Thread: How about .223?
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Old March 22, 2013, 12:01 AM   #22
dsa1115
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IMO a .223 is at best a marginal deer caliber and only makes sense on small deer, under 250 yards and with a heavy bullet. A .308 delivers significantly more energy and at longer ranges. If you're recoil sensitive to a .308 but want more energy and range than a .223, I think you should consider a .243 or better yet a 7mm-08. I've taken many large deer with the 7mm-08 and 2 elk at short range, and the 7mm-08 recoil is mild.
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