Originally Posted by diderr
With all due respect I still think its a wee bit small for big game hunting.
I concede that you may have a point, but I very much believe that shot placement
is worth a whole pile of caliber.
If I have to pick between shot placement with a smaller caliber I can handle, and a larger "adequate" caliber that will make me flinch (because I am 4 yrs. old) ... I'd go for the humane placement kill every time. In point of fact, we have obvious proof (in the form of a fantastic picture) that .223 is quite sufficient.
Generally speaking, I wouldn't recommend that people use .223 to go deer hunting. Having said that, this is clearly not a "general" situation given the amount of training and practice that went into the hunt.
Similarly, I would not generally recommend that people shoot at big game past 250-300 yards. That's because most "hunters" really shouldn't! Again, having said that, the people on these forums are very able to shoot at 4x-8x that distance ... because they put the training time in.
Everything is relative...
Qzilla: Thanks for the impromptu review on crickett rifles - I have been looking at buying three of them for my kids, but it sounds like I might be better off looking at a more custom solution. At the very least, I need to do some more homework.