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Which of these marginal calibers? .30 Carbine vs .223?

Old 07-21-2011, 09:53 AM
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Default Which of these marginal calibers? .30 Carbine vs .223?

A .30 Carbine or .223 for deer hunting? Okay, I know these two calibers are questionable at best and always bring out some very strong opinions. I DO NOT hunt with either one of these(I use .45-70 and .303 Brit). But just for fun, if these were your only two options, which would you use for deer hunting?? Not limited to military ball of course.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:19 AM
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ive heard of people using a .223. you need good shot placement and it will get the job done. I think it could take a deer down better than a.30 carbine though. i wasnt familiar with the ballistics of it so i googled it. said it had half the energy of a 30-30 winchester. i wouldnt use either really but i go with the .223. i'd try to make a heart shot or head shot.

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Old 07-21-2011, 12:01 PM
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Between those two go with the .223. The .30 caliber carbine is pretty pitiful powerwise. Neither would be my choice but the .223 is easily the superior of those two.
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:17 PM
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Neither, if you feel that they are marginal (I do). My father used an M-1 30 cal. carbine in the 60's and killed a deer with it. Then he got smart and upgraded to a 30-06 (which I still have).
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:45 PM
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Neither! But if I had to use one it would be the .223!
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:44 PM
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Neither! But if I had to use one it would be the .223!
I agree.

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Old 07-21-2011, 05:05 PM
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A 223. is a far superior cartridge!!! The 30 carbine is just about useless for anything.
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Old 07-21-2011, 07:20 PM
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The .30 caliber carbine, but only at bow range. LOL !!!



I do like the .223 as a Predator/Varmint round though !


I always want to use enough gun..........I owe it to the animals I hunt.

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Old 07-22-2011, 05:30 AM
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The .30 Carbine has approximately the energy of a .38 special. Not exactly what I would want to take deer hunting. The .223 is much more powerful, but still on the small side for deer. If I had to take one, I would take the .223 loaded with a 60 grain Nosler Partition or a 64 grain Power Point. With good shot placement, either will take a deer at reasonable ranges.
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Old 07-22-2011, 02:01 PM
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I remember reading an article that I believe stated the .30 carbine had more energy at 100yds than a .44 mag did at 25yds, something to that affect, and just how the .30 is often states as being too light for deer, but almost no one would 2nd guess using a .44mag on a deer up close.
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