Originally Posted by Michael Saari
The 223 round will kill any north america game. Just ask any gun dealer: I have shot and killed over 20 deer in Michigan using every bullet from 55 grain soft point (Black Hills) to 60 gr Hornady tap FPD's.
I feel that the 223 drops em much faster than a 30-06.
I own 20 acres in Michigan and wont use anything other than a 223.
They drop fast.
I've had deer run 200 with a 30-o6, never had a deer run further than 50 yards with an AR-15 223 round.
Really? With my .30-06 they don't take a step. I'm not going to knock a .223, I mean a .22 hornet has killed deer. Is it the best? probably not. Shot placement CAN have more of an impact than caliber. It's all situational. My .30-06 is what SWAT uses. I know where to put my bullet, the past 2 years all of my shots have been DRT. My first year of hunting (3 years ago) I was shooting for vitals. They ran some then. Now I shoot neck / above shoulder (depending on distance and position) and the most I've seen one do is a backflip and landed on his head. Anyways, if .223 is legal where the OP is, the worst you'll get for using it is dirty looks.
I'm not of the AR persuasion when it comes to hunting, but I guess that's a personal choice. I carried an M-16 for five years in the Marines, great for that scenario, but unless you are planning on being ambushed by a herd of deer, a bolt action serves my purpose these days.