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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)

IIRC, the kid I know who shoots one shoots soft points. I couldn't tell you what weight, but I'm sure it's heavy. She's killed three deer with it that I know of. None of them went anywhere.

ETA: I am by no means advising the use of a .223 though. Exit holes are EXTREMELY important IMO.
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dat yat
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
Smallest - 270
Slowest - 44 mag

My first squirrel gun was an old pre-WWII German 22hornet/28GA over/under and have always wondered what it would do on deer. But I see so few deer I would hate to waste an opportunity with a questionable load.


Rize
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
I would say .243 if I'm hunting for deer but if I happen to have my 22/250 with me I wouldn't hesitate to shoot a deer.


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trident
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
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interested in the response on the .223 as well. My son is nagging me to let him shoot a deer next year with my AR


I am not sure on the grain but it was with a AR with a scope, bullets were soft tipped (hunting rounds). Did have an exit wound and good amount of blood.

This round had a better exit wound then the 45-70 ballistic tip I used this past year. Barely any exit wound


this was the round being used for deer hunting:
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JAB528
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
I use my 22mag, only at night though.



civiltiger07
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
The owner of my LGS has let is son hunt with his AR for the last two seasons. his son has shoot at 5 deer and recovered all 5 of them. As long as you use good quality ammo (NO FMJ) and place the shot in the right spot a 223 will kill a deer. Also, the furthest shot his son made on a deer with the 223 was under 150yds.

The shot placement really matters more than caliber IMHO.

An AR with an adjustable stock is a great rifle for a youth because they are low recoil and the rifle can be adjusted to fit a young hunter.


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633tiger
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
My daughter shoots a 223. She has killed 3 100lb + nannies at 100yrd. (At the feeder). All 3 dropped dead. However, she takes after her mom and is an excellent shot. She aims high right behind the shoulder. On all 3 deer it clipped the bottom of the spine and the top of both lungs. Not sure what the results would be if the shot was lower with no spine damage. She shoots a 60 grain federal nosler partition.


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Slickback
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
I'd never buy a 243, but I wouldn't have a problem using one for deer. That is about as small as I'd go.



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SportTiger1
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
I haven't used anything smaller than a 270 in recent years, but i dont think i'd have a problem taking a 243 in the woods. I would prefer a 7-08 or larger though.


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ForeverLSU02
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
I've killed a deer with .22 hornet before. The smallest caliber that I'm comfortable shooting now is .243


bulldog95
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
Killed a big doe one time with .22 magnum single shot rifle from early 1900's.

I had am empty clip in my 30-06 and all I hadwas that other gun.


JAB528
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
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empty clip




Bama and Beer
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
Oh you mother frick



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Blue Velvet
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
Have only killed deer with a .223


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bulldog95
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empty clip


I have 2 identical guns and I picked up the wrong one.

Don't hate cause I know where to put a bullet for maximum efficiency and stopping power.


RATeamWannabe
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
Not hating, can I borrow your Garand?


taurusjwf
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
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interested in the response on the .223 as well. My son is nagging me to let him shoot a deer next year with my AR


mine too


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DrTyger
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
.223 will kill some does.


trident
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
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.223 will kill some deer.


FIFY



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bulldog95
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)
Not towards you the last part was to Obama & beer.


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