Is the .223 Remington a Viable Deer Cartridge?
By: Keith Wood
This is one of those arguments that has been around for years and is unlikely to be settled by what I’m about to write. Nonetheless, unlike other silly exercises like comparing the .270 to the .280, this question merits a legitimate discussion.
One of the cornerstones of hunting ethics is to take one’s game as quickly and painlessly as possible. Since more and more hunters are heading afield with Modern Sporting Rifles chambered in .223, this ethical discussion merits fresh attention.
Let’s begin by putting the hyperbole aside and addressing the facts of what we’re asking this cartridge to do. We are asking a bullet to reach the animal at a velocity that will allow the bullet to expand reliably, and for that bullet to penetrate deeply enough through bone, tissue, and organs in order to produce enough damage to the anatomical target (heart and/or lungs) to permanently interrupt oxygen production.
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