is anyone REALLY taking this post seriously? John...you stirring the stuff again? 338RUM is too much for deer in PA, only god for texas heart shots. the deer will run for 20 miles with that trash can sized hole in it's ribs. and the 223 is only good for base of head/neck shots...aim for the ear hole or eyeball but for gosh sakes don't aim for the vitals. :shaking head:
Feral Cats are God's version of Ballistic Gelatin. - anonymous from another forum
It's kind of like asking which hammer would be best for framing a house. A 10# sledge or a tack hammer.
Save yourself alot of trouble; buy a short action cartridge such as a .243, .308 and be done with it. Shells are cheaper than most and easy to find. Plenty of power and accuracy and is available in many different styles of rifles. It will work for everything you need done. Why complicate the matter.