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Old 11-18-2013, 12:36 PM   #1
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Took my guns to the range yesterday; 22-250 700, .223 SPS Tactical, and my 110 Savage 30.06. The savage beat the scope rings loose and before I knew it i wasn't even hitting the target, wasted a box of ammo figuring that out... 22-250, tack driver. Last was the .223 and trying different ammo from 55-69gr. It LOVED Winchester 69gr match ammo, 5 shots inside a dime sized target @100yd. it also did well with 62gr fusion msr.

Granted, the match ammo is not the best for hunting but if shot placement is key, it seems like a good call. Anyone hunt with theirs and what ammo? I dont think it matters with head shots but how about vitals?
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I'm not 100% but I think in FL you can't hunt Deer with it. Not sure about other things.
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Haven't kept up with Florida regs but used to be that a deer rifle had to be at least 24 caliber.
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only specification is "centerfire". any searching I do says its legal and I cant find any mention of a minimum caliber.
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I do not, but i know a lot of people do.
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Long as it is center fire you can hunt with it. Wouldn't be my choice but that round has sent allot of enemies of the US to receive their 70 virgins !
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It has a primer and is over .220" which is fine for most or should I say some states just to be safe. I would be sure that you know the law before you go. I know my uncle has dropped many deer with his .223 AR15. I wouldn't hesitate to take a head shot with the smaller caliber.
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I'm pretty sure the limiting factor is your restricted to five rounds... Period! The part I'm not sure about is whether or not you can use a higher capacity clip with only five rounds in the gun. I would think hunting with the extra capacity clip would be akin to hunting with an unplugged shotgun with only 3 shells in it.
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I've shot a couple deer with my son's H&R 223 single shot. They were both vital shots and both deer went down in less than 30 yards. I roll my own and us a 62gr. Hornady SP with Varget.
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Either the match or fusions will do just fine on these deer down here. If you want a better chance of getting an exit wound I would use the fusions but both will work fine.

Florida law is that you must use a center fire cartridge (no rimfire), you must use expanding projectiles (no fmj), and if using a SEMI AUTO rifle the magazine capacity must be limited to five rounds. Manually operated bolt and pump actions rifles do not have a limit on the number of rounds you can carry in the rifle.
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