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JerryO
02-06-2012, 07:38 PM
Is a 223 cal rifle large enough for deer hunting and if so is it legal in Ky

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DH13
02-06-2012, 07:49 PM
Yes its big enough.The military use them everyday.You can kill a Deer with a 22 short if it hit in vital area.Yes it is leagle to hunt with.Im planning on starting this year with my AR.

pro5188
02-06-2012, 08:00 PM
a 223 will kill a deer as long hit it in a good kill shot, but i go with a 243 if you wont a flat gun and with not much re core but with good not down

Pollcat
02-06-2012, 08:27 PM
Is a 223 cal rifle large enough for deer hunting and if so is it legal in Ky

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Big enough and legal.....make sure you are shooting rounds designed for deer and not varmints.

1wildcatfan
02-06-2012, 08:59 PM
they became legal a few years ago. up until that time the minimum caliber was 243. with the advent of better constructed bullets, the 22 center fires became legit for deer. go with a partition or barnes bullet, and make a good shot. the others are designed to fragment on thin skin critters.

Ash12
02-07-2012, 11:16 PM
I use a .243 and I do not care to go any smaller. Can it be done? Probably but I choose to stick with a .243 instead.

rcox
02-08-2012, 05:41 AM
They have been legal for quite awhile, even .222 or any center fire rifle, even the .22 Hornet.

elkaholic
02-08-2012, 10:16 AM
Yes its big enough, but I hunt with a 30-06. I have killed deer with a 243 but just my opinion, if you get a marginal hit I would rather have a big hole to have a better bloodtrail than a small hole that might not bleed much.

KyBucks10
02-08-2012, 01:16 PM
I use a .243 and I do not care to go any smaller. Can it be done? Probably but I choose to stick with a .243 instead.

i use a 300. go big or go home. :)

Skyscraper
02-08-2012, 01:34 PM
Even though it is legal I would choose a different caliber. My daughter shot her first deer this past youth season with .223 at 60 yards right in the boiler room. I looked for days. Buddy of mine found him rabbit hunting over mile away.

KyBoarSlayer
02-08-2012, 01:56 PM
While legal, I would not recommend the 223 for deer hunting, regardless of bullet choice. Theres just so many better choices out there for a deer rifle. Will the 223 take deer, why yes, but do you have a really good chance of wounding one, perhaps irrecoverable, definitely. I have seen deer hit perfectly with a 223 and run quite a ways before expiring. One problem, no blood trail whatsoever. The small caliber just doesnt lend itself to ample blood trails. Now. before anybody gets upset, I also own a 223, several in fact. I just dont use them for deer hunting. Also note, yes the military uses them every day, but the military is also looking for a new caliber (bigger) for its service rifles. Personally I stick with .257 caliber and up for whitetail.

Pineridge
02-08-2012, 03:57 PM
While legal, I would not recommend the 223 for deer hunting, regardless of bullet choice. Theres just so many better choices out there for a deer rifle. Will the 223 take deer, why yes, but do you have a really good chance of wounding one, perhaps irrecoverable, definitely. I have seen deer hit perfectly with a 223 and run quite a ways before expiring. One problem, no blood trail whatsoever. The small caliber just doesnt lend itself to ample blood trails. Now. before anybody gets upset, I also own a 223, several in fact. I just dont use them for deer hunting. Also note, yes the military uses them every day, but the military is also looking for a new caliber (bigger) for its service rifles. Personally I stick with .257 caliber and up for whitetail.

I agree 100%, I hunted with my ar15 this year and refuse to do it again, its just to small of a caliber no matter what bullet you use.Trust me I tried alot of high dollar loads and they just don't leave a big enough hole.Its pitiful that they allow it.I put shots right where they need to be and still had to get down to finish them off, one sat overnight.A blast to shoot , just not at deer!

Junglekat
02-08-2012, 04:10 PM
I do not own one yet.But planing on getting one.Just not for deer hunting.

surfshark46
02-08-2012, 06:59 PM
I know a guy that uses a 22-250 and been gettin a deer last 3 years. The smallest deer caliber I use is a 7mm-08 Rem.

NWGAHUNTER
02-12-2012, 11:34 AM
My 10 year old son shot his first two deer this year with one. Two Bang Flops!! I believe in them for sure. He used Federal Vital Shok with a 60 gr partition.

meschott
02-12-2012, 11:51 AM
[QUOTE=KyBoarSlayer;2037151255]. I have seen deer hit perfectly with a 223 and run quite a ways before expiring. One problem, no blood trail whatsoever. The small caliber just doesnt lend itself to ample blood trails.

I definitely agree here. My neighbor's 13 year old boy used one and got hits on both a buck (that never had a blood trail and wasnt recovered) and a doe that didnt have a blood trail either but that i managed to recover. The bullets leave such a tiny hole and normally no exit wound it seems. If you want a smaller caliber to hunt with, go with the 22-250. They drop them in their tracks. good luck with whatever you go with.

GrouseAssasin
02-12-2012, 11:53 AM
In the words of my hero Troy Landry "choot em in da hed", or go with a bigger caliber. I personally use a .270. If something happened and I had to hunt with a smaller caliber I'd be real picky about getting a good shot. Bullet placement trumps size.