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222 or 223

i was thinking about getting a nice low recoil gun for varmint hunting and a gun that my wife could use for deer hunting if she decides to go. i would like your guys thought on the 222 or 223 i will be reloading so cost of ammo is not an issue.
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Re: 222 or 223

There's not a whole lot of difference between the two. Many more rifles are chambered in the .223 these days. I prefer a bigger caliber for deer but plenty have been killed effectively with 222/223's. You might also consider a 22-250 with reduced loads for varmints if recoil is a problem for your wife. Then you could load it up a little heavier for whitetails than the smaller .22's.

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Re: 222 or 223

If you're going shoot deer with it, get the .223, and get one with a barrel twist that will stabilize the heavier bullets. The you can load up some 60gr nosler partitions, or 62gr barnes triple shocks for the deer. You should be able to get the 50 or 55 gr vmax's(or something similar) to work in the same rifle for the ground grizzlies.

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Re: 222 or 223

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Re: 222 or 223

IMO First I have a 222 and no need to hunt deer with it. If I had to pick it would be .223 cause of twist. If I were in your shoes I'ed think along the lines of .243 Good for deer and Varmints. Re-coil is low for anyone,kids, woman or re-coil shy men. Good Luck anyways...later
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Re: 222 or 223

Of the two I would go with the 223, only because it is the more popular of the two, brass is much easier to come by.
But if reloading a new round the sky is the limit, I donít think either of these rounds are what anyone would call an ideal Deer round.
As mentioned the 243 would a better choice, my wife is not into varmint hunting, but has taken several deer with her 270 that I load with reduced loads, no complaints on the recoil.
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Re: 222 or 223

Same as everyone else has said 223 out of two. IF you dont want to go to a 243 an want to hunt deer with it. I'd make sure you ust a GOOD heavy bullet. TSX, Win 64PP, 60gr Partition, or even a 75gr AMAX.
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Re: 222 or 223

If his wife may or may not hunt, and he wants one of the two calibers he mentioned calibers for varmint hunting, I see no reason why a deer or two can't be harvested without a problem with the .223(or the .222 for that matter), with the appropriate bullets. I wouldn't buy a gun I really didn't want, on the chance that my wife "might" decide to hunt with it, just because it would be potentially better for deer once or twice that it gets used on them.

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Re: 222 or 223

All i can tell you is that i've killed deer with a .222, but shot placement is very crucial!
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Re: 222 or 223

Personally,Ive taken more deer with a .223 than any other rifle in the safe.It'll do the job if you do yours.
Most importantly,no matter what you decide,get her out there to practice with the firearm and learn its capabilities.
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