OK. This is about the 4th forum I have read on the "BIG" debate, will a .223 take down a deer? I am 18 and just started hunting this year. I took a small 8 pointer with my mathews about a month ago. What I am getting at is that I am not an expirienced hunter...at all. But I have a passion for it. When my dad told me I was going to be using a .223 this year I was concerned about it, so i did a lot of research. The facts say a .223 should perform almost as good as any other rifle. Almost. The hunters say.....split decision, some guys say they have been using a .223 for years and the deer drop on the spot, while other guys say you are better off hitting the deer in the head with the gun. This is where I come in, tomorrow 30 min before sun up I will be in my stand for Wisconsin gun opener. My seeing radius is about 160 yards all around me. The barrel is 1-9 twist and I am using Hornady 75 grain hallow points. Sighted in at 100 yards 3 shots in 3 inches. So what better way to find out if it will drop a deer than to go out and use it. So I will come back and post when I have results!
Well, it sounds like you are using the right bullet for the caliber, 75grs, if to be used for deer.
Truth be told young man I am sure that as long as I got to within fifty sixty yards and took my time to sink one right into the heart and or lungs, I could use my Winchester 22 Mag lever action and probably kill deer more often then not. Does that mean If legal I'd go packing my 22 Mag come deer season? No, not at all and the reason being there are a plethora of calibers available that are just more suited to the task of putting down a deer right there and right now provided you hit em right.
If I had that once in a lifetime buck in my sights at 275 yards away giving me the shot I'd much rather have a 270 in my hand then a 223.
Good luck on your hunt and hit em in the boiiler room and you should be fine.