Originally Posted by J E Custom
A poorly placed shot with anything is bad and one cant depend on it bailing them out.
What I was talking about was running shots, high wind, poor conditions And Long ranges can all lead to poor hits. with larger bullets they are effected less and can make the difference under poor conditions
and can help with shot placement.
There is no substation for good shot placement.
In the hands of a competent shooter that knows his and the rifles limitations the 243 is plenty.
J E CUSTOM
That covers it in a nutshell. I hunted Michigan Deer for years with my 223 bolt Savage and shooting a 55 grain Hornady V-Max and they all went down, right now. No muss, no fuss. I put it where it needed to be. I've taken a lot of flak over hunting deer with a varnmit rifle but it works. No snap shots, take my time and get it right there. I've handgunned deer too. My 44 Smith is wicked at 50-75 yards.
I've stepped up to a 308 but the 223 is a reliable killer with proper placement.
I know a fella that dropped an 8 point buck with a 10-22 Ruger carbine at around 50 yards. Zipped him right through the eyeball crossways and scrambled his noodle (what little noodle a deer has).....
I certainly don't recommend deer hunting with a 22, but it can be accomplished.