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Old March 11, 2013, 11:20 AM   #55
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If you use 1000ft/lbs as the amount of energy you need to take down a deer, a 223 bullet in the 70gr range will have that energy out to around 200yards.

At around 200yards a 75gr 223 bullet will have more energy than a 150gr 30-30 bullet
..... just make sure the gun will feed and stabilize a bullet that long.

My thought is still "Happiness is having enough."

A lefty bolt gun off a consignment rack in .243WIN or bigger would likely be considerably less than the cost of a new Levergun ..... and offer much better ballistics and terminal energy. It would certainly be less than 1/2 the cost of a suitable AR at current prices.

For what AR's are running, you could buy a reloading set-up and a lifetime supply of components.
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