Hunting Whitetail: How Small A Cartridge?

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wally
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Hunting Whitetail: How Small A Cartridge?

Postby wally » Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:30 am

Down in NC the deer are rather small. I know several people that hunt them with an AR in 223, something I'd never consider up north on the 250lb whitetail.

How small a cartridge would everyone consider in hunting a Whitetail? I'd not go much lower than a 260 or 250 Savage if you have one. I know people that swear by a 243 but I'm a little hesitant on one as you have to make a very good shot to avoid wounding and in areas of high human population surrounding the soybean fields and strip woods between tracking a deer can get very hairy with little opportunity for a safe second shot plus you run out of the area you have permission to hunt very fast

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Re: Hunting Whitetail: How Small A Cartridge?

Postby nooneimportant » Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:47 am

Dont look at me,I am a .375H&H man.

wally
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Re: Hunting Whitetail: How Small A Cartridge?

Postby wally » Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:10 pm

That might be a little big for a 120lb deer. Maybe i should have asked whats too big

Blammer
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Re: Hunting Whitetail: How Small A Cartridge?

Postby Blammer » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:35 pm

243 should do just fine on them around here. I'll let you know this fall. :)
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Re: Hunting Whitetail: How Small A Cartridge?

Postby Outpost75 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:36 pm

I hunted whitetails in Alabama where it was legal to do so with a .223 and with proper bullets which stay together, it does OK with good shot placement.
This was in the early 1980s and we used the 60-grain Nosler solid-base SP in both .223 and .22-250. Shot over a dozen deer in camp with them while we were there and it did fine.

These days I use a .44-40 with blackpowder loads in a 7-1/2" revolver or 20" lever-action carbine and at woods ranges it is as good as a .30-30.


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