #31
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I've shot many deer w a .22-.250 over the years. No problem.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:23 PM   #32
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I shot my first deer with a .223. 100 yards in the lung and she went down at 30 yards.


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Old 10-16-2017, 10:23 PM   #33
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Hand loads with 55 grain Barnes TSX bullets will blow through both shoulders on a broadside shot. My kids killed several South Texas bruisers with it when they were younger. Even with the exit wound there was never a great blood trail but I doubt any of the ones they killed ever made it over 50 yards and most fell within sight. Also, we never lost one that they pulled the trigger on.
Does the trick every time.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:30 PM   #34
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Try this and let me know how it works...

https://www.federalpremium.com/ammun...phy-bonded-tip
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:32 PM   #35
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Kids and I have put around 100 deer in the freezer over the last 15 years or so. Not a single loss. A .223 Savage with 55 gr V-max. My barrel doesn't have enough twist for heavier bullet. Plenty of shoulder shots even out to 300 yds. We always shy away from quartering toward shots. Just put it where it counts.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:37 PM   #36
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I am not a reloader so I would be going with the heaviest bullet I can find like a Winchester 69-grain JSP or Hornady 60-grain V Max

There are numerous factory loads that will work well for the 223 on deer, Federal loads the 60gr partition, Remington the 64gr Nosler Bonded in their hog loads, Winchester 64gr power point is another good one. Just about all I have shot with the partition have had an exit with the critters will to survive going right out with it.

The light recoil makes it a pleasure to shoot accurately as well.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:41 PM   #37
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Kids and I have put around 100 deer in the freezer over the last 15 years or so. Not a single loss. A .223 Savage with 55 gr V-max. My barrel doesn't have enough twist for heavier bullet. Plenty of shoulder shots even out to 300 yds. We always shy away from quartering toward shots. Just put it where it counts.
I think you may be surprised at how well that rifle handles a heavier 62 gr bullet. My son has an Axis in .223 and it shoots fusion 62gr pretty well. 4 shot groups about an 1", and I believe it would be tighter if it weren't for the messy trigger on that gun
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:42 PM   #38
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My daughter has taken deer, pigs, and some exotics with her 223 up to 150 yds, took both lungs stopped on the other side just under the hide.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:48 PM   #39
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60gr NP or the 62gr whitetail load. Both are deadly.
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Old 10-16-2017, 10:49 PM   #40
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Go with the Nosler, Barnes, or 64gr PP and you should be good to go .
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Old 10-16-2017, 11:12 PM   #41
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My kids killed a ton of deer with a 223 when they were little. Barnes TSX bullets were by far the best I ever found for that gun.
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Old 10-17-2017, 12:39 AM   #42
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I started all my kids on a 223 bolt gun. I have one kid left to learn on it. It will kill a deer cornbread dead and do so with ease. The best bullet I have found is a Sierra 55 gr SP. It is freakin' volatile. Shoot one in the base of the neck for DRT or behind the shoulder for a pretty vicious exit wound and a solid blood trail. It will kill anything you shoot with it.
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Old 10-17-2017, 01:14 AM   #43
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I cull quite a few doe every year with my 223. Works very well, no penetration issues. You can drop'em with shoulder shots or put it behind the shoulder through the lungs and they will run a bit. Just like with any rifle. I shoot 55 gr hornady soft points. Plenty of gun for deer at reasonable ranges.
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Old 10-17-2017, 05:55 AM   #44
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On MLD land I have killed a lot of antlerless and cull bucks with the .223 and 55 grain Remington SP. Everyone was shot with a point of the shoulder shot.
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Old 10-17-2017, 06:00 AM   #45
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My .223 has 30+ deer on it. Even have to fight my dad and uncle to use it they like how small and light it is for the long hikes.


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Old 10-17-2017, 06:47 AM   #46
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I have killed plenty of Hill Country deer with a .223, for me, base of the neck works best, heart shoot them and they die, but no exit wound makes them difficult to track. Just my thoughts.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:20 AM   #47
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younger cousins have passed around a Rossi single shot .223 rifle-has to beat least 15-20 deer killed with it -I witnessed a stout eight pointer go down in about eight yards.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:23 AM   #48
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Glad everyone has posted here, and OP thanks for the quesiotn. I have a Browning .223 that I took a few deer with as a kid, and my wife has been talking about shooting it this season. We have seen a couple good bucks, and I am considering letting her carry the .223
I bow hunt almost exclusively all season now. Can Someone explain the high shoulder shot that has been mentioned a few times? Only shots I ever did was neck up close to the head, or armpit for heart.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:30 AM   #49
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Deer won't die if the bullet doesent go bang! Have half a box for my son's Savage .223 and AT LEAST 30% or more have been failure to fire with solid strike marks on the primer. I had 3 in a row yesterday at the range.
Was it just one box? I've shot two boxes at hogs and other varmints over the summer, testing them for my daughter to shoot a deer with and never had a problem. Most bullets exited even large boar.
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:15 AM   #50
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I have shot a few and DRT on the spot But ... I use premium Ammo 64 Gr TSX and chose my shot (Neck or Lungs)
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