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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 11-23-2011, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Light caliber rifle for deer?

Has any one used a .204, 222, 223 or 22-250 on deer? Mainly the .204, I was thinking of using my .204 on sika deer but wondering about the knock down power.
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Re: Light caliber rifle for deer?

Well my 9 year old uses a .223. He shoots 60 grain nosler partitions out of it. Last year he made a clean kill at 80 yards on a buck the first day of rifle season. That deer was dead before the shot was done echoing. I can't help you on the .204, but from what I've read about it I don't think I would try using it on deer.
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Re: Light caliber rifle for deer?

i have shot many deer with a 222 and a 22-250 it is all in the placement of the bullet
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Re: Light caliber rifle for deer?

I shot a deer three years ago with a .25-20.
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Re: Light caliber rifle for deer?

I killed the biggest buck of my like with a 223.
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Re: Light caliber rifle for deer?

Killed two with a 22-250. the last one I killed was a horrible shot. right in the backside. when we butchered the deer the bullet went in and shattered the left hip skipped across shattering the pelvis, then it broke the rig hip and then the bullet finally stopped. Needless to say the bullet did its job, and the deer dropped in her tracks(I was 16 at the time the reason for the bad shot lol) I've seen identical shots 2 other times by other people one was a 270 and a 30-06. Both of those deer went a long way before we recovered them.

I think the people that bash the small bore guns have never used them. I will never use anything bigger than my .243 for whitetail. Anything else is just overkill. If all I hunted was fields I'd probably still use the 22-250
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Re: Light caliber rifle for deer?

204 is not a leagal caliber it must be a 22 cal and a 204 is a 20 caliber
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My friend's son last year shot a 6 pointer at 80yds with his 223. Deer never took a step.
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I think the people that bash the small bore guns have never used them

We have used them...on groundhogs
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Re: Light caliber rifle for deer?

i have used the 204 and if legal wouldnt be afrait to use it on whitetail it a very accurate cal and i shoot a 32 grain vmax at 4125 fps it will tear some hogs and coyote up i wouldnt sell it for twice what i paid for it
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