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Thread: Minimum calibre for Red Deer?

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    Minimum calibre for Red Deer?

    hi all, this year will be my first 'roar', i have two choices .223 & 7.62 cal rifles, i know all about shot placement, but would it be more of an advantage to use the 7.62 on reds?
    but i should be quite close, so will the .223 suffice? DILEMA....and im not humping both in!!!!!!

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    Its your first roar - 7.62. No mucking about.
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    +1. Take the 7.62. You don't want some 12 point stag bending you over and giving you one just because you pissed him off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    +1. Take the 7.62. You don't want some 12 point stag bending you over and giving you one just because you pissed him off.
    Jeese Rushy......ill take that advice for sure, shall i go 'extra safe' and get a .50 cal so there is no doubt?

    big thanks guys, i was in the 7.62 frame of mind, but a mate kept going on about .223 as its 'close'
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    You will end up disapointed with the 223. Very little room for error.

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    scouser, are you talking 7.62x39 or 7.62x51 (308) ?

    either way I would still choose 7.62, the 39 round is limited to around 200m, but should be fine for most bush hunting in NZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouser View Post
    Jeese Rushy......ill take that advice for sure, shall i go 'extra safe' and get a .50 cal so there is no doubt?
    Good on ya Scouser otherwise it could have been you doing the roaring for all the wrong reasons. You are clearly a quick learner.
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    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebf View Post
    scouser, are you talking 7.62x39 or 7.62x51 (308) ?

    either way I would still choose 7.62, the 39 round is limited to around 200m, but should be fine for most bush hunting in NZ
    ebf, 7.62 x 39, should have enough 'push' for under 100 mts, eh !
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    yup, that's what I bought

    no recoil, cheap ammo, and good for goats & deer

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    This year will be my first roar too, and I'd feel under gunned with a 223 for sure. Go for the 7.62 if you're only in close range. I'm shooting with 7mm08. Happy roar.
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    I have gutted goats and turkeys with the x39 I would say under 100m that stag wont be walking far after a nice solid hit. Just remember just cause its bigger rifle doesnt mean aim poorly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toby View Post
    I have gutted goats and turkeys with the x39 I would say under 100m that stag wont be walking far after a nice solid hit. Just remember just cause its bigger rifle doesnt mean aim poorly
    Cheers guys, will (always) concentrate on shot placement and try to not get too excited.....try!
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    You can only try. Shit happend to the best of us

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    As everyone has said above.

    7.62 wins hands down.

    Don't even consider the .223.

    Good Luck with your Roar.

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