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Ammo Test: .223 Rem. vs .30/30 for Whitetails
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I'll stick with the 30-30. das
October 30, 2014
Ammo Test: .223 Rem. vs .30/30 for Whitetails
by John Haviland


Even the iconic Savage 99 was chambered in .30/30, a testament to the cartridge's popularity with deer hunters. Photo from Corbis Images.

Is the .223 Rem. a viable deer cartridge? Legal for big game in some states, deemed inadequate—and prohibited—in others, it lies on a fault line that has spurred many a campfire debate. Let’s compare it to the .30/30 Winchester, which has more than a century of tried-and-true performance on deer, and see how it stacks up. http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/hunting...em-vs-3030
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Why the hell was his son hunting deer with a 55 grain varment bullet? It's all fine and good knowing that with that kind of bullet you have to make a good shot, but it's the job of the hunter to ensure the most humane kill possible. Something goes wrong and that light bullet hits bone or glances off a twig and doesn't hit that deer just right then you've made a massive tissue wound that will slowly and painfully kill that deer.
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Wasz;156224 Wrote:Why the hell was his son hunting deer with a 55 grain varment bullet? It's all fine and good knowing that with that kind of bullet you have to make a good shot, but it's the job of the hunter to ensure the most humane kill possible. Something goes wrong and that light bullet hits bone or glances off a twig and doesn't hit that deer just right then you've made a massive tissue wound that will slowly and painfully kill that deer.
I agree with you was. First use the correct caliber, not saying 223 or 556 isnt ok. Second only shoot when you know you can make a clean kill. Im not that desperate to take long range or running shots. It would bother me if I took a shot and only wounded an animal and it suffered. Just not my style.
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#4
Just my opinion but there is a reason .30 caliber and similar sized cartridges have remained popular for deer hunting. Just because you can use a .223 Remington cartridge doesn't mean you should.
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#5
I've had good results with a .243 for deer...but that's just my .02.Tongue

What I take in the field with me for deer really depends on where I'm going. I adjust caliber/length/weight accordingly.
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The proper bullet in 223 paired with a well trained shooter, will have no problem taking down a deer. Which is why I use a 12ga slug, every time.
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spblademaker;156338 Wrote:The proper bullet in 223 paired with a well trained shooter, will have no problem taking down a deer. Which is why I use a 12ga slug, every time.
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