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  1. srjdsmith

    .223 for deer

    Nope. Not stirring anything and genuinely asked for advice. They said a heavier bullet- I’ve always shot 52’s and 55’s- so I got 64 grain. They said not hollow point (I probably would have thought hp’s) so I got Winchester XP’s. They said no long shots so my son passed on a couple shots and took this one at 60-65 yards. They said don’t try to break bone so he waited a step or two until the shoulder was out of the way. We did what was advised and since I appreciate the advice I wanted to show the results. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. srjdsmith

    .223 for deer

    Then there’s this to add... Winchester Deer Season 64 grain Extreme Point. One quartering shot destroyed the heart and one lung. He went about 5 yards. Small forked rack but nice size deer. We’re filling the freezer, not the wall this year (need the venison and no $ for taxidermy Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. srjdsmith

    More Snow....Is It Summer Yet.....

    WAY easier to spot a deer on snow... sorry, no sympathy from me until after after deer season. Also, Happy Veteran’s weekend. Thank you for serving. I hope you have a good visit with your daughter. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. srjdsmith

    Good Morning!

    Good morning! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. srjdsmith

    Good Morning!

    Good morning, from rainy Iowa. (It held off just enough for a quick range trip yesterday, though.) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. srjdsmith

    .223 for deer

    I’ll check on that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. srjdsmith

    Good Morning!

    Good morning! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. srjdsmith

    Good Morning!

    Good morning! (Even though I hate going to work at night. Do you suppose they’ll ever pass a law, that as the meteorological day gets shorter, the school day also gets shorter?) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. srjdsmith

    Well, Finally a job interview BUT....

    Awesome!! Congratulations! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. srjdsmith

    .223 for deer

    I have 10 round mags because I don’t need to punch 30 holes in the same bulls eye. And 30 round mags are a pain on the bench. But Wisconsin has no magazine limit. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. srjdsmith

    .223 for deer

    Wisconsin law says, “It is illegal to use a center-fire rifle less than .22 caliber”. Also no rimfire or air rifle. .223 is legal. Before next year my son will be building a Bushy upper to put on his lower- for his wife! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. srjdsmith

    .223 for deer

    (I don’t know how to quote two people but someone else said something similar.) Yes. I’ve lost count of deer I’ve harvested with everything from .357 mag Ruger Security Six, to 20 and 12 ga slugs and sabots, to .50 muzzle loader, to 30-06. I would definitely shoot the .223 and my son, who has put at least 10 deer in the freezer would also. I do reload, but not .223 yet- they were just gonna’ be target rifles, and we just got started. I was hoping to get dies for the Bushy and expand my .357 & .30-06 operation to include the 450B next. Then this came up, so factory ammo it is. Also, if my daughter-in-law fills her tag first, I’m gonna want my Bushy back for mine... His f-i-l actually has a rifle. An AR. .223 (eye roll). It would suck for my d-i-l to get a deer with my new rifle before I do. It would suck even more for her NOT to get her first deer. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. srjdsmith

    .223 for deer

    The description says something about “Questions you were afraid to ask somewhere else...” So I’m asking in the beginners armory. Don’t jump down my throat. I know that .223 isn’t... great? ...acceptable? ... ideal? For deer. Background: When my son and I built them, we intended to punch holes in paper; Iowa didn’t allow rifle hunting for deer. His doesn’t like 5.56, mine doesn’t care. Since then, Iowa law changed and I built a 450 Bushmaster. I intend to give him my .30-06 since he can use it in Wisconsin and I can use my Bushy in both Wi and Ia. And we both have .223’s for target shooting (actually both chambered for 5.56). Problem solved. Now his wife and father-in-law want to hunt (in Wisconsin). In like two weeks. Can two of us use the .223’s? I don’t know how to organize two more proper rifles before then. If this isn’t the most terrible idea ever, what ammo? (I once saw my dad kill a Pennsylvania deer with a .222 Last minute opportunity to go out. Borrowed rifle. When we field dressed, one lung was jellied and the arteries were shot free so it’s heart rolled down the hill as soon as he was open. .222 Like a .22 Hornet sized cartridge.) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Shot this target Last year with my 12 gauge. I was disgusted at the 100 yard accuracy (the three black dots where I healed it) of 12 ga. slugs- even with a scope and rifled barrel. That’s when I decided to build the Bushy. What I love is that the holes from the Bushmaster are virtually the same size as the holes from the 12 gauge slugs! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I was tempted. Even more with the 22” barrel but by then I had built the AR. I wouldn’t be surprised if I fall to the temptation of a Ruger some day, but it will be cool hunting with a rifle that I built, ya’ know? 80% lower and everything. New experience for me. I have a Ruger mod.77 30-06 that my son is taking over since he is in Wisconsin and can use it for deer. I’ll use my Bushy in Iowa and Wisconsin, so it’s a win-win. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk