223 rifle

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by JerryO, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. JerryO

    JerryO 6 pointer

    Oct 10, 2005
    Somerset, Ky
    Is a 223 cal rifle large enough for deer hunting and if so is it legal in Ky

  2. DH13

    DH13 12 pointer

    Jan 13, 2012
    Shelby county
    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.
  3. pro5188

    pro5188 6 pointer

    Mar 24, 2011
    lawerence co KY
    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
  4. Pollcat

    Pollcat 8 pointer

    Mar 29, 2005
    Big enough and legal.....make sure you are shooting rounds designed for deer and not varmints.
  5. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

    Jan 2, 2009
    raised n Bullitt Co.
    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.
  6. Ash12

    Ash12 10 pointer

    Oct 21, 2007
    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.
  7. rcox

    rcox Fawn

    Sep 13, 2011
    Bath County, Ky
    They have been legal for quite awhile, even .222 or any center fire rifle, even the .22 Hornet.
  8. elkaholic

    elkaholic 10 pointer

    Jan 12, 2012
    Pendleton County
    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.
  9. KyBucks10

    KyBucks10 12 pointer

    Dec 5, 2008
    Burgin, Kentucky
    i use a 300. go big or go home. :)
  10. Skyscraper

    Skyscraper Fawn

    Dec 19, 2007
    Hardin County
    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.
  11. KyBoarSlayer

    KyBoarSlayer Fawn

    Feb 1, 2011
    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.
  12. Pineridge

    Pineridge 6 pointer

    Nov 5, 2007
    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!
  13. I do not own one yet.But planing on getting one.Just not for deer hunting.
  14. surfshark46

    surfshark46 6 pointer

    Jul 31, 2010
    Lexington Ky
    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 6 pointer

    Dec 9, 2009
    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.
  16. meschott

    meschott 6 pointer

    Sep 24, 2011
    Calvert City
  17. GrouseAssasin

    GrouseAssasin 12 pointer

    Aug 1, 2009
    Jackson, ky
    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.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2012

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