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Old November 13, 2012, 07:15 PM   #25
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If the kid is a good shot, I suppose a 223 would work Ok. Not the best round for deer, particularly for a sloppy shooter. My cousin (great shooter) made up a short barrelled and short LOP 223 single shot for his son and he took the time to teach his son how to shoot. The kid killed a lot of deer with that little rifle and all with one shot. On the other hand, a couple of my nephews tried to take deer with Dad's 223 Handi-rifle, but the kids were not good shooters, and they weren't using bullets of the quality available today. A lot of wounded deer were lost. I think that the 243 would allow for more shooter error, if that's a concern.
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