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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-17-2013, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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.223 for small game

Does anyone use a .223 centerfire for small game like rabbit or squirrel on the ground? Would it tear them up quite a bit or not? Just wonder how it would work for small game.
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Re: .223 for small game

I like em for grouse...+with the speed of the bullet you don't have to lead as much

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May as well use a hand grenade unless you only take head shots.




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Re: .223 for small game

I dont think I would use standard 223 loads on squirrel or rabbit. It will probably blow them up bad. If you reload you can put together a reduced load to use. I have a reduced load for my .222 that I am going to use for squirrel's. I am using 8gr of IMR Trail Boss powder and a 40gr bullet.

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Re: .223 for small game

wouldn't it be just as easy to use a 22?

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Re: .223 for small game

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Does anyone use a .223 centerfire for small game like rabbit or squirrel on the ground? Would it tear them up quite a bit or not? Just wonder how it would work for small game.
Only on groundhog, turkey, and when i was younger deer.

BTW...that was with a .222.
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Re: .223 for small game

I may have to use my 223 if the 22lr ammo supply doesn't change.
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wouldn't it be just as easy to use a 22?
Cause a hand grenade is more effective.

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Re: .223 for small game

Obama does have a city and it's called America; and it's starting to look like Detroit.

I guess I knew a .223 would be a bit much for small game but I was interested in whether anyone ever used it for that.
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Re: .223 for small game

look at the predator forum and the damage a 223 will do to a groundhog... bullet choice is always a consideration but I would definitely opt for a different gun for small game.

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