Originally Posted by mauser06
Like was said...the 223 is not a big game round....it CAN be used...but imo it is best left in the hands of an expirienced hunter if being used for deer...and i would NEVER carry one bear hunting...no offense meant..we were all new hunters at one point or another...
No offense taken, I appreciate all the advice I can get on here.
New hunters are prone to making less than perfect shots...not completely understanding anatomy, shot placement etc...
That's a valid point.
A common 308, 270, 3006 etc will suite you much better imo...
The shotgun will work but it needs setup for deer hunting imo...sure you can shoot rifled slugs and possibly see decent accuracy...but with a bead sight and smooth bore its often about useless...good rifle sights or scope and experimenting with different slugs will be needed....or buy a rifles cantaliver barrel and scope for it and shoot sabots...
For the moment, it's really the guns I have now, BUT by the time deer season rolls around (knock on wood) I'll be able to get an additional barrel or rifle. Keep in mind being situation in the SRA, there is an incentive to stick around with shotguns. However, now that I finally have a scope, I'll consider going back to a lever gun again for deer season...once again factoring economics and free time. Luckily for now, the only things that can be hunted (red tag excluded) are generally Turkey and Woodchucks, so I think I'll have some time to work on fundamentals before it becomes an issue with deer.
IF you are dead set on the 223...nosler makes partitions and i think barnes makes a deer bullet as well...you need a good bullet designed for deer...run of the mill varmint bullets is asking for wounded lost deer imo....
That's my plan. I have regular ones to scope in my rifle, and work on basics, but I'll get the proper ammo load for each animal.
Good luck...id highly recommend a dedicated deer rifle....will treat you much better
Thank you very much and truth be told, depending on when and where I hunt, I'll most likely do that.