Re: What can't .223 kill?
Well placed bullet out of the .223 for 200 yds max.
For the expert shooter, there is no limit.
After my second year shooting Prairie Dogs, I never worried about range when it came to deer hunting again.......If you can see it, you can hit it.
(If you, rifle, ammo, scope, wind etc are good)
We shoot every week.
For the unusual caliber test.
We put up 11" china dinner plates @ 900 yds, hanging them from tree limbs with duct tape.
The .223 with 40 gr V-Max loaded to max would crumble the 11" plate with one shot.
The 22-250 with 40 gr V-Max loaded to 4135fps would put 3-4 holes in plate before breaking plate completely.
The 220 swift loaded with 40 V-Max loaded to 4300 fps would put 4-6 shots through plate before breaking completely.
The 22-243 AI with 40 gr V-Max loaded to 5200 fps would not hit the plate, blowing up in flight or missing completely. Yes vapor trails every shot!
I work at arsenal for year making ammo.
The .223 would penatrate a helmet @ 1000 yds with the right ammo.
Also snipers from all branches could shoot 100 rounds of .223 @ 1000 yds and put all of them in a 5"x 5" target with select saws ammo.
Big deal right, Savage does it all the time with their new rifles.
In one of my old Jack Oconnor books, Jacks friend was shooting Brown Bear in Alaska with Jack and using a 22-250, 42 gr bullets. First shot hit rib, second shot went between ribs and killed the Brown Bear, very large Bear.
Bullet placement is what its all about.
I have killed whitetail deer in Missouri out to 530 yds using 60 gr partition bullet with my 22-250, my neighbor shot a doe at 800 yds with his 22-250 and a 50 gr V-Max bullet. Why 800 yds, we have a 900 yds shooting area, the doe walked out at 800, I witnessed.
I have killed a 135 lb doe at 175 yds with .223 and a 50 gr. sp bullet.