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



the 22-250 thread got me thinking.. and while i have never used one on deer myself i know some that do. so what is the smallest (legal) rifle caliber you use on deer lets say in the last 5 years, i dont want go get into when you were 12 and hunted the first time.

for me i have a 243 that i use for calling some coyote. i take it from time to time deer hunting and with 100grain have not lost a single deer.







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


17hmr





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Bama and Beer
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243 won't kill a deer





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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Used a .25-06 for two years.

Wasn't impressed at all. Sold it.






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strentz85
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re: what is the smallest caliber you use for deer? (spinoff)


I have killed plenty of deer with a 22-250. Shot a buck about 275 yards with it when i was younger.





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oleyeller
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quote:

17hmr


damit i said legal






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34venture
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quote:

legal


I'm out.






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Springfield XD
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quote:

243 won't kill a deer



Not sure if serious.






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Bama and Beer
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So says the OB

I've put down numerous deer with a 243.






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oleyeller
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i have no prob with a 243, 100 grain in the vitals will lay er down





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007mag
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Have used .243-08 but now I shoot a 1250cal Slick Trick





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trident
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.223





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Bama and Beer
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1250cal






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oleyeller
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.223


how were your results? i dont know anyone that has used this. what ammo? grain?






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


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





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Kilt 3 when I was 7-9 with my .243

Now all I use is 30-06






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007mag
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After contemplating the "how much you spend" thread. I'm glad my bullets can be picked up, sharpened and used again.





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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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It's pretty typical "small and fast" results.

They work, but rarely exit.






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offshoretrash
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I am a big fan of lighter grain bullets that shoot very fast. But having said that I would not use anything below 100gr high quality bullet shooting under 2700 fps. The reason is if you hit a shoulder with that light grain bullet it may not penetrate. This is the main reason why I stopped letting my kids shoot my 22-250.

Yeah in my younger days I have killed deer with a 22lr and even No6 squirrel shot but I would not recommend them as every day hunting rounds.






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oleyeller
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It's pretty typical "small and fast" results. They work, but rarely exit.


what bullet/grain? exit isnt all that important as long as you can get the shot where its supposed to be






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