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Thread: .223 go-to guns?

  1. #31
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    Jun 2012
    lower hutt
    i enjoy my zastava, nice to carry. the 55gr PPU worked well on a deer just on 150 metres and a couple of pigs close up. i have a deer load using the 55gr barnes and that goes well too.

    know your rifle, know your shot placement.
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  2. #32
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    Jul 2014
    When I used the 222 most the time I tended to chest shoot most animals, shot some big stags too. So long as you shot is true and with a reasonable bullet that will get into the vitals you had a dead deer. The animals would usually run up to 50 yards then pile up. That's one reason I like a bullet to exit nowadays if possible, if it runs there is blood everywhere and easy to follow.
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  3. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Headroom View Post
    @Taff, nice one. Looks like your aimpoint was about 30mm behind the eye?

    This leads me to another question re headshots from the front.

    Is the head of a deer similar in structure to a cow, so that you can use the same rule of thumb for a headshot?

    ( ie draw an imaginary line on the forehead from opposite eye to opposite ear to form an x.)
    My father was a vet and would advise farmers to put down cattle (if needed) using a 22lr and the x aimpoint, but very close range and aiming square onto the head

  4. #34
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    Ive bounced 9 shots from .22 magnum off stags head at 50 yards..they were furrowing along and wouldnt go in....very messy.it was one in the crease as it walked away that tipped it over.
    my zastava .223 has taken a few deer for me now,my go to load for years was 24.5 grns 2206 behind what ever projectile took my fancy 50-52 or 55grn.
    present load for bigger stuff is a 50grn ttsx and I really cant fault it at all.
    I dont target deer as such with the wee rifle but sometimes I just like to take it...funny thing is Ive shot more pigs using this rifle than any other in the last 20 years,the last one was 140lbs at 100ish yards bang flop in the crease.
    given a quick shot at bush ranges at piss poor angle....the .308 with 180grn round nose all day long...quite settled deer in the open sub 200 yards,the .223 is fine n dandy.the poohseventy will do both and handle longer range with ease.

  5. #35
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    Jul 2012
    Te Awamutu Rural
    Shot most of my deer with the .223 and goats. Used a .308 on both as well. Currently using a Blackout and liking it. The first and last rounds make you think about the placement of your shots for sure. Iím happy to walk away if Iím not comfortable with the shot.

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