I live in Florida and the deer down here are small. Is the .223 enough of a round to bring down a Florida deer without danger of just wounding it if the shot is well-placed? Thanks for your input, Bill
I know people who shoot and kill deer (esp. does for management purposes or on depredation permits) with the .223, but I am no fan. Many of those deer are shot in the head--if you've blogged here before, you know I do not like the head shot on a doe or buck.
Fact is, the .223 is considered too small to be a legal deer cartridge in many (most?) states. I don't know about Florida, but check the regs. I would definitely recommend moving up to the .243 with 100-grain bullet, perfect for shooting small-bodied deer in the heart/lung vitals where they ought to be shot, or the 7mm-08.
What do the rest of you think? Anybody shot deer (legally) with the .223 and disagree w/me?