View Full Version : .223 Deer Ammunition

October 28, 2007, 12:22 PM
I own a mini 14 which i would like to take deer hunting this year. Federal has a factory loaded Vital Shock 60 gr. nosler partition bullet that they claim is good for hunting medium game(whitetail deer, mule deer, antelope, and black bear according to them). Also Winchester has the 64 gr. power point which is also supposably capable of taking deer. What do you guys think about this? Anyone ever used these bullets? Any other suggestions on bullet type? Thanks!

October 28, 2007, 12:33 PM
Heavier is better as long as your rifle has the right twist to stabilize the bullet.

October 28, 2007, 12:38 PM
I have a friend who has used the 64gr Power Point load in his Mini-14 to take two whitetails that I know of. I dont know any of the specifics about the hunts or how well they shoot in his gun, just know that he has used the load a few times effectively.

October 28, 2007, 12:49 PM
With the correct shot placement that round should take deer with no problem.

Art Eatman
October 29, 2007, 10:37 AM
Hunter06, there are several threads on this subject which are fairly current. If not on this page, try Pages 2 & 3. You don't even need the Search feature.

I'd limit my use of a .223 to smaller deer, not for mulies, for sure. I'd not recommend it for bear, given the thicker hides and heavier bones. And antelope are commonly a bit far away for a .223 to be righteous. IMO, anyway.