When's the last time you shot a Deer Melvin? Like never? 100 yard brain shot is optimum with a AR-15 .223? You really don't know anything do you?there's people who really CAN hunt (and shoot) and then there's people like the lops here. who are lucky to be able to hit a deer's vitals at 100m, if they cant shoot from the bipod.
I'd love to find one but all the reasonable priced ones around here look like they were dragged behind a tractor.Back when I did a lot of deer hunting, my caliber of choice was .308 Winchester. It is one of the calibers of choice in the AR platform. At that time I did a lot of long range shooting regularly so I felt very confident with engaging a target at 500 yds.
I had a Remington M788 in .308 for 14 years, bought it in 1979, fantastic rifle. For a 5 year period i used to put a 1000 Canadian 7.62mm Ball through it each year. After 5 years it still gave groups of 1 1/4" at 100 yards.
I shot my bragging shot with a Remington M788 fitted with a Bushnel/Banner 4x scope fitted with a BDC. I was using Remington 150 grain Core Lokt. I was hunting on the prairies and only able to get within 450 yds. I got into the prone, snuggled up to the stock, dialed into 450 and gently squeezed. 6 pointer mulie buck, 1 shot, heart shot! He went straight down. I never started out hunting season unless I had fired a minimum of 200 rds in practice for that year.
If you have an opportunity , buy one, great guns
I bought a beautiful 1919 Rock Island Arsenal 1903 with a burnt out barrel about 8 years ago. I had a horse shoe up my butt when I found 3 brand new 1903 barrels on the internet, bought them and rebarrelled mine. Once I got it finished I found out that BATF wouldn't let me bring it into the US for matches. It was considered to be "US Ordnance supplied to a foreign power".I'd love to find one but all the reasonable priced ones around here look like they were dragged behind a tractor.
I currently have 3 Remington's a 1903A3 and two heavy barrel model 700's a .308Win and a .300Win Mag.
Still would love to happen upon a 788.
Getting "a solid brain hit" at only 100 yards sounds easy doesn't it, when we're sitting comfortably in climate-controlled living rooms tapping on our computer keyboards. Let's look at the real world application, and the tolerance-stacking that comes into play.it depends mostly upon your ability to get within 100m and get a solid brain hit. Then a 223 softpoint drops them like rocks.