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What can't .223 kill?

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Old 07-25-2010, 09:19 AM
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Re: What can't .223 kill?

The bigger the betteri don`t want any of my targets walking away.
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:43 AM
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Re: What can't .223 kill?

Well ROBSTER, its like this Goats are lite game no tougher than people chest wise and I took my .308Win out one time on a goat hunt and had more wounded goat than I had ever had? its a matter of trust my .223 Custom Sako L461 That I trust its perfect For this game and the load is Taylor made me them there goats its rear for me to have a wounded goat with my pet loads in my pet gun While I may take 6 to 10 runs on a bush camping trip over 5 days with the best intention of using some thing different come goat hunting time 9 times out of 10 the rest get left at camp and the 223 Sako go's with me, Like I said its all about trust I know that little gun will do every thing that I ask of it out to 300m and at times its been pushed out to some what more than that? It took me nearly ten years to get around to hunting goats with my 358Win custom Tikka M-55 with my home swaged Jacketed bullet and my own design of built in muzzle brake, I kept promising my self that I would do that, it finally happened after ten years and only because I made my self leave the Sako 223 at home and not take it at all, my fellow hunter thought that I must have not been well as for me to do that just was not heard of?? Cheers to all
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:55 PM
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Re: What can't .223 kill?

If the #1 elk cartridge is 30-06 180 gr, then a .223 is overkill for the biggest mule buck.

That flies in the face of conventional wisdom, because what is really going on is we carry all the rifle with can.

A boy's rifle weighs less than 5 pounds.
A man's rifle weighs less than 10 pounds.

It is just no fun to carry any more than that.

So we shoot mule deer with a 270, because we can make an accurate 270 with less than 10 pounds and a man can carry it.

The reason we don't normally hunt big deer with a .223 is that we can carry something heavier.
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:02 PM
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Re: What can't .223 kill?

My dad has regularly taken white tail, feral hog and coyote with 50gr VMax from a .22-250. We have since set him up with 130gr Accubond from a 270 WSM.

I shot a button buck with 50gr Federal bulk from AR at 100 yards. He dropped dead. He didn't run off like several 7mm Mag gut shot animals from others I hunt with.

It's possible, with the right shot, to take animals with .223. But why not give yourself some insurance with a bigger bullet with more retained velocity down range?
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Old 08-14-2010, 03:50 PM
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Re: What can't .223 kill?

I know shot placement is key and ballistic charts are gospel.....but bullets in flesh speaks for itself. I have killed numerous whitetails with a 223 shooting 52gr matchkings. I have never had one take a step after being shot square in the neck...not head not upper neck but square in the neck. I would not pass a shot at elk or moose with this set up. Call me crazy, but I have used this out to 400 yds on deer and would not hesitate a further shot. Call it unethical but I know my equipment and shoot it every week and I know for a fact, bullets into blood, what it will do.

I know the matchkings and bergers are target bullets but some know what I am talking about.
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:14 PM
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Re: What can't .223 kill?

I have killed 209 pigs this year so far with a single shot 223 with 55gr hornadysxsp and 27.5 gr varget all one shot kills from 35 to 379 pounds from 15 to 186 yards. This same load will pass completly through 1/4 inch steel plate (if the plate is fixed solid) at 100 yards and rip a 100 pound pigs head apart. I hunt with a 223 alot and if you hunt smart,take good shots with proper placement I dont thing God designed an animal that would survive a head or neck shot from one.
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Old 08-16-2010, 02:17 PM
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Re: What can't .223 kill?

A bullet into flesh educated man speaks.....after my own heart. Where are you located sir?
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